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Solar Images - White Light - ISOON

browse graphicBrowse ISOON image of the sun within the 630.315 continuum provided by the National Solar Observatory
The Improved Solar Observing Optical Network (ISOON) project is a collaboration between the Air Force Research Laboratory Space Vehicles Directorate and the National Solar Observatory. ISOON is a semi-autonomous, remotely commandable patrol telescope designed for studies of solar activity in support of space weather specifications and forecasts. ISOON can receive and analyze solar images and other data at a remote location -- in essence, forming a desktop solar observatory. ISOON acquires solar images in the hydrogen-alpha line (once per minute), in continuum (once every ten minutes), and in line-of-sight magnetic fields. The current dataset is limited to daily solar images in the 630.315 continuum.

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Distributor DOC/NOAA/NESDIS/NGDC > National Geophysical Data Center, NESDIS, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce
Point of Contact William Denig
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Originator
  • Scientific Data Stewardship provided by the National Geophysical Data Center, NESDIS, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce.
Publisher
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Date(s)
  • publication: 2003-05-07
Dataset Progress Status Under development
Data Update Frequency: Annually
Supplemental Information: Collection consists of daily solar images within the 630.315 continuum
Purpose: The NGDC Solar and Terrestrial Physics (STP) division provides scientific data stewardship of solar-terrestrial datasets in compliance with NOAA Administrative Order (NAO) 212-12, "Management of Environmental and Geospatial Data and Information", dated 04 Nov 10. Scientific Data Stewardship includes the Archive, Access, and Assessment (AAA) of operational and related solar and space environmental datasets.
Time Period: 2003-05-07  to  2012-04-12
Spatial Reference System:
Spatial Bounding Box Coordinates:
N: 37.0
S: 31.3
E: -106.6
W: -109.0
Spatial Coverage Map:
Themes
  • Sun-Earth Interactions > Solar Activity > Solar Active Regions
  • Sun-Earth Interactions > Solar Activity > Solar Imagery
  • Sun-Earth Interactions > Solar Activity > Sunspots
Data Centers
  • DOC/NOAA/NESDIS/NGDC > National Geophysical Data Center, NESDIS, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce
Platforms
  • Solar Observatory Stations
Instruments
  • Solar Telescope
Places
  • Space > Solar Region > Photosphere
Projects
  • NOAA > Space Weather Program
  • WDS > World Data Center for Geophysics, Boulder
Use Constraints
  • Access Constraints: None Use Constraints: None Distribution Liability: While every effort has been made to ensure that these data are accurate and reliable within the limits of the current state of the art, NOAA cannot assume liability for any damages caused by any errors or omissions in the data, nor as a result of the failure of the data to function on a particular system. NOAA makes no warranty, expressed or implied, nor does the fact of distribution constitute such a warranty.
Access Constraints
  • Access Constraints: None Use Constraints: None Distribution Liability: While every effort has been made to ensure that these data are accurate and reliable within the limits of the current state of the art, NOAA cannot assume liability for any damages caused by any errors or omissions in the data, nor as a result of the failure of the data to function on a particular system. NOAA makes no warranty, expressed or implied, nor does the fact of distribution constitute such a warranty.
Fees
  • Daily images can be downloaded free of charge from the NGDC Solar and Terrestrial Physics (STP) division.
Source Datasets
  • Hydrogen Alpha Solar Images: ISOON
Lineage Statement ISOON is designed to replace the existing Solar Observing Optical Network (SOON), which the USAF currently operates as a world-wide network of solar optical telescopes for monitoring solar activity. Both SOON and ISOON provide data that support a wide variety of users of space weather specifications and forecasts. The original SOON, in operation since the mid-1970s, was slated for an upgrade in its capabilities to observe solar activity. Hence ISOON was conceived in 1996, and was designed with the added feature of having each of its telescopes remotely operated from a single command and analysis center. The objectives of ISOON are to improve solar monitoring capabilities and to reduce operating costs via less required maintenance (design simplication compared to SOON) and the ability to analyze data from all ISOON sites at one central location. The design and construction of ISOON took place at the National Solar Observatory / Sacramento Peak, as a joint project of the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) and the National Solar Observatory. The prototype instrument was completed and demonstrated in 2002. Non-contiguous daily solar images are currently available from 2003 to 2012. As of July 2012 the ISOON instrument is being re-located to Kirtland AFB where it will continue to be operated by AFRL for research and limited operational support.

Metadata Last Modified: 2012-07-31

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