Monday, November 28, 2016

Solar Wind Drops and Density up.

What we see from the NASA Data is that the solar wind plasma speed has dropped and the density has increased. Usually this follows strong events around the world. Our method also shows increased activity (stronger too) around the end of the month.
Plotted on this page are data from the 'active' real-time solar wind satellite.  Since 1998 this has been the ACE satellite (link is external), but will transition to DSCOVR (link is external) on July 27, 2016. Only magnetometer and solar wind thermal plasma data are displayed.

The NASA ACE satellite was launched in 1997 and has been providing real-time data for use in forecasting to NOAA since 1998. NOAA provided funds for the modification of the ACE transmitter to enable the broadcast of the real-time data and also funds to the instrument teams to provide the algorithms for processing the real-time data.
The two ACE instruments for which data are available are:
The NOAA DSCOVR satellite was launched in 2015 and underwent extensive commissioning.  From July 27, 2016 DSCOVR will become the active satellite.  For the user, this will be transparent, as the data products from the two satellites are identical.  Both are supplying 1-minute averaged data.
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