Bob, it's a great time to be a novice fan of the sun. It seems that almost all of the theories explaining the mechanisms driving solar activity are about to be put to the test. I look forward to coming here to get updates. The tease "already one theory has been disproved" has me anticipating news.
Alotta STUFF is going to be happening in the next few weeks. SOHO has entered into a Keyhole Period and will re-emerge at the end of the week. A week from tomorrow SOHO will enter a period of continuous contact with DSN for 10 Weeks as the the Michelson Doppler Imager will be used to calibrate HMI on SDO. That period will come to an end in Mid-July. But until then we should be receiving more frequent image updates from SOHO. I don't know if people have noticed but NASA has made substantial cut backs on DSN Time for SOHO over the last few years. Some days we are lucky to get one update per day.
The STEREO Weekly Meeting Minutes have made numerous references over the last few months intimating that NASA is getting anxious to recover the bulk of the DSN time they have allocated for SOHO. So enjoy this treat while it lasts. The SDO Website should have a number of major updates in the coming months, the first will take place in Mid-May. Once SDO is up and running at Full Steam I would expect NASA to order the SOHO Controllers to cut out all of the redundant images and data from their downloads and reduce the number of SOHO DSN Passes to one per day.
As if on cue this was posted on SDO's website today:
SDO is moving toward becoming an operational science mission. The data will be available from several sites in a variety of formats. SDO scientists and engineers are working to set up those access points, but we won't be ready for regular data releases until mid-May.
Anyone else collecting the first SDO images from Imsal SolarSoft? Some different EUV wavelengths in the earlier ones, but they seem to have settled on 4 wavelengths now with the more recent ones, 171, 193, 211 and 304.
Someone noticed a few days ago that if you click on the yellow "AIA" buttons in the middle of the blue graph below the top row of images they will take you to a page where sequences of 50 to 75 or so images in different EUV wavelengths are available for previous events, going back roughly to the first of May. "Playing" the sequences will put the series of images into your temporary internet files folder, and they can be copied from there into another folder so you have permanent copies.