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Many images of the sun and Earth are available in real time, as they are collected by instruments around the world and in space. Click on the pictures below for more information. If an image does not show up it could be that the particular instrument is not functioning today, or (for ground based instruments) that the sky is cloudy.  
  An Aurora captured in X-Ray by the PIXIE instrument onboard the POLAR spacecraft.

 

White light image of the sun, courtesy the Big Bear Solar Observatory. White-light coronameter images from the High Altitude Observatory Mauna Loa Solar Observatory (Hawaii)
 
Yohkoh Soft X-ray Telescope (SXT) full-field images from the Hiraiso Solar Terrestrial Research Center / CRL (Japan) H-alpha image of the sun, courtesy the Big Bear Solar Observatory.
 
An auroral image from the Visible Imaging System (VIS) on board the NASA Polar spacecraft. An x-ray image of the aurora, taken by the Polar Ionospheric X-ray Imaging Experiment (PIXIE) instrument on board the NASA Polar spacecraft.
 
Current Northern auroral position from the NOAA POES satellite. Current Southern auroral position from the NOAA POES satellite.

 

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