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Temporary image availability issue

We are experiencing issues in serving new images. The problem is being diagnosed. We apologize for the interruption to the normal operation of Helioviewer Project services.

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Impact of YouTube’s new authentication protocol

In the past week, YouTube changed their authentication protocol. The authentication protocol is used by helioviewer.org to allow users to upload movies directly from helioviewer.org to a user’s YouTube account. We are currently working on changing helioviewer.org to take account of the change in Youtube’s authorization protocol. Currently, it is not possible to upload movies directly from helioviewer.org to YouTube.

However, it is still possible to upload movies made by helioviewer.org. If you download the movie to your computer, log in to your YouTube account, and use that to upload and publish your helioviewer.org movie.

We apologize for the interruption in helioviewer.org’s ability to upload movies directly to YouTube. We are working on updating helioviewer.org to accommodate the new YouTube protocol.

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Performance issues with Helioviewer Project Clients

We are currently experiencing some performance issues with Helioviewer Project clients, helioviewer.org and JHelioviewer. We are working to diagnose the problem and to get our services back to nominal operations as soon as possible. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

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Total Solar Eclipse of March 20th, 2015

A total solar eclipse will be visible in the Northern Hemisphere tomorrow. The Faroe Islands and Svalbard (Norway) are on the eclipse path. The following websites show the path of the eclipse:

http://eclipse.gsfc.nasa.gov/SEgoogle/SEgoogle2001/SE2015Mar20Tgoogle.html

http://astro.ukho.gov.uk/eclipse/0112015/

http://xjubier.free.fr/en/site_pages/solar_eclipses/TSE_2015_GoogleMapFull.html

These sites may experience heavy traffic today and tomorrow.

Please take all necessary precautions when viewing the eclipse, if you in the path of the total or partial eclipse.

The eclipse will also be seen by the PROBA2/SWAP instrument.

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Helioviewer Project Services now resumed

We are pleased to report that all Helioviewer Project services should now be operational. Helioviewer.org and JHelioviewer services should now be operating normally. Over the next couple of days we will fill in any gaps in data coverage. Note that users of JHelioviewer who edited their users.properties to user services provided by the Institut d’Astrophysique Spatiale can either continue using their service, or remove their edits.

We apologize for the interruption to Helioviewer Project services.

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Temporary replacement Helioviewer services now available.

Colleagues at the Institut d’Astrophysique Spatiale in France have graciously stepped in to provide Helioviewer services while Helioviewer Project servers are undergoing maintenance.

To use the web client, please go to http://helioviewer.ias.u-psud.fr/helioviewer/. Note that the “Upload Video to YouTube” function is not available from this site.

To use JHelioviewer, please add the following lines to your JHelioviewer/Settings/user.properties file

API.jp2series.path=http\://helioviewer.ias.u-psud.fr/helioviewer/api/index.php
API.dataSources.path=http\://helioviewer.ias.u-psud.fr/helioviewer/api/?action\=getDataSources&verbose\=true
default.remote.path=jpip\://helioviewer.ias.u-psud.fr\:8080
API.event.path=http\://helioviewer.ias.u-psud.fr/helioviewer/api/
display.laf=com.sun.java.swing.plaf.gtk.GTKLookAndFeel
default.httpRemote.path=http\://helioviewer.ias.u-psud.fr/helioviewer/jp2/
API.jp2images.path=http\://helioviewer.ias.u-psud.fr/helioviewer/api/index.php
default.server=ias

We thank the Institut d’Astrophysique Spatiale for volunteering their services while Helioviewer Project servers are undergoing maintenance.

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Continued service interruption

We apologize for the continued interruption to Helioviewer Project service. This is due to necessary maintenance of our server systems that requires them to be offline. We will bring services back online as soon as possible. Once again, we apologize for the interruption to Helioviewer Project services.

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Scheduled Service Interruption, Monday 6th October 2014

Helioviewer Project services will be interrupted on Monday 6th October 2014. This is due to scheduled and necessary maintenance. Services will be shut down from approximately 5am EST Monday 6th October 2014. Services are scheduled to resume at approximately 12 noon EST Monday 6th October 2014, or as soon as possible. We apologize for the inconvenience caused by the interruption to Helioviewer Project services.

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Helioviewer API tools for multiple platforms now available

The Helioviewer Project maintains a set of public APIs with the goal of improving access to solar and
heliospheric datasets to scientists, educators, developers, and the general public. Helioviewer.org and JHelioviewer are two client applications that make use of the Helioviewer API. You can build your own. The API is fully described at our API documentation page. Examples of usage are also provided.

For easy access to API responses within your code, check out the open-source libraries available at Unirest.io. Libraries are provided for integration with Python, PHP, Java, Ruby, Objective-C, Node.js, .NET, and Windows 8 code bases.

The API is also available via Mashape – check it out here.

The combination of our API documentation page and the Unirest.io libraries puts solar and heliospheric image data in your hands so you can develop your own applications. If you have any questions regarding usage of the API, please send us an email at contact@helioviewer.org.

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Follow the Helioviewer Project on Twitter

The Helioviewer Project is now on Twitter, @Helioviewer.

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Please follow us on Twitter for the latest solar and heliospheric news and movies, as well as new Helioviewer Project features.

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Strong geomagnetic storm expected and a scrubbed launch

Yesterday, many users posted movies of the first X-class flare of 2014:

from Youtube user otraLoly

from Youtube user Jorge Armando Cazares

As a result of this flare and the accompanying coronal mass ejection, the
Space Weather Prediction Center of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) are anticipating strong Geomagnetic Storm conditions to occur on January 9 and 10.

The high level of radiation due to this eruptive event also led to the scrubbing of a resupply mission to the International Space Station (ISS).

Thanks again to our users for sharing their movies!

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Comet ISON is approaching

Comet ISON will shortly appear in images from our suite of Sun-watching instruments available via the Helioviewer Project. It has already been seen in images from the Heliospheric Imager onboard STEREO.

Comet ISON will first appear in LASCO C3 at 02:00 UT on Wednesday 27th November, and will appear in the LASCO C2 field-of-view at 13:00 UT on Thursday 28th November.

Path of COMET ISON as seen from SOHO

Path of COMET ISON as seen from SOHO LASCO C2 and C3 coronagraphs.

The comet will exit the LASCO C2 field of view at C2 field-of-view at 23:00 UT on Thursday November 28, and the C3 field-of-view at 23:00 UT on Friday, 29th November.

Comet ISON will also move in to the SDO field of view. SDO is taking special observations of the passage of the comet in order to learn more about what happens to a comet so close to the Sun. You’ll be able to see some of the latest available images from SDO at http://cometison.gsfc.nasa.gov/#.

Please note that images will not be available precisely the times mentioned here since it takes time for the data to be downloaded from their spacecraft and processed on the ground. We will endeavor to ensure that all out users will be able to see this rare event

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Normal Helioviewer services now resumed

Full Helioviewer Project services originating at NASA – helioviewer.org, JHelioviewer and the Helioviewer API – are now back up and running. Over the next couple of days we will be backfilling in missing data from the period October 1 – 17, 2013. Thanks to our colleagues at the Space Influences Data Center (SIDC) at the Royal Observatory of Belgium for providing Helioviewer services in that period.

JHelioviewer users who edited their user profile files to use the ROB server can switch back to using Helioviewer services at NASA by removing the edits

We thank you for your patience over the past couple of weeks.

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Temporary Helioviewer services now online

Our colleagues at the Space Influences Data Center (SIDC) at the Royal Observatory of Belgium have kindly brought a Helioviewer server online at http://swhv.oma.be/helioviewer/. The webpage provides AIA 171 and 304 images taken once every 10 minutes. PROBA2-SWAP images (at full cadence) are also provided.

Users of JHelioviewer on Mac OS X can also use the Helioviewer server at SIDC to stream movies. Go to your JHelioviewer directory and look for the subdirectory “Settings”. Add these lines to the user.properties file:

API.dataSources.path=http\://swhv.oma.be/helioviewer/api/?action\=getDataSources&verbose\=true&enable\=[PROBA2]
API.jp2images.path=http\://swhv.oma.be/helioviewer/api/
API.jp2series.path=http\://swhv.oma.be/helioviewer/api/

Many thanks to our colleagues at the Royal Observatory of Belgium for providing their resources in support of the Helioviewer Project.

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Helioviewer services to cease temporarily

All Helioviewer services (helioviewer.org, JHelioviewer and any use of the API) will cease temporarily in the next few hours. Users of helioviewer.org will be re-directed to notice.usa.gov. Users of JHelioviewer will not be able to stream movies from the main Helioviewer server. Users of the API will not receive any data from their requests.

Helioviewer services are ceasing temporarily due to a partial shutdown of the US federal government.

We apologize for the interruption to our service. Normal service will be resumed as soon as possible. Please keep checking this blog for further updates.

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