Solar data browser
What is Solscape?
Solscape is a "Solar Data Browser" application that grabs real time, up
to the minute images of the Sun in multiple light wavelengths. Solscape
also monitors current Solar flare activity, Earth view satellite images,
Solar geomagnetic activity, and Aurora activity. Solscape gets all of
its information via the Internet and compiles it in a single, easy to
use application. You can save and archive the data that Solscape
collects for later use, and you can tell Solscape to automatically grab
the data when you want.
How do I use Solscape?
Simply double click the Solscape icon to launch. There are six main
areas of information: Sun (sun images), Graphs (solar data graphs and
charts), Aurora (Aurora Borealis, AKA Northern Lights data and images),
Earth (earth images from space), Alerts (current solar alerts and
forecasts), and Moon (moon phase information). Click on the toolbar icon
to see the list of items for each area, and then choose an item from
the list on the left to see the data (Moon and Alerts do not have an
In the item list you will notice either a "!" or "√"
mark next to the item name. An "!" means the data are missing and need
to be downloaded, and a "√" means the data are ready for viewing. You
can set several options for gathering data, including automatic download
scheduling (the "Schedule" button above each image), always download
missing data when an item is selected, and more.
For more help, please see the "QuickGuide.jpg" image included with Solscape.
What happened to the Aurora Alerts?
Aurora Alerts are no longer included in this version of Solscape, as Cosmic Debris, another StimpSoft™ application, already handles that. You can find Cosmic Debris here.
What are the plans for the future of Solscape?
I plan to add the ability to archive images, create time-lapse movies, and fix that damn moon phase page eventually.
How much does it cost?
Solscape is "Suggested Donationware", or Freeware. You may use Solscape
for free for as long as you wish without any restrictions. However, in
order to help defray the cost of development and web services, we would
like you to consider donating
$20.00 to StimpSoft™ (John Schilling) if you use the application often
and find it usefull. You do not have to donate $20.00 to us, you can
donate more, less, or nothing at all. But it's good Karma, and it will
help StimpSoft™ keep developing and maintaining this (and other)
Version 2.4.2: Option to set location to southern hemisphere (for moon
phases). Minor bug fixes. French localiztion by Ronald Leroux.
Version 2.4: Finally, the moon information is accurate (based off of code written by John Walker).
Version 2.3: Universal binary version.
Version 2.2: Data gleaned from www.sel.noaa.gov fixed, url changed to www.sec.noaa.gov
Version 2.1: Now works with OS X 10.4 (Tiger)
Version 2.0.0: Complete rewrite in Cocoa. There are still a few things
that need to be finished, mostly regarding the item descriptions. If
anyone can help in writing up missing item descriptions, please do so. Applescript support and other geegaws will also be added over time.
Mac OS X 10.4.x or higher, internet connection.
Solscape is 159% Freeware. Solscape may be freely distributed, as long
as no fees are collected for it. You do not have to contact StimpSoft™
or the author for permission to distribute this application. Actually, I
would prefer it if you just left me alone. Really.