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Virtual Solar Observatory

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This is the never-ending documentation project for the Virtual Solar Observatory.

If you have problems with this site, please contact the site admin, with the nature of the problem.

We are currently in the process of moving all of our documentation to a centralized location. Please excuse the inconvenience while we rearrange, and if you have an immediate issue, please feel free to contact the site admin.

News

SDAC heat shedding

2006 Feb 01 21:00UT

The servers hosted at SDAC are currently down to shed heat until the air handling unit can be repaired. This affects 'virtualsolar.org', one of the three VSO instances, and the SOHO and TRACE data providers.

O-SPAN Now Available Through VSO

2006 Jan 25

The NSO is now serving O-SPAN (formerly ISOON) data through the VSO.

VSO IDL Client

2006 Jan 11

A VSO client in IDL is now available through SolarSoft.

VSO 1.2

2005 May 20

Try a search with the current release version of the VSO. Different user interfaces allow searches of all participating data services by:

  • time,
  • physical observable,
  • instrument and data provider,
  • spectral range, and
  • "nicknames" for common types of data.

Please try it and let us know what you think.

Note: In keeping with the virtual nature of the VSO, clicking on any of the VSO search links above can take you to any working, public instance of the VSO. All should work the same, however, and all have the same access to the metadata from all the current data services.

API

Applications programming interfaces for the VSO 1.2 are available in Perl, Java, and C/C++ at our API documentation page. Check there for our WSDL description as well.

Recent Meetings

Presentations at the 2005 Spring AGU/SPD meeting

VSO talks and posters at the New Orleans meeting (PDF format):

Past Meetings

Data Model

The current version of the data model is Version 1.8 (updated 2005 May 20).

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. How do I search for data using the VSO?
  2. How do I get the data?
  3. How can I become a data provider?
  4. How can I access the VSO through my own interface?
  5. What are the holdings of each data provider?
  6. How can I get a URL to the data products that I've found?
  7. How can I make a movie?

Also see our infrequently asked questions list.

Bug Reports

VSO Participants can select New Ticket from the menu. Unauthenticated users will need to contact us.