Solar Data in SSWIDL

There are numerous solar data sets that provide complementary observations to RHESSI's (click the Solar Data Browsing button on the left).  Many of those project teams provide software in SSW to analyze their data.  Refer to their web sites for instrument-specific analysis tools.

However, the RHESSI team provides some tools to bring the complementary data listed below into the SSWIDL analysis environment, allowing you to display and analyze them alone, or jointly with other data sets.  Please see the Software / Complementary Data Software section for more information on the software.

GOES IDL Workbench


IDL routines are available in SSW to display and analyze GOES data. The software can be run from the IDL command line or through the GOES Workbench GUI. It automatically finds the data files for a requested time interval, and allows you to plot the two flux channels, subtract background, and calculate temperature and emission measure. Please see IDL Software to Access and Analyze the GOES Lightcurve Data for details.

The easiest way to get the GOES data files is to let the software automatically download data files for your selected time interval. However, you can also manually download files from the following GOES Data Archives:

SHOW_SYNOP IDL widget interface

SOHO, STEREO, TRACE, Hinode, SDO, and more

Show_synop is an IDL widget tool in SSW that locates, downloads, and displays remote solar datsets.  It performs time-based searches of the Virtual Solar Observatory (VSO), pre-processes data sets if necessary, and displays them in a PLOTMAN environment that facilitates overlaying data from different instruments.  Show_synop handles data from SOHO, STEREO, TRACE, Hinode, SDO, and more.  


The Fermi Solar Flare Observations page provides links to the Fermi GBM solar flare catalog, quicklook plots, response files, and documentation on analysis using OSPEX.

MESSENGER (2004-2015, primary mission to study Mercury) and SOXS (2003-, Solar X-Ray Spectrometer, PRL, India) solar data can also be analyzed in OSPEX.  Please see the Complementary Data Software page for more information on using MESSENGER data in OSPEX, as well as links to information about the MESSENGER mission timeline, spacecraft location, and daily quicklook diagnostic plots.

The easiest way to download the data for Fermi, MESSENGER, or SOXS is by starting OSPEX, selecting 'Browse on remote computers' in the OSPEX GUI, selecting the files of interest, and letting OSPEX copy them to your computer.  Or you can download them manually from the following sites: