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Solar Flux: X-ray Irradiance

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SWPC’s current GOES XRS product can be visited by clicking here. The GOES-R X-Ray Irradiance Product is expected to be similar, but added capabilities of the GOES-R instrument will provide new capabilities after some additional processing.

The Space Weather Prediction Center will rely on this product to issue warnings based on increases in Solar X-ray output, specifically large spikes from solar flares.  These X-ray flares are currently used by the Space Weather Prediction Center (SWPC) to give warnings of radio blackouts of terrestrial HF radio communications at low latitudes.  They are also a potential hazard to astronauts on EVA, and can decrease the operational lifetime of satellites by degrading items such as solar panels. Space Weather Video