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What is the Helioseismic and Magnetic Imager (HMI)?

HMI is an instrument designed to study oscillations and the magnetic field at the solar surface, or photosphere. HMI is one of three instruments on the Solar Dynamics Observatory; together, the suite of instruments observes the Sun nearly continuously and takes a terabyte of data a day. HMI observes the full solar disk at 6173 Å with a resolution of 1 arcsecond. HMI is a successor to the Michelson Doppler Imager on the Solar and Heliospheric Observatory.

What data products are available?

HMI provides four main types of data: dopplergrams (maps of solar surface velocity), continuum filtergrams (broad-wavelength photographs of the solar photosphere), and both line-of-sight and vector magnetograms (maps of the photospheric magnetic field). For more details (such as cadence, precision, accuracy, and dynamic range) of each data type, click here.

Where can I get HMI data?

The source of HMI data is the Joint Science Operations Center (JSOC).
You can also view the latest HMI images.

Who is on the HMI team?

A list of all the members of the HMI team can be found here.

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