Plotting a Map without any Axes

This examples shows you how to plot a Map without any annotations at all, i.e. to save as an image.

import matplotlib.pyplot as plt
import numpy as np

import sunpy.map
from sunpy.data.sample import AIA_171_IMAGE

Create a sunpy.map.GenericMap.

smap = sunpy.map.Map(AIA_171_IMAGE)

Plot the Map without a frame. We can setup a frameless figure and an axes which spans the whole canvas.

figure = plt.figure(frameon=False)
ax = plt.axes([0, 0, 1, 1])
# Disable the axis
ax.set_axis_off()

# Plot the map. Since are not interested in the exact map coordinates, we can
# simply use :meth:`~matplotlib.Axes.imshow`.
norm = smap.plot_settings['norm']
norm.vmin, norm.vmax = np.percentile(smap.data, [1, 99.9])
ax.imshow(smap.data,
          norm=norm,
          cmap=smap.plot_settings['cmap'])
plot frameless image

Out:

<matplotlib.image.AxesImage object at 0x7f229c774e50>

At this point you could save the figure with plt.savefig() or show it:

Total running time of the script: ( 0 minutes 0.394 seconds)

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