Creating a Heliographic Map

In this example we use the reproject generate an image in heliographic coordinates from an AIA image.

You will need reproject v0.6 or higher installed.

import matplotlib.pyplot as plt
from reproject import reproject_interp

import astropy.units as u
from astropy.coordinates import SkyCoord
from astropy.wcs import WCS


We will start with using SunPy’s sample data for this example.

aia_map =

fig = plt.figure()
ax = plt.subplot(projection=aia_map)
AIA $193 \; \mathrm{\mathring{A}}$ 2011-06-07 06:33:07


<matplotlib.image.AxesImage object at 0x7fac797d4040>

Reproject works by transforming an input image (with a WCS) to a output image, specified by a different WCS object. Therefore we need to build a WCS object describing the output we desire. To do this we use the which assists us in constructing this World Coordinate System (WCS) object. Here we create a WCS based on a heliographic Stonyhurst reference coordinate and with the CAR (plate carree) projection.

shape_out = [720, 1440]
frame_out = SkyCoord(0, 0, unit=u.deg,
header =,
                                       scale=[180 / shape_out[0],
                                              360 / shape_out[1]] * u.deg / u.pix,

out_wcs = WCS(header)

With the new header, re-project the data into the new coordinate system. Here we are using the fastest but least accurate method of reprojection, reproject.reproject_interp, a more accurate but slower method is reproject.reproject_adaptive.

Plot the result.

fig = plt.figure()
ax = plt.subplot(projection=outmap)

ax.set_xlim(0, shape_out[1])
ax.set_ylim(0, shape_out[0])
$0 \; \mathrm{}$ 2011-06-07 06:33:07

Total running time of the script: ( 0 minutes 2.388 seconds)

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