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December 2019 officially marks the start of the new solar cycle

SILSO pinpointed the timing of minimum solar activity. With this new information, solar physicists from NASA, NOAA and SILSO will refine the prediction of the next milestone of the new cycle: its maximum. 

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Adieu filament!

A filament in the northeast solar quadrant erupted early on 31 August. Severeal ground and space based observatories recorded the event, showing it from different angles and with various filters.

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Geomagnetic storm

Geomagnetic activity reached minor storming conditions on 28 and 31 August. So far in 2020, there have been only 4 days with such levels of geomagnetic turmoil.

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Solar cycle minimum

SILSO has announced on their website that solar cycle minimum most likely took place in December 2019, with full confirmation expected in the coming months.

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Fundamental Research

The STCE does Fundamental Research.

Public Outreach

Open DoorsThe STCE does public outreach during the STCE Annual Meeting and the Open Doors of the Space Pole in Uccle.

One of the highlights of the Open Doors is always a visit to the Solar Dome. A small introductory presentation is first given in the corridor of the SIDC. Skilled observers and space weather forecasters explain in laymen terminology what sunspots are, how they are observed, why these observations are so important, and how solar eruptions affect us and our technology. Then, the small groups of 10-15 people are guided stairs towards the top of the solar dome. There, the various solar telescopes are shown and their specific applications are discussed. Weather permitting, the visitors can also make solar observations using a projected solar image from the white light solar telescope. During and after the visit, there is plenty of opportunity to ask questions to the guides.

 

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