USET Dome
Humain Radio Telescopes
 
Treasures from the past - precursors for solar physics

Solar physics at the ROB has deep roots going back as far as the late 19th century. It involved a first promising era of solar studies, owing to Dr Eugène Jean Hubert Spée, followed by a 33-year long hiatus.

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The Sun keeps on burping

Magnetic instabilities in the southern part of sunspot region NOAA 2741 resulted in some impressive solar eruptions.

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Sweet but a little bit psycho

An at first sight simple and symmetric sunspot produced a series of C-class flares. For the moment, none of the associated coronal mass ejections seems to have an earth-directed component.

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Dynamic NOAA 2738

A big but quiet sunspot is transiting the solar disk. Photospheric lightbridges over this sunspot are continuously giving it a different appearance.

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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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