USET Dome
Humain Radio Telescopes
 
Counting down to the Open Doors

On 29 and 30 September, the Space Pole will open its gates to the public.

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Just one year ago: Remembering NOAA 2673

Just one year ago, sunspot group NOAA 2673 was the source of a surge in solar activity. The complex region set numerous records for this solar cycle, and was responsible for some important space weather effects.

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Strong geomagnetic storm

A strong geomagnetic storm that was observed on 26 August turns out to be the third strongest of the ongoing solar cycle.

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NOAA 2720 belongs to the old solar cycle 24

Despite its reversed magnetic polarity, sunspot group NOAA 2720 still belongs to the old and ongoing solar cycle 24.

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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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