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Parker Solar Probe en route to the Sun

On 12 August, the Parker Solar Probe (PSP) was launched from Cape Canaveral, Florida. Its main science goals are to trace the flow of energy and understand the heating of the solar corona and to explore what accelerates the solar wind.

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Spectacular solar eruptions during SC24

In preparation for the Open Door days at the Space Pole on 29 and 30 September, a movie has been created with some of the most spectacular solar eruptions that occurred during solar cycle 24.

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Cosmic rays

An international team of scientists has found the first evidence of a source of high-energy cosmic neutrinos, pointing to a long-sought cosmic ray accelerator. Meanwhile, neutron counts from cosmic rays are on the rise again.

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On spotless stretches

A small sunspot observed on 21 July may end the currently longest interval without sunspots observed so far during this solar cycle transition.

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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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