USET Dome
Humain Radio Telescopes
 
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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Preliminary prediction for the new solar cycle 25

An international team of researchers has issued a preliminary prediction for the upcoming solar cycle 25 (SC25). The strength of the new cycle is expected to be similar to the still ongoing solar cycle 24 (SC24).

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Cosmic Rays - how to handle them

Cosmic rays and energetic particles are an issue for humans in high altitude polar flights, humans travelling in space, space technology, radio communication near the Earth poles and more. No need to say that these particles need our attention.

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Space junk

The space debris from an Indian satellite, destroyed in-orbit during a test with their anti-satellite missile system on 27 March, has raised concerns about the potential impacts on other satellites.

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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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