Humain Radio Telescopes
The battle of Takur Ghar

A combination of ionospheric anomalies and multipath effects may have caused radio outages during the intense battle of Takur Ghar on 4 March 2002, with severe consequences for the rescue mission.

How weak was SC24?

The still ongoing Solar Cycle 24 is compared to the 3 previous cycles in various domains: sunspots, solar flares, particle events, and severe geomagnetic storms. SC24 turns out to be the weakest of the lot, with significantly reduced sunspot and flaring activity as well as relatively weak and few proton and geomagnetic events.

Valentine's aurora?

A coronal mass ejection, unleashed by the Sun on 12 February, may arrive at Earth on 14 or 15 February and cause some minor to moderate geomagnetic storming.

An early solar cycle minimum?

Analysis of the most recent F10.7 cm solar flux density values hints at an early solar cycle minimum.


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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