Humain Radio Telescopes
Proton aurora... on Mars

Scientists from the STCE have contributed to a research programme that has detected -for the first time- proton aurora on Mars. They used data gathered during the period 2004-2011 by the SPICAM ultraviolet spectrometer on board of ESA's Mars Express.

A sunspot region with ambition

Sunspot region NOAA 2172 announced itself with dynamic coronal loops towering over the solar limb, and has produced already 2 C-class flares.

ROB has a field trip!

The personnel of the Royal Observatory visited its research facilities in the caves of Rochefort/Lorette and at the observatory of Humain.

ASGARD: balloons for science

School kids propose and develop experiments that are then launched into the stratosphere with a weather balloon from the RMI.


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.


Travel Info



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