Humain Radio Telescopes
GLEs and the solar cycle

Ground Level Enhancements: what are they, what impacts do they have on us and our technology, and when during the solar cycle do they generally occur?

Almost No sunspots in February


No sunspots sliding from left to right, no sunspots popping up. February 2019 was almost the first spotless month since a decade. Almost, because the exercise done each first of a month to calculate the sunspot numbers of the previous month, the World Data Center for the sunspot number, put the provisional daily sunspot number on February 13 and 11 not to zero.

The best of... 2018!

A  compilation  of  the  most  memorable  space  weather  moments  of  2018, featuring data, links and movies.

Feeling the heat!...

Solar Orbiter, due for launch in 2020, is an ESA mission to perform close-up, high-resolution studies of our Sun and the inner heliosphere. The spacecraft has been tested in the thermal-vacuum chamber at the IABG test facility in Ottobrunn, Germany.


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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