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The Sun in 2016

SWAP, the extreme ultraviolet (EUV) telescope aboard ESA's PROBA2 solar satellite, has been observing the Sun on a daily basis in 2016. The folks from the Proba2 Science Centre have made a collage by combining an image for each day into a single poster. The impressive result and some additional explanations are at ESA's Space in Images.

ESWW13 highlights

The 13th European Space Weather Week (ESWW13) took place in the Casino Kursaal of Oostende from 14 till 18 November. This international space weather conference was organized already for the 11th time by the Solar-Terrestrial Centre of Excellence (STCE). Participants were not confined to Europe, but really came from all sides of the world, representing countries such as Australia, New Zealand, South-Africa, Brazil, Japan, China and South-Korea.

The first Early-Career Day

On 25 October 2016, the first Early-Career Day (ECD) was organized at the Space Pole in Uccle, the main idea for such an event - bringing together the Early-Career staff members of all three institutes - being to improve the network of the Space Pole. Soon, an organization team of eleven EC staff members formed, composed of 5 representatives from ROB, 4 from BISA and 2 from RMI. For the first ECD, 38 participants (19 female and 19 male) registered, and several non-EC staff members joined in addition for the evening reception.

ASGARD: balloons for science

For several years now, the Planetarium (Heysel) and the Space Pole (Uccle) host the ASGARD project from ESERO Belgium and St-Pieterscollege Jette. Student teams think of their own scientific experiment to send to the stratosphere (near-space) with a stratospheric balloon from the Royal Meteorological Institute (RMI). The conditions are similar to being on the surface of Mars. Teams whose proposals are selected by the jury, can then build their experiment for real, presenting it to the other selected participants, and launch it in Brussels.

Medals in Space Weather

The deadline Sept 12th for nomination for one of the prestigious medals in space weather, linked with the European Space Weather Week is approaching.

Another Eclipse seen by PROBA2

We received the first data from PROBA2 of the September 1 annular solar eclipse. Again, PROBA2 was on the first row in space and therefore certain to witness it, clouds or not.

Spark of Aurora

A high-speed solar wind emanating from a solar coronal hole reached the orbit of the earth with sparking firework on August 23-24 photographed from Franeker, the Netherlands.

 

Credits: Vincent Van Leijen  

Falling Stars

The public was invited to search in the night sky for falling stars of the Perseids, a meteorswarm between the prestigious couples of the observatory in Uccle. It was a great evening on August 10.

Detect meteors

It's the time of the year to catch falling stars. These are in facts meteors. A technique is developed at the space pool to listen and identify them. And, you can help!

STCE Annual meeting

The 2016 edition of the STCE annual meeting led us along Roof Top Science, Cosmic Rays, 10years STCE Happy Birthday cake and a launch to Wuthering Heights - check the pictures.

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