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The great storm of 15 May 1921

A century ago, on 15 May 1921, the strongest geomagnetic storm of the 20th century took place, showing brilliant polar lights and significantly impacting telegraph and other technological services.

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EUI - First Light 1 year

The 3 telescopes of the Extreme Ultraviolet Imager (EUI) onboard Solar Orbiter opened their doors on May 12, 2020 to photograph the Sun. This is exactly 1 year ago. This ‘First Light’ was a crucial step to get the EUI telescopes up and running and pave the path to research.

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PSP steals another kiss from the Sun

On 29 April, the Parker Solar Probe (PSP) passed the Sun at only 11.1 million km. This was its closest perihelion so far.

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Strong flares during SC25

NOAA 2822 produced a spectacular M3.9 flare on 7 May. This was the 4th M-class flare of solar cycle 25 (SC25).

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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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