On March 26, 2022, the Solar Orbiter satellite came closer to the Sun than ever before. The images of this closest approach taken by the Extreme Ultraviolet Imager on board will revolutionize solar physics! 

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Last week's X-class flare showed a complex evolution in its soft x-ray emission.

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NOAA 3006 is a rather small sunspot region, that has just produced an X1.5 flare at 13:55UT today. It concerns the same region that was also responsible for the X1 flare from 3 May.

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From 27 till 29 April, the 11th installment of the ASGARD project took place on the premises of the Planetarium and the Space Pole. About 80 students from Belgium, Spain and the United Kingdom came together for 3 days to participate in this educational space project.

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An X1.1 flare was observed on 3 May at 13:25UT. It originated from a region near the southeast solar limb.

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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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