A transient in the solar wind impacted the earth environment on 7 November. Though it resulted only in a brief minor geomagnetic storm, its effects were clearly felt in some GNSS technologies, especially over Canada and Scandinavia.

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JSWSC has opened a new Topical Issue "Solar Sources of Space Weather".

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JSWSC has opened a new Topical Issue "CMEs, ICMEs, SEPs: Observational, Modelling, and Forecasting Advances".

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Solar Orbiter has spotted a ‘tube’ of cooler atmospheric gases snaking its way through the Sun’s magnetic field. The observation provides an intriguing new addition to the zoo of features revealed by the ESA-led Solar Orbiter mission, especially since the snake was a precursor to a much larger eruption.

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Two relatively large sunspot groups produced a number of M-class flares, the largest of which was an M5.2 early on 7 November.

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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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