solar orbiter

Preparing for the eclipse

Position of Solar Orbiter on 8 April 2024, with Solar Orbiter’s turns around the Sun shown in green
Proba-3 set up in space

On 8 April 2024, a large part of the United States and Mexico will experience a total solar eclipse. Also at the STCE in Belgium, all eyes will be on the Sun. Three satellite instrument teams are preparing for unique, yet complementary, eclipse observations.

EUI causes a revolution in solar physics (EN - FR - NL)

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! 

Solar Orbiter catches a second comet by the tail

For a spacecraft designed to conduct unique studies of the Sun, Solar Orbiter is also making a name for itself exploring comets. 

Solar Orbiter returns to Earth for a last goodbye (EN - NL - FR)

On 27 November 2021, the Solar Orbiter spacecraft returns from its voyages in deep space, and will pass at only a few hundred kilometers above the Earth's surface. This manoeuvre is needed to get Solar Orbiter in a new orbit to go yet closer to the Sun. During this flyby, Solar Orbiter unfortunately needs to cross the clouds of space junk that surround Earth, making it a risky visit to our planet.


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