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Giving SWAP images a make over - novel image processing techniques

In 2014 Morgan and Druckmuller introduced a new image processing technique to reveal information at the finest scales of solar images, whilst maintaining enough of the larger-scale information to provide context.
 
Processed SWAP image

A Monster Active Region

Active Region 12209, the same region that gave us a half-dozen X-class solar flares during its last rotation across the Sun, is returning. Currently on the east limb, it is a spectacular sight for SWAP, the EUV imager on-board PROBA2.

SWAP's view of AR 12209 on the east limb of the Sun.

 

Happy Birthday PROBA2!

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On November 2, 2009, a Russian Rockot launch vehicle carried the PROBA2 spacecraft into orbit. In the five years since its launch, PROBA2, whose scientific mission is led by scientists at the Royal Observatory of Belgium in Brussels, has completed more than 25,000 trips — more than a billion kilometers — around the Earth, captured more than one million images of the Sun, and witnessed more than 6,000 solar flares.

 


An artist's conception of PROBA2 at work observing the Sun. Click on the image above for full resolution. (Image courtesy: ESA/PROBA2)


SWAP/PROBA2 Observes Partial Solar Eclipse

On Thursday, October 23, 2014, SWAP, an ultraviolet telescope onboard PROBA2, observed three separate passages through the Moon's shadow, meaning it witnessed three partial solar eclipses in a single day!

SWAP Observations of the 2014 October 23 Solar Eclipse

PROBA2 helps provide Venus space weather reports

PROBA2 space weather exampleAfter eight years in orbit, ESA’s Venus Express has completed routine science observations and is preparing for decomissioning by aerobraking into Venus' atmosphere; Throughout this maneuver the Space Weather Coordination Centre, aided by PROBA2 observations, will be providing regular space-weather reports for Venus!

PROBA2 Guest Investigator 5th Call Results

We are pleased to announce that the PROBA2 Science Working Team has selected 6 proposals for the 2014 Guest Investigator Program.

Recent Improvements to SWAP Image Calibration

Frequent users of SWAP data or watchers of SWAP movies may have noticed some unusual behavior in these images and movies in the last few days. We've been improving the spatial calibration of the data and our tests resulted in a few unusual images, but now that everything is finished you'll notice SWAP images look better and are easier to use than ever before.

Fifth Call for PROBA2 Guest Investigator Program, extension of the deadline for proposal submission to 15 June 2014

SWAPLYRADue to the interest in the PROBA2 Guest Investigator Program and taking into consideration the extended holidays in several countries, the P2SC Team has decided to extend the proposal deadline for the PROBA2 Guest Investigator Program to 15 June 2014

SWAP LYRA Calibration between 2014-Mar-26 09:00 UT and 2014-Mar-27 19:40 UT

There will be no regular science data from SWAP between about 2014-Mar-26 09:00 UT and 2014-Mar-27 20:00 UT due to a calibration event.

Workshop announcement: Science and science operations of the PROBA satellite fleet

Science and science operations

of the PROBA satellite fleet

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