Shining a light on solar energetic particle events
Solar energetic particles (SEP) are high-energy particles coming from the Sun. They are of particular interest because they are a significant radiation hazard to spacecraft outside the shielding provided by Earth's magnetic field. The EU-funded SERPENTINE project aims to answer several outstanding questions regarding what triggers SEP events and provide an advanced platform for data analysis and visualisation that can benefit the wider heliophysics community. The project will leverage high-level data stemming from the most recent European and United States missions, such as ESA's Solar Orbiter and BepiColombo and NASA's Parker Solar Probe. Furthermore, it will exploit data from several missions at low Earth orbits and ground-based radio imaging and spectroscopic observations from the Low Frequency Array (LOFAR) telescope in the Netherlands.