Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research

Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research

The research focus of the Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research is our cosmic neighborhood: the solar system with its planets and moons, comets and asteroids as well as the sun. The aim of the scientists is to describe the processes in the solar system in models and to simulate them on the computer. In addition, instruments are being developed and built to study these bodies from space. The Institute is involved in numerous space missions.

George Ellery Hale Prize for MPS Director

George Ellery Hale Prize for MPS Director

The American Astronomical Society (AAS) has honored MPS director Prof. Dr. Sami K. Solanki with a high distinction: the AAS Solar Physics Division (SPD) has named the Göttingen researcher this year's recipient of the George Ellery Hale Prize, which distinguishes selected scientists for their long-standing and ground-breaking contributions to solar research. The award ceremony took place yesterday at the Triennial Earth-Sun Summit symposium in Seattle, USA.

Sunrise III found safe at landing site

Sunrise III found safe at landing site

Following the termination of the flight of the balloon-borne solar observatory Sunrise III last Sunday morning, July 10, team members have reached the landing site and found the observatory's payload largely intact. According to current information, the flight had to be ended a few hours after launch because the solar telescope it was carrying could not be pointed at the Sun. All options are being examined for a launch of the observatory next year or later.

New Home for the Flight Spare Unit of PEP-JEI

New Home for the Flight Spare Unit of PEP-JEI

The flight spare unit of the Jovian Electron and Ion Sensor (JEI) has left the MPS and has now taken up residence at the Swedish Institute of Space Physics (IRF) in Kiruna (Sweden). JEI is part of the PEP (Particle Environment Package) instrument package that will travel to the Jovian system next year aboard ESA's JUICE (Jupiter Icy Moon Explorer) spacecraft to measure the distribution of electrons and ions in the gas giant's environment.

Research Departments

Sun and Heliosphere
The focus of this department is the solar interior, the solar atmosphere, the solar magnetic field, the heliosphere, and the interplanetary medium, as well as solar radiation and solar energetic particles. The balloon-mission Sunrise, a balloon-borne solar observatory, is managed by this department. The mission investigates our central star from a height of about 35 km. In addition to several other participations in space missions, the department significantly contributes to the ESA's Solar Orbiter.

Planetary Science Department
This department investigates the interior, the surfaces, atmospheres, ionospheres, and magnetospheres of planets and their moons, as well as comets and asteroids. The department currently contributes or has contributed to important space missions such as the ESA's missions JUICE to the Jovian system, BepiColombo to Mercury and Rosetta to comet Churyumov-Gerasimenko as well as NASA's missions InSight to Mars and Dawn to the asteroid belt.

Solar and Stellar Interiors
Helioseismology and asteroseismology are tools that use the oscillations of the Sun and stars to probe their interior structure and dynamics. This allows us to test and refine the theory of stellar structure and evolution, thereby bringing us closer to understanding solar and stellar magnetism. The department hosts the German Data Center for NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory, and is preparing to host the data center of ESA's exoplanet hunting mission, PLATO.

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PhD programme: International Max Planck Research School for Solar System Science at the University of Göttingen.

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The American Astronomical Society (AAS) has honored Prof. Dr. Sami K. Solanki, Director at the Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research (MPS) in Germany, with a high distinction: the AAS Solar Physics Division (SPD) has named the Göttingen ...

Following the termination of the flight of the balloon-borne solar observatory Sunrise III last Sunday morning, July 10, team members have reached the landing site and found the observatory's science payload largely intact. According to current ...

The flight of the balloon-borne solar observatory Sunrise III was safely terminated at 9:05 a.m. (CEST) today. A few hours earlier, the observatory had lifted off at 3:44 a.m. (CEST) from Esrange Space Center near the small northern Swedish town of ...

The adventurous research journey of the balloon-borne solar observatory Sunrise III could begin in the next few days. Early this morning, the so-called compatability test, a kind of final rehearsal, took place at Esrange Space Center in Kiruna ...

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