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.

Sunrise III is Awaiting Launch

Sunrise III is Awaiting Launch

The 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, northern Sweden. Weather permitting, Sunrise III could now take off in the next few days. However, the launch window is rather small. In just a few days, wind conditions in the stratosphere could deteriorate to such an extent that a launch would no longer be possible.

 

Nacht des Wissens 2022

Nacht des Wissens 2022

During the 5th “Nacht des Wissens” in Göttingen on July 9th, 2022 the MPS will offer a wide range of activities: exhibition stands, hands-on experiments, a childrens’ program and much more.
Please read more here about our current corona rules that will apply during the “Nacht des Wissens”.

Picture Gallery:Preparing for the 3rd Flight of Sunrise

Picture Gallery:
Preparing for the 3rd Flight of Sunrise

In the past months, the balloon-borne solar observatory Sunrise III gradually took shape in the clean rooms at MPS. Hardware and team members are now at the launch site in Kiruna, Sweden and are awaiting launch. Sunrise III will look at the Sun from the stratosphere with the help of a 1-meter telescope and three scientific instruments.

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.

At a Glance

International Office
On the pages of the International Office, new employees and guests will find information for their stay in Göttingen and at the institute.

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

Staff at the MPS
Staff directory

Restaurant at the End of the Universe
Canteen at the MPS
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Seminars

S3 Seminar: Global scale full sphere magnetic field extrapolation in the solar corona (Argiris Koumtzis)

Jul 20, 2022 02:00 PM - 02:30 PM (Local Time Germany)
Max-Plack-Institut für Sonnensystemforschung, Room: Hörsaal

News

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 ...

Nacht des Wissens 2022

June 28, 2022

An unforgettable, nocturnal excursion to distant stars, planets and our Sun is at the heart of the upcoming 5th Göttinger Nacht des Wissens at the Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research. In addition to lectures on current topics of space ...

The Scientific Committee on Solar-Terrestrial Physics (SCOSTEP), a panel of the International Science Council (ICS), has honored Dr. Theodosios Chatzistergos of the Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research (MPS) with this year's Distinguished ...

The flight spare unit of the Jovian Electron and Ion Sensor (JEI) has left the Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research (MPS) in Göttingen (Germany) and has now taken up residence at the Swedish Institute of Space Physics (IRF) in Kiruna ...

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