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.

Paul Niggli Medal forDr. Christian Renggli

Paul Niggli Medal for
Dr. Christian Renggli

The Swiss Geological Society has awarded the Paul Niggli Medal 2023 to Dr. Christian Renggli from the MPS. The committee thus honoured his experimental research on gas-solid reactions, which brought our understanding of volcanoes on Earth and throughout the Solar System on a similar level. His work on the distribution of sulphur on Mercury points to a possible mechanism for the formation and weathering of sulphur crusts.

Auroras down to the Caribbean

Auroras down to the Caribbean

151 years ago, a powerful solar storm hit Earth: on February 4, 1872, telegraph offices in many parts of the world reported hours of disturbances and outages; auroras were visible in India, Sudan and the Caribbean. In the scientific journal The Astrophysical Journal, a group of 22 researchers led by the Nagoya University in Japan and including a MPS scientist presents the most comprehensive investigation of the unusual event to date.

Giant doubts about giant exomoons

Giant doubts about giant exomoons

Only two of the more than 5300 known exoplanets have so far provided evidence of moons in orbit around them. In observations of the planets Kepler-1625b and Kepler-1708b from the Kepler and Hubble space telescopes, researchers had discovered traces of such moons for the first time. A new study now raises doubts about these previous claims. As scientists from the MPS and the Sonnenberg Observatory  report in Nature Astronomy, "planet-only" interpretations of the observations are more conclusive.

ERC Synergy Grant for research project REVEAL

ERC Synergy Grant for research project REVEAL

In the search for life-friendly exoplanets, researchers from Germany, the UK and the USA join forces in a pioneering research project. The European Research Council will support the project REVEAL (Revealing Signatures of Habitable Worlds Hidden by Stellat Activity) with an ERC Synergy Grant. 

 

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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Seminars

MPS Seminar: White Light Solar Flares (Säm Krucker)

Mar 6, 2024 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM (Local Time Germany)
MPS, Room: Lecture Hall

MPS Seminar: The Ariel Mission (G. Tinetti)

Mar 7, 2024 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM (Local Time Germany)
MPS, Room: Auditorium

MPS Seminar: Measuring Atmospheric Dynamics with the Radial-Velocity Technique in the Visible (P. Gaulme)

Mar 14, 2024 02:00 PM - 03:00 PM (Local Time Germany)
MPS, Room: Auditorium

Lebensfreundlicher als die Erde: Erforschung von Exoplaneten um K-Zwergsterne (I. Vilović )

Mar 14, 2024 07:00 PM (Local Time Germany)
Max-Plack-Institut für Sonnensystemforschung, Room: Auditorium

Was ist da draußen? Die PLATO-Mission zur Suche nach extrasolaren Planeten. (M. Ammler-von Eiff, M. Schäfer)

Apr 4, 2024 07:00 PM (Local Time Germany)
Max-Plack-Institut für Sonnensystemforschung, Room: Auditorium

Was ist da draußen? Atmosphären ferner Welten. (M. Rengel)

Apr 18, 2024 07:00 PM (Local Time Germany)
Max-Plack-Institut für Sonnensystemforschung, Room: Auditorium

News

The Swiss Geological Society (German: Schweizer Geologische Gesellschaft (SGG)) has awarded the Paul Niggli Medal 2023 to Dr. Christian Renggli from the Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research (MPS). The committee thus honoured his ...

Only two of the more than 5300 known exoplanets have so far provided evidence of moons in orbit around them. In observations of the planets Kepler-1625b and Kepler-1708b from the Kepler and Hubble space telescopes, researchers had discovered traces ...

Auroras in the Caribbean

December 07, 2023

151 years ago, a powerful solar storm hit Earth: on February 4, 1872, telegraph offices in many parts of the world reported hours of disturbances and outages; auroras were visible in India, Sudan and the Caribbean. In the scientific journal The ...

Award for MPS Director

November 14, 2023

The US-based Geochemical Society and the European Association of Geochemistry have awarded Prof. Dr. Thorsten Kleine, Director at the Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research (MPS) in Göttingen (Germany), the title “Geochemistry Fellow”. The ...

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