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.

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.

Solar Orbiter: First images from the closest flyby

Solar Orbiter: First images from the closest flyby

New data from ESA's Solar Orbiter spacecraft show the Sun's corona in unprecedented detail. About a month and a half after the spacecraft passed the closest point in its orbit around the Sun, the teams of all ten science instruments are releasing the first results and images from this phase of the mission. The images and movies highlight the probe’s strength: the simultaneous view into different layers of our star.
 

Award for Janosch Preuss

Award for Janosch Preuss

The German Society for Applied Mathematics and Mechanics has awarded Dr. Janosch Preuss from the Institute for Numerical and Applied Mathematics at the University of Göttingen and from the MPS this year's Klaus Körper Prize. The GAMM thus honors the results presented by Janosch Preuss in his PhD-thesis at the end of last year. In it, he deals with the propagation of acoustic waves in the interior of the Sun.

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 headed for the launch site in Kiruna, Sweden. Launch is planned for the summer of 2022. Sunrise III will look at the Sun from the stratosphere with the help of a 1-meter telescope and three scientific instruments.

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
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Restaurant at the End of the Universe
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Seminars

S3 Seminar: Simulating solar prominences (Lisa-Marie Zessner)

May 25, 2022 14:00 - 14:30
Max-Plack-Institut für Sonnensystemforschung, Room: Hörsaal

CANCELLED - S3 Seminar: The diffuse corona (Jamie Gorman)

May 25, 2022 14:30 - 15:00
Max-Plack-Institut für Sonnensystemforschung, Room: Hörsaal

S3 Seminar: Radiometric calibration and characterization of the Metis VL and UV channels and first applications (Yara De Leo)

Jun 8, 2022 14:00 - 14:30
Max-Plack-Institut für Sonnensystemforschung, Room: Hörsaal

S3 Seminar: Small planetesimal formation using GIZMO (Jesper Tjoa)

Jun 8, 2022 14:30 - 15:00
Max-Plack-Institut für Sonnensystemforschung, Room: Hörsaal

S3 Seminar: Small scale dynamo in cool MS stars: photospheric field structure, intensity and velocities (Tanayveer Bhatia)

Jun 8, 2022 15:00 - 15:30
Max-Plack-Institut für Sonnensystemforschung, Room: Hörsaal

S3 Seminar: Coronal loops on small and large scales (Nikolina Milanovic)

Jun 15, 2022 14:00 - 14:30
Max-Plack-Institut für Sonnensystemforschung, Room: Hörsaal

S3 Seminar: Volatiles in the Lunar Magmatic Ocean (Matthias Nieuwenhuis)

Jun 15, 2022 14:30 - 15:00
Max-Plack-Institut für Sonnensystemforschung, Room: Hörsaal

News

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 ...

New data from ESA's Solar Orbiter spacecraft show the Sun's outer hot atmosphere, the corona, in unprecedented detail. The images reveal high-resolution coronal loops as well as a curious structure surrounded by ray-like plasma flows and offer unique ...

The German Society for Applied Mathematics and Mechanics (GAMM) has awarded Dr. Janosch Preuss from the Institute for Numerical and Applied Mathematics at the University of Göttingen and from the Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research (MPS) ...

Approximately a month before it begins its research flight in the stratosphere, the balloon-borne solar observatory Sunrise III has looked at the Sun for the first time from its launch site at the Arctic Circle. In June, Sunrise III will take off ...

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