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. More info.
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Using over 18 years of data from ESA's Cluster mission, MPS scientists have mapped the heavy metals in the space surrounding Earth, finding an unexpected distribution and prevalence of iron and shedding light on the composition of our cosmic environment.
Prof. Dr. Ulrich Christensen, who was director of the department "Planets and Comets" at the Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research (MPS) since 2002, has retired. Nevertheless he will continue his scientific work at the institute. Christensen will remain involved in scientific projects and international space missions and will now lead the Emeritus Group “Planetary Interiors”.
Different stars can exhibit very different levels of activity. While researchers have long identified the magnetic fields generated in the interior of stars in a dynamo process as drivers of activity, the exact workings of this dynamo are still unclear. A group of scientists led by MPS has now searched for an answer by applying the same analysis to a sample of both main sequence and more evolved stars. They find that a common, turbulence-dependent dynamo mechanism plays a crucial role for stellar activity in all stages of stellar evolution. The results are published in Nature Astronomy.
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