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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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 ...

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 ...

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