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.

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. More info.


An international research team including scientists from MPS has reconstructed solar activity up to the year 969 without gaps and with a high temporal resolution of only one year from measurements of radioactive carbon in tree rings. The data, which the team led by ETH Zurich recently published in the journal Nature Geoscience, among other things impressively confirm the Sun’s known, eleven-year activity cycle.

Solar activity reconstructed over a millennium

An international research team including scientists from MPS has reconstructed solar activity up to the year 969 without gaps and with a high temporal resolution of only one year from measurements of radioactive carbon in tree rings. The data, which the team led by ETH Zurich recently published in the journal Nature Geoscience, among other things impressively confirm the Sun’s known, eleven-year activity cycle.

Preparation have begun: in the summer of 2022, the balloon-borne solar observatory Sunrise will embark on its third stratospheric flight. Equipped with a 1-meter telescope, three new scientific instruments and a sophisticated image stabilization system, the mission, led by MPS, will thus enable unprecedented observations of the solar surface and the adjacent, overlying layers of the solar atmosphere.

500 days until the launch of Sunrise III

Preparation have begun: in the summer of 2022, the balloon-borne solar observatory Sunrise will embark on its third stratospheric flight. Equipped with a 1-meter telescope, three new scientific instruments and a sophisticated image stabilization system, the mission, led by MPS, will thus enable unprecedented observations of the solar surface and the adjacent, overlying layers of the solar atmosphere.

The Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research takes the current risk situation due to the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 very seriously. It is the Institute's primary objective to minimize the risk of infection for its staff and to contribute in general to minimizing the spread of the virus. Read more about current measures and restrictions here.

The MPS in times of corona: Current status

The Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research takes the current risk situation due to the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 very seriously. It is the Institute's primary objective to minimize the risk of infection for its staff and to contribute in general to minimizing the spread of the virus.
Read more about current measures and restrictions here.

NASA has honored the group of experts who selected the site for the scientific instruments carried by the InSight Mars probe in the days following its landing with the NASA Group Achievement Award. Among the honorees is Dr.-Ing. Marco Bierwirth of MPS. As a member of the Insight Instrument Site Selection Group, Bierwirth examined where SEIS would find optimal working conditions in the immediate vicinity of the landing probe.

NASA Award for MPS Engineer

NASA has honored the group of experts who selected the site for the scientific instruments carried by the InSight Mars probe in the days following its landing with the NASA Group Achievement Award. Among the honorees is Dr.-Ing. Marco Bierwirth of MPS. As a member of the Insight Instrument Site Selection Group, Bierwirth examined where SEIS would find optimal working conditions in the immediate vicinity of the landing probe.

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.

Planets and Comets

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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News


Seminars

S3 Seminar: Iterative Helioseismic Holography (Björn Müller)

Jan 27, 2021 14:30 - 15:00
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News

Solar activity reconstructed over a millennium

January 19, 2021

An international research team, including scientists from the Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research (MPS) in Germany, has reconstructed solar activity up to the year 969 without gaps and with a high temporal resolution of only one year from ...

500 days until the launch of Sunrise III

January 18, 2021

In the summer of 2022, the balloon-borne solar observatory Sunrise will embark on its third stratospheric flight. From the airborne observation site more than 35 kilometers above the Earth's surface, the observatory will enjoy a unique view of the ...

NASA Award for MPS Engineer

January 07, 2021

The U.S. space agency NASA has honored the 49-member group of experts who selected the site for the scientific instruments carried by the InSight Mars probe in the days following its landing with the NASA Group Achievement Award. Among the honorees ...

New Collaborative Research Centre

December 09, 2020

The German Research Foundation (DFG) will be funding a new Collaborative Research Centre (CRC) at the University of Göttingen to start 1 January 2021: ‘Mathematics of Experiment: the challenge of indirect measurements in the natural sciences’. CRC ...

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