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Starspots: Revving up the Variability of Solar-like Stars

September 22, 2020

In cosmic comparison, the Sun is a bore. While the brightness of some other stars with similar characteristics fluctuates strongly, the Sun’s variations are much more moderate. Scientists from the Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research (MPS) ...

Solar cycle 25 has begun

September 15, 2020

In the past one and a half years, the Sun has been rather dull: hardly a sunspot covered its surface, hardly a solar flare hurled radiation and particles into space. As observational data now show, for the last nine months solar activity has been ...

Karen Harvey Prize for Prof. Dr. Hui Tian

August 21, 2020

Prof. Dr. Hui Tian, who leads a partner group of the Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research (MPS) at Peking University in China, has received this year's Karen Harvey Prize of the Solar Physics Division of the American Astronomical Society ...

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Awards for two young MPS scientists

March 02, 2018

During the Symposium of the International Astronomical Union in Jaipur (India) Mariangela Viviani and Vincent Böning were rewarded with the "Best Poster Award" in their sessions.

Unexpected surprise: a final image from Rosetta

September 28, 2017

After more than 12 years in space, and two years following Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko as they orbited the Sun, Rosetta’s historic mission concluded on 30 September with the spacecraft descending onto the comet in a region hosting several ancient ...

Axion research: CAST experiment sets new record for measuring accuracy

May 05, 2017

The universe needs new particles: Many phenomena cannot be satisfactorily explained on the basis of the elementary particles known today. One such new, hypothetical particle is the axion. The CAST experiment at CERN has been searching for axions from ...

ERC Starting Grant for Alexander Shapiro

March 13, 2017

The Sun is an unusual star - even when compared to those which resemble it in size, luminosity, and magnetic properties. Investigations of the past years show that the Sun’s brightness variations following an eleven year cycle are markedly weaker ...

Dawn: Soaring to new heights

November 18, 2016

Rosetta landing on 30 September 2016

September 08, 2016

Rosetta has very successfully studied comet 67P/Churymov-Gerasimenko for more than two years and has sent spectacular images and data back to Earth. With increasing distance from the Sun the electrical energy generated by Rosetta’s solar panels ...


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