Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research

Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research
Justus-von-Liebig-Weg 3, 37077 Göttingen
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Location: Göttingen
Affiliation: max plank society

The name itself actually precisely describes its field of research: the Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research. The scientists in Katlenburg-Lindau focus on Earth’s cosmic neighbourhood – the Sun, the planets and their moons, as well as a variety of small bodies. They look into the heart of the star that keeps us alive, investigate its gaseous envelope, the solar magnetic field and the high-energy particles which our Sun ejects into space. The surfaces of the planets and their different “spheres” – atmospheres, ionospheres and magnetospheres – their rings and satellites, as well as comets and planetoids are further subjects for physical models and numerical simulations. And since the objects are not that far away, astronomically speaking, the Max Planck researchers love to take a look around for themselves – not in person, but by using international space probes and landers, for which they develop and build instruments and detectors.

Research Focus

  • Physics of Planets and Comets
  • Solar Physics and Heliosphere


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