Solar System

Magnetic Switchback in the Solar Corona

ESA’s Solar Orbiter has observed an interesting phenomenon more

Sunrise III found safe at landing site

The balloon-borne solar telescope has survived the termination of its flight well more

The chemistry of the Sun

New calculations of Solar spectrum resolve decade-long controversy about the composition of our star more

Zoom on the Sun

Solar Orbiter captured unique data from a distance of only 48 million kilometers from our star more

Asteroid treasure in the Hubble archive

The data of the space telescope contain the traces of many unknown celestial bodies more

First rays of sunlight for Sunrise III

The ballon-borne observatory has reached an important milestone more

Oxygen ions near Jupiter

In the planet's inner radiation belts, researchers also find a previously unknown ion source more

Earth and Mars were formed from inner Solar System material

International research team investigated the isotopic composition of rocky planets more

Hang Test for Sunrise III

The balloon-borne solar observatory prepares for its next research flight more

Peering into the Moon's shadows

Artificial Intelligence now provides sharper images of lunar craters that contain water ice more

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Sunrise III found safe at landing site

The balloon-borne solar telescope has survived the termination of its flight well more

Asteroid treasure in the Hubble archive

The data of the space telescope contain the traces of many unknown celestial bodies more

First rays of sunlight for Sunrise III

The ballon-borne observatory has reached an important milestone more

Peering into the Moon's shadows

Artificial Intelligence now provides sharper images of lunar craters that contain water ice more

The sound of the Sun

Ten years of data from NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory combined with numerical models reveal the deep low musical notes of the Sun more

Phosphine in Venus clouds? No trace!

Newly evaluated data provide no evidence that this rare gas is present in our inhospitable neighboring planet more

Campfires on the Sun

The Solar Orbiter spacecraft detects a surprising number of tiny and bright flares in the gas atmosphere of our star more

Solar cycle 25 has begun

Since December 2019, the activity of the star has been increasing again - which is in line with the predictions more

Uranian moons in new light

According to observations by the Herschel Space Observatory, the five largest satellites resemble dwarf planets more

Mystery of solar cycle illuminated

In the convection zone of the star, the plasma currents make a huge turnover that lasts about 22 years more

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Recipe for a comet

Rearchers analyse which chemical elements make up comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko more

Comet probe reveals dust cloud

Five instruments from the Rosetta spacecraft recorded the eruption of jets of dust on 67P/Chruyumov-Gerasimenko more

The far side of the Milky Way

Astronomers achieve record measurement for an improved picture of our home galaxy more

Ring around a dwarf planet detected

Ten observatories put their sight on the dwarf planet more

The double asteroid

An object with the name 288P is the only known active asteroid comprising two components more

Variable sunshine

Max Planck researchers explain why our Sun's brightness fluctuates more

Full braking at Alpha Centauri

Space travel visionaries solve the problem of interstellar slowdown at our stellar neighbour more

Ceres: Water ice in eternal polar night

The cameras of the Dawn space probe discover water ice in Ceres’ polar region. It can survive for aeons in the extreme cold traps, even though there is no atmosphere. more

A well-rounded star

Scientists measure the shape of Kepler 11145123 with unprecedented precision more

Spirals assist in the birth of planets

Astronomers discover density waves in a protoplanetary disk around a star more

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The supermassive giant at the heart of the Milky Way | Interview with Prof. Reinhard Genzel

Interview with Reinhard Genzel, director at the Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics (MPE) and architect of the 30-year programme that led to the discovery of the Schwarzschild precession around the black hole at the heart of our Milky Way. Genzel describes the general relativity effect observed by his team and how it can be used to study the galactic gravity trap. more

Stormy sun

Stormy sun

Video February 15, 2013

Solar flares don’t just create beautiful polar lights, but can also damage satellites and disrupt power grids. Astrophysicist Sami Solanki attached a telescope to a giant helium balloon to research into the activity of the Sun. more

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