Leibniz Institute for Solar Physics (KIS)

The Leibniz Institute for Solar Physics (KIS) conducts experimental and theoretical investigations of physical processes on and within the Sun. Its headquarter is in Freiburg, Germany. The KIS operates the German solar telescopes at Teide Observatory on Tenerife (Spain) where most of the scientific observations are performed. KIS offers lectures on astronomy and astrophysics at Freiburg university and trains young scientists.

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On Monday, February 10, 2020 at 5:03 a.m. (CET), the ESA satellite Solar Orbiter was successfully launched with an Atlas 5 rocket from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. In less than 2 years the satellite will reach an orbit around the sun, where it can start scientific observations.


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The Mouse was back! Finally, on October 3, 2019, Schauinsland Observatory opened its doors to the very young. This was the seventh time that the German television children’s series “The Show with the Mouse” invited children from age 6 and their families to visit the observatory.

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