Solar, Stellar, and Planetary Sciences (SSP)

Research in the SSP Division is directed toward understanding star and planet formation and the physical processes in the Sun, stars, and stellar systems. Division research on the Sun addresses its basic stellar properties, its atmosphere and corona, and its effects on the Earth. Studies of other stars seek to measure the age and chemical composition and to understand the structure of surrounding disks, magnetic fields, and winds. Searches for objects in our own solar system and for extra-solar planets inform theoretical investigations of star and planet formation and evolution. Observational data are obtained from ground-based observatories (such as the MMT Observatory, Magellan, and the Whipple Observatory) and from satellites including the Solar and Heliospheric Observatory, the Transition Region and Coronal Explorer, the Far Ultraviolet Spectrographic Explorer, the Hubble Space Telescope, the Chandra X-ray Observatory, and the Spitzer Space Telescope.

Seminars and Scientific Talks
Cambridge Exoplanet Calendar
Sara Yorke Retirement party: photos & movies

SSP Staff List

Associate Director: Dr. Andrew Szentgyorgyi 617-495-7397
Division Administrator: Ms. Nayla Rathle (617) 495-7280
Division Administrative Specialist: Ms. Kathy Campbell (617) 495-7179
Division Web Contact: Dr. Scott J. Kenyon (617) 495-7235


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