Kiepenheuer Institute for Solar Physics

The Kiepenheuer 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.

Picture of the Month

Our new telescope, a 14" Maksutov-Cassegrain-Telescope (14 inch correspond to an aperture of 35 cm), is now ready to be used for public relations and for educating students. The image shows Messier object number 51 or better known as the Whirlpool Galaxy (NGC 5194).

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The 3rd SOLARNET / 7th HELAS / SpaceInn international conference "The Sun, the stars, and Solar-stellar relations" will take place in Freiburg (Germany) between 31 August - 4 September 2015, organized by the Kiepenheuer-Institut für Sonnenphysik (KIS). SOLARNET (High-resolution Solar Physics Network) is an international project promoted by the European Association for Solar Telescopes (EAST) and funded by the European Commission FP7. HELAS is the European Helio- and Asteroseismology Network, which aims at coordinating the activities of the research groups active in helio-and asteroseismology. The purpose of this conference is to discuss the latest questions and results in solar and stellar physics. Solar and stellar seismology will be one particular focus but contributions on all aspects of solar-stellar relations will be welcome. We aim to establish links and synergies between the day- and night-time fields of astrophysics. In detail the following topics will be addressed in individual sessions as showed in the Scientific Program. Furthermore new and upcoming projects and missions shall be presented. Graduate students and early-career postdocs are particularly invited to participate in the conference to present their research work and to meet and discuss with their more senior colleagues. A limited amount of financial resources shall be available to grant travel support. Contact: mroth(at)

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