Stars, Planets and Meteorites

Cosmic Cycle of Stellar and Planetary Physics

The focus of this research line is the study of the formation, structure and early/intermediate evolution of stars and planetary systems. This includes the understanding of our own Sun and Solar System in a broader context. The activity is carried out making use of observations across all wavelengths that are interpreted using sophisticated modelling tools and also through the development of new instrumentation.

Main Topics:

    - Star Formation
    - Stellar Evolution
    - Planetary Systems: formation and evolution
    - Extrasolar Planets
    - Minor Bodies
    - Meteorites

Credits: Image composition of varios individual artist impressions: crédits (ESA - C.Carreau, NASA/ JPL-Caltech, NASA, ESA, M. Livio and the Hubble 20th Anniversary Team, STScI)