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Solar, Stellar, and Planetary Sciences
Center for Astrophysics | Harvard & Smithsonian
The Solar, Stellar and Planetary Sciences (SSP) division focuses much of its research on the Sun -- namely, addressing its basic stellar properties, its atmosphere and corona, and its effects on the Earth. Studies of other stars seek to measure the age, chemical composition, mass, radius, and temperature 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 enable the growing field of comparative planetology and inform theoretical investigations of star and planet formation and evolution.