ISSI International Team on The Science of Near-Sun Comets

Activity: Consultancy typesContribution to the work of national or international committees and working groups

Description

Our knowledge of comets is primarily based on observations of these bodies when they are one astronomical unit or more from the Sun. However, most known comets have reached perihelion much nearer to the Sun, experiencing extreme insolation conditions, and, in the case of sungrazers, often undergoing complete destruction. Our ISSI International Team brings together experts in complementary areas of cometary science, in solar and heliospheric physics, as well as in the instrumentation and data analysis techniques associated with those fields, to better our understanding of comets when inside the orbit of Mercury as well as their effects on the near-Sun environment.
Period01 Jan 201430 Jun 2015
Work forInternational Space Science Institute, Switzerland