Images of the solar atmosphere from the previous SUNRISE mission (left – chromosphere; middle – photosphere; right – vertical magnetic field. Credit: MPS and IMaX consortium

The launch of SUNRISE from 2013 (Credit: Daniel Duch)

The launch of SUNRISE from 2013 (Credit: Daniel Duch)

A call for SUNRISE III science proposals

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SUNRISE is due to launch in June 2022, find out how you can be part of the mission.

We are excited to announce that SOLARNET has opened the call for proposals for the SUNRISE III mission.

SUNRISE III is a balloon-borne observatory that will take off from polar circle during June 2022, flying above the lower terrestrial atmosphere for a number of days. The mission follows on from two successful earlier flights, which both provided new views of the Sun’s lower atmosphere. The current mission aims to deliver breakthroughs in our understanding on the structure and dynamics magnetic fields in the photosphere and chromosphere, providing increased sensitivity to the weakest magnetic fields. SUNRISE III has improved instrumentation, with a novel UV spectropolarimeter to examine the little-studied spectral range between 300 and 430 nm, a near-infrared spectropolarimeter, and a magnetograph. Full details about the capabilities can be found on the SUNRISE webpages (

This time around, SOLARNET is enabling the EU Solar Physics community (and associated countries) to become part of the mission. A call for proposals to undertake science with the SUNRISE instrumentation has just been announced ( and we hope that many of you will submit your science ideas!

If you want more information about this exciting mission, a webinar will be held on October 7, starting at 10:00 CEST. You can join in by emailing to register your place.