astronomy

Prediction: More Gas-giants will be Found Orbiting Sun-like Stars

Alan Boss

New planetary formation models from DTM's Alan Boss indicate that there may be an undiscovered population of gas giant planets orbiting around Sun-like stars at distances similar to those of Jupiter and Saturn. His work is published by The Astrophysical Journal.

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Team Makes Planet Hunting a Group Effort, Finds More Than 100 Candidates

Hires

An international team of astronomers released the largest-ever compilation of exoplanet-detecting observations made using a technique called the radial velocity method. They demonstrated how these observations can be used to hunt for planets by detecting more than 100 potential exoplanets, including one orbiting the fourth-closest star to our own Solar System, which is about 8.1 light-years away from Earth.

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DTM Scientists Participate in the 229th Meeting of the American Astronomical Society

Maggie Thompson

Tri Astraatmadja, Johanna Teske, Serge Dieterich, and Maggie Thompson participated in the 229th meeting of the American Astronomical Society, held in Grapevine, TX, from January 3 to 7, 2017.

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Postdoc Spotlight: Astronomer Erika Nesvold

Erika Nesvold

Born to one of the original Trekkies (her mother) DTM Postdoctoral Fellow Erika Nesvold grew up a self-proclaimed science fiction nerd, a hobby that soon evolved into her passion for astronomy. Today she ventures into the stars her fellow Star Trek fans dreamed of one-day exploring for themselves by studying the effects exoplanets have on their debris disks.

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Vera Rubin Who Confirmed "Dark Matter" Dies

Rubin

Renowned astrophysicist and National Medal of Science awardee Vera Rubin passed away in Princeton N.J., the evening of December 25, 2016, at the age of 88. Rubin confirmed the existence of dark matter—the invisible material that makes up more than 90% of the mass of the universe. She was a retired staff astronomer at the Carnegie Institution’s Department of Terrestrial Magnetism in Washington, DC.

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