Two New Strainmeters Installed on Mt. Etna

Alan Linde

In November 2014, a DTM team led by Alan Linde travelled to Mt. Etna in Sicily, Italy, to install two strainmeters and double the number of such sites on the volcano. This program is in collaboration with the Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica e Vulcanologia  (INGV) of Italy with principal collaborator Alessandro Bonaccorso.

Mt. Etna, which is in an almost constant state of activity, is the tallest active volcano in Europe, currently reaching an elevation of 10,922 ft. On 28 December 2014, the volcano endured its most intense eruption since December 2013, which was well recorded by Linde and DTM staff member emeritus, Selwyn Sacks, thanks to their two newest strainmeters.


Interview: Alan Boss and Kepler's Two Earth-Like Planets

Earth Planet

NASA’s Kepler Space Telescope has been churning out a lot of exoplanet discoveries outside of our solar system since it’s second mission, named K2, launched in 2013. But researchers are especially excited about two new exoplanets, Kepler 438-b and Kepler 442-b, whose size, location, and star type mean they could be rocky planets, like Earth.

DTM staff scientist Alan Boss was part of the science team for Kepler’s primary mission in 2001. In an email interview, Boss answered questions about the goal of the first Kepler mission, and the achievements the telescope has accomplished since then.  


The Discovery of Dwarf Planet 2012 VP113 Makes Two Best Science Lists for 2014

2012 VP 113

Scott Sheppard and the Gemini Observatory's Chad Trujillo's discovery of the icy dwarf planet 2012 VP113 orbiting the Sun from far beyond Pluto claimed the number 16 spot on Discover Magazine's "Top 100 Science Stories of 2014", as well as the number three spot in Astronomy Magazine's "Top 10 Space Stories of 2014".


DTM @ AGU 2014

AGU 2014

The American Geophysical Union (AGU) Fall Meeting 2014 will take place in San Francisco, CA from 14-21 of December. Many staff members and postdoctoral associates from DTM will attend this year. Check here daily for live updates on each day's science presentations.


A Local D.C. School Receives a Real-Time Earthquake Monitor

Rockwave VS1 Seismometer

A local Washington D.C. school is able to monitor real-time earthquakes thanks to a generous donation from former DTM staff scientist, David James, and his wife Jeri Thomson.

DTM field seismologist, Steven Golden, headed the seismometer installation at the Washington International School in northwest D.C. on 1 December 2014, where he installed and tested the Rockwave VS-1 educational seismometer.


The Origin of CAPSCam - The Carnegie Astrometric Planet Search Camera

The Origin of CAPSCam - The Carnegie Astrometric Planet Search Camera

How a theorist at DTM ended up leading the effort to build a specialized camera for the du Pont telescope at the Las Campanas Observatory in Chile.