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Can super-Earth interior dynamics set the table for habitability?

Illustration of mimicing planet formation in the lab

New research led by Carnegie’s Yingwei Fei provides a framework for understanding the interiors of super-Earths--rocky exoplanets between 1.5 and 2 times the size of our home planet--which is a prerequisite to assess their potential for habitability.  Planets of this size are among the most abundant in exoplanetary systems.  The paper is published in Nature Communications.

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January 2021 - Letter from the Directors

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2021 is already off to an exciting start. In this month's email, you'll find stories about asteroids, massive volcanoes, and new materials discovered right here at the Earth and Planets Laboratory. 

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Asteroid discovered by Carnegie’s Scott Sheppard right before it zooms past Earth

Diagram showing the 2020 YE5 asteroid's Near Earth Trajectory

While surveying the sky for distant objects, astronomer Scott Sheppard discovered a new asteroid a little closer to home. Asteroid 2020 YE5 poses no immediate risk, but it will come very close to Earth. The asteroid will zoom past only 437,691 km away from Earth, almost as close as our own Moon. It will be at its nearest on Friday, January 22 at around 9:08 AM EST (14:08 UTC). According to Sheppard, someone with a good backyard telescope could catch a glimpse. 

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Carnegie Alum Awarded Geological Society of America’s MGPV Early Career Award

Xiao-Ming Liu presents a poster at the 2014 AGU conference when she was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Carnegie Science Geophysical Lab, now Earth and Planets Laboratory.

The Geological Society of America has announced that they will present their Mineralogy, Geochemistry, Petrology, and Volcanology Division’s Early Career Award to Carnegie alum Xiao-Ming Liu in 2021. 

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Why Carnegie scientists are excited to study the asteroid samples from Ryugu

Ryugu Samples from Hayabusa2, chambers  A and C

“Dirt” from the near-Earth asteroid Ryugu arrived on Earth in the wee hours of the morning on December 6, 2020, courtesy of the Japanese Space Agency (JAXA) mission Hayabusa2. The capsule of Ryugu rocks is both the second and largest sample ever successfully recovered from an asteroid, and scientists at the Carnegie Science Earth and Planets Laboratory (EPL) can’t wait to pounce on it! 

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