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Hubble Fellow Jackie Faherty Talks to NPR About How to View the Five Planets Aligning in the Early Morning Sky

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Jackie Faherty, a Hubble postdoctoral fellow at DTM, talked to NPR about how five planets - Jupiter, Mars, Saturn, Venus, and Mercury - will align and be possible to see with the naked eye in the early morning sky starting January 20, and continuing through 20 February 2016.

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Groundwork Laid by Scott Sheppard and the Gemini Observatory's Chad Trujillo Lead to Evidence of a "Planet X" Lurking Beyond Neptune

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Results published in a paper in 2014 by DTM Astronomer Scott Sheppard and the Gemini Observatory's Chad Trujillo describing the discovery of 2012 VP113, an extreme dwarf planet with the most distant orbit around the Sun well beyond Pluto, led them to suggest an unknown giant planet is in the outer solar system.  Now,  CALTECH Astronomers Mike Brown and Konstantin Batygin, using the basic 2014 results, have shown additional evidence that a Neptune-sized planet lurks beyond Pluto, aka the infamous "Planet X."

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Pale Blue Dot, Pale Red Dot, Pale Green Dot...

Pale Blue Dot, Pale Red Dot, Pale Green Dot...

"Estimates range as high as there being one habitable Earth-like planet for every star in our galaxy. As someone who has lived through the ups and downs of the history of the field of planet formation and detection, this revelation never fails to amaze me, and often chokes me up when giving public lectures," says DTM Astrophysicist Alan Boss in this article he wrote for Pale Red Dot on January 14, 2016.

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Chris Thissen joins DTM's Geophysics Group as a Postdoctoral Fellow

Christopher Thissen

Chris Thissen joins DTM's geophysics group as a postdoctoral fellow working on the dynamics of the upper mantle and crust.

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Jesse Reimink Joins DTM's Geochemistry Group as a Postdoctoral Associate

Jesse Reimink

Jesse Reimink joins DTM's geochemistry group as a postdoctoral associate from the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Alberta, Edmonton, where he received his Ph.D. in 2015.

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Seismometer Observations on North Korea's Nuclear Test Claims

North Korea 2016

News broke today, January 6, that North Korea carried out a nuclear test of a hydrogen bomb at 10 a.m. local time, however some seismologists aren’t so sure.

Lara Wagner, a seismologist at DTM, says the seismogram from this event looks similar in shape to those from previous nuclear blasts set off in the region in 2006, 2009, and 2013, which suggests that this event was also an explosion of some kind.

 
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