MESSENGER Makes Discover Magazine's Top 100 Stories of 2015


Named #26 on Discover Magazine's Top 100 Stories of 2015, NASA's MESSENGER probe, led by former DTM Director Sean Solomon,  gave a final message from Mercury before meeting its demise on 30 April 2015, at 8,800 mph. Click here to read more.


Many Worlds: (Mostly) Thumbs Down on ExoNames

Alan Boss

“Yes, it is fun for the public to get involved,” DTM's Alan Boss tells Many Worlds regarding the International Astronomical Union's worldwide exoplanet naming competition recently concluded in December 2015. “But I expect that most astronomers will at best put these names in parentheses in their published work, and continue to focus on the usual astronomical nomenclature.” Click here to read more.


DTM 2015: Year in Review

DTM 2015 EOY

The end of the year encourages a retrospective look back on the events of the past year.  Central to DTM’s purpose is scientific discovery, and 2015 was packed with interesting results. The highlights are included in this 2015 DTM timeline.


Monster Planet is "Dancing with the Stars"

Timothy Rodigas

A team made up almost entirely of current and former Carnegie scientists has discovered a highly unusual planetary system comprised of a Sun-like star, a dwarf star, and an enormous planet sandwiched in between.

“The question was: is it a planet or a dwarf star?” said lead author Timothy Rodigas. To answer the question, Rodigas and his team used the Magellan adaptive optics (MagAO) instrument suite to directly image the mysterious object. MagAO, commissioned in 2013, enables astronomers to take extremely high-resolution images, giving them a sharper look at the night sky than ever before.


Live Coverage of DTM @ AGU 2015

AGU 2015

The American Geophysical Union (AGU) Fall Meeting in San Francisco will be held on 14-18 December 2015, where DTM staff members and postdocs will be presenting their latest scientific discoveries all week.  

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Friday, 18 December 2015 @ AGU

AGU 2015

Live coverage of DTM @ AGU 2015 in San Francisco on Friday, 18 December 2015.