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.


Former DTM Director Sean C. Solomon Receives the National Medal of Science

Obama Diaries

On Thursday, 20 November 2014, DTM's former director and current director of Columbia University's Lamon-Doherty Earth Observatory, Sean Solomon, received the 2012 National Medal of Science from President Obama at the White House. This award is the nation's highest honors "for achievement and leadership in advancing the fields of science and technology." 


News Clipping Book Chronicles Secret Weapon of World War II

Proximity Fuze

In 1940, as World War II engulfed Europe and Asia, DTM scientists began work on a secret weapon that would revolutionize warfare and contribute significantly to the Allied victory in 1945. The story of that device, called the “proximity fuze”, is vividly told in a 1945 press clipping book that was recently donated to the DTM Archives by Charles and Robert Hunter in memory of their father, George B. Hunter, who worked on the fuze at DTM in 1942.


Scott Sheppard and Team Discovered a Tail on a Long-Known Asteroid

Scott Sheppard

A two-person team of Carnegie's Scott Sheppard and Chadwick Trujillo of the Gemini Observatory has discovered a new active asteroid, called 62412, in the Solar System's main asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter. It is the first comet-like object seen in the Hygiea family of asteroids. Sheppard will present his team's findings at the American Astronomical Society's Division of Planetary Sciences meeting and participate today in a press conference organized by the society.