Postdoc Spotlight - Timothy J. Rodigas

Magellan Clay Telescope

Like most kids, Timothy J. Rodigas (he goes by T.J. informally) did not enjoy his math and science classes growing up. And like most parents, his tried to get him to enjoy his studies more by giving him his own copy of Eyewitness: Astronomy, a children’s science book packed full of colorful prints and fun facts about the Universe. Reading this book, T.J. began his first exploration of the planets, stars, and long-unsolved scientific mysteries. Little did he know he’d eventually make this new passion his career.


Linda Elkins-Tanton's Proposal to Visit the Core of Proto-planet 16 Psyche is Featured in Several Online Publications

asteroid Psyche

The huge metallic asteroid Psyche, thought to be the exposed iron core of a battered and stripped protoplanet, is now the center of a proposed mission from DTM Director, Linda Elkins-Tanton. and NewScientist have both highlighted this far-out mission.


Erik H. Hauri's Work on the Moon's Water Source is one of Discover Magazine's Top 100 Best Science of 2013

Eric Hauri Discover Magazine

Where does the Moon's water originate from? Turns out it actually came from the same place as the Earth: ancient asteroids. An article on DTM Staff Scientist Erik H. Hauri's research about the existence of water on the Moon has been highlighted as #47 in Discover Magazine's Best Science of 2013. This story is accompanied by the latest and most intriguing developments in space exploration, medicine, technology, paleontology and the environment.

To read the full story from Discover Magazine, click here. 


John Chambers & Jacqueline Mitton's New Book on the Origin and Evolution of Our Solar System is Published

John Chambers From Dust to Life

DTM Staff Scientist John Chambers, has published a new book entitled, "From Dust to Life: The Origin and Evolution of Our Solar System" with coauthor Jacqueline Mitton, a writer, editor, and media consultant in astronomy.

From Dust to Life is a must-read for anyone who desires to know more about how the solar system came to be. This enticing book takes readers to the very frontiers of modern research, engaging with the latest controversies and debates. It reveals how ongoing discoveries of far-distant extrasolar planets and planetary systems are transforming our understanding of our own solar system's astonishing history and its possible fate.

To purchase your copy of the book, click here


Acid Rain and Ozone Depletion Contributed to Ancient Extinction

Siberia Project

Around 250 million years ago, at the end of the Permian period, there was a mass extinction so severe that it remains the most traumatic known species die-off in Earth’s history. Some researchers have suggested that this extinction was triggered by contemporaneous volcanic eruptions in Siberia. New results from a team including Director of Carnegie's Department of Terrestrial Magnetism Linda Elkins-Tanton show that the atmospheric effects of these eruptions could have been devastating. Their work is published in Geology.

The mass extinction included the sudden loss of more than 90 percent of marine species and more than 70 percent of terrestrial species and set the stage for the rise of the dinosaurs. The fossil record suggests that ecological diversity did not fully recover until several million years after the main pulse of the extinction.