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Interview with Alan Boss: Earth-Like Planets Even More Common Than We Thought

Interview with Alan Boss: Habitable Zone Planets More Common Than We Thought

Today, a NASA study published in The Astronomical Journal announced that between 37% and 88% of sun-like stars might have rocky worlds orbiting in their Habitable Zones (HZ). The team of scientists, which includes Carnegie Science Earth and Planets Laboratory (EPL) astrophysicist Alan Boss, looked at Kepler data from over 80,000 stars and determined that there is roughly one Earth-like planet for every two sun-like stars in our galactic neighborhood, a higher frequency than previously imagined.

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EPL at AGU 2020

EPL at AGU 2020

This year, the American Geophysical Union (AGU) Fall Meeting will be held online from December 1-17, 2020. EPL scientists will be presenting their latest scientific discoveries in areas including seismology, planetary science, geochemistry, and cosmochemistry. 

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Deja Lu...nar? Why Does Water on the Moon Sound Familiar?

NASA illustration depicts water trapped in the lunar soil of the Moon's Clavius Crater and an image of NASA’s Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA). Credits: NASA/Daniel Rutter

NASA kept the scientific community on the edge of its collective seat regarding “exciting news” about the Moon and speculation filled the Twitterverse for a week. But the big reveal may have left you with a sense of deja vu.  

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Postdoc Spotlight: Matt Clement Explains New Evidence for How Jupiter and Saturn Formed

Matt Clement Postdoc Spotlight Web Banner

Matt Clement is a Postdoctoral astronomer at the Earth & Planets Laboratory who uses computer modeling to piece together this complex story of how our early Solar System formed. As Clement puts it, trying to figure out what happened “is a bit like trying to understand how to make a smoothie only by tasting the final product.” 

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October 2020 - Letter from the Directors

October 2020 Letter from the Directors Banner, Pumpkins on Zoom by Olivier Gagné

From pandemic planning to virtual pumpkin picking, this year has brought a lot of dark clouds but it's also brought some surprising silver linings. In this month's newsletter, the Directors look back at the last seven months to see what's changed—and what we can celebrate—about campus life at the Earth and Planets Laboratory. 

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Carnegie Alum Jackie Faherty Wins Vera Rubin Early Career Prize

Postdocs Jackie Faherty and Johanna Teske pose with Staff Astronomer Alycia Weinberger

Earth & Planets Laboratory (EPL) congratulates alum Jackie Faherty, who recently received the American Astronomical Society’s 2020 Vera Rubin Early Career Prize. 

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