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Scientists at the Department of Terrestrial Magnetism (DTM) bring the perspective of several disciplines to broad questions about nature. DTM's name comes from its original role to chart the Earth's magnetic field. This goal was largely accomplished by 1929. Since then, DTM has evolved to reflect the growing multi-disciplinary nature of the Earth, planetary, and astronomical sciences. Today, the historic goal remains to understand the physical Earth and the universe that is our home.

Upcoming Events

Grain by Grain to Plate Tectonics
Elvira Mulyukova (DTM Weekly Seminar Series)
Thursday, July 12, 2018

Debris Disks as Probes of Planetary System Evolution
Meredith MacGregor (DTM Weekly Seminar Series)
Thursday, June 28, 2018

Volcano Infrasound: Detection and Characterization
Kathleen McKee (DTM Weekly Seminar Series )
Thursday, June 21, 2018

Latest articles and news

New and Improved Way to Find Baby Planets

New and Improved Way to Find Baby Planets

New work from an international team of astronomers including Carnegie's Jaehan Bae used archival radio telescope data to develop a new method for finding very young extrasolar planets.

May 2018 Letter from the Director

May 2018 Letter from the Director

In May, DTM served as a science hub in the Washington D.C. area and hosted scientists from all around the world. This and more from DTM Director Rick Carlson.

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DTM scientists regularly explore our planet and the universe. Along the way they capture images of stunning landscapes, geophysical processes and data visualizations.

Browse DTM’s online image gallery to share in the journey of scientific exploration and discovery.

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