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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.

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DTM Scientists at Goldschmidt 2018 Meeting

DTM Scientists at Goldschmidt 2018 Meeting

DTM scientists present their research at the annual Goldschmidt conference held on August 12-17 in Boston.

Bernard Burke, who co-discovered Jupiter’s “voice,” dies at 90

Bernard Burke, who co-discovered Jupiter’s “voice,” dies at 90

With deep sadness, the Carnegie Institution's Department of Terrestrial Magnetism reports the passing of Bernard Burke, distinguished MIT astrophysicist and former DTM Staff Scientist.

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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.

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