We explore & discover

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

Late Accretion and the Origin of Life on Earth
Ramon Basser (DTM Weekly Seminar Series)
Thursday, February 21, 2019 - 11:00

POSTPONED 1 DAY! Beyond Pluto: The Hunt for a Massive Planet X
Scott Sheppard (Capital Science Evening Lecture)
Thursday, February 21, 2019 - 18:30

The Swelling of a Mushy Magma Chamber and the Mechanical Role of Crystal Mush
Yang Liao (DTM Weekly Seminar Series)
Thursday, February 28, 2019 - 11:00

Latest articles and news

Far Out There: The Hunt for the Mysterious Planet X

Far Out There: The Hunt for the Mysterious Planet X

Over the past few years, DTM's Scott Sheppard and his team have been performing the largest and deepest survey ever attempted of our Solar System's fringes.

Review of Alan Boss's New Book on Washington Post

Review of Alan Boss's New Book on Washington Post

Read via the Washington Post: Book review of "Universal Life: An Inside Look Behind the Race to Discover Life Beyond Earth" by Staff Scientist Alan Boss, Past Chair of NASA's Exoplanet Exploration Program Analysis Group.

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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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