The Discovery of Dwarf Planet 2012 VP113 Makes Two Best Science Lists for 2014

2012 VP 113

Scott Sheppard and the Gemini Observatory's Chad Trujillo's discovery of the icy dwarf planet 2012 VP113 orbiting the Sun from far beyond Pluto claimed the number 16 spot on Discover Magazine's "Top 100 Science Stories of 2014", as well as the number three spot in Astronomy Magazine's "Top 10 Space Stories of 2014".


DTM @ AGU 2014

AGU 2014

The American Geophysical Union (AGU) Fall Meeting 2014 will take place in San Francisco, CA from 14-21 of December. Many staff members and postdoctoral associates from DTM will attend this year. Check here daily for live updates on each day's science presentations.


A Local D.C. School Receives a Real-Time Earthquake Monitor

Rockwave VS1 Seismometer

A local Washington D.C. school is able to monitor real-time earthquakes thanks to a generous donation from former DTM staff scientist, David James, and his wife Jeri Thomson.

DTM field seismologist, Steven Golden, headed the seismometer installation at the Washington International School in northwest D.C. on 1 December 2014, where he installed and tested the Rockwave VS-1 educational seismometer.


The Origin of CAPSCam - The Carnegie Astrometric Planet Search Camera

Las Campanas

How a theorist at DTM ended up leading the effort to build a specialized camera for the du Pont telescope at the Las Campanas Observatory in Chile.


Former DTM Director Sean C. Solomon Receives the National Medal of Science

Obama Diaries

On Thursday, 20 November 2014, DTM's former director and current director of Columbia University's Lamon-Doherty Earth Observatory, Sean Solomon, received the 2012 National Medal of Science from President Obama at the White House. This award is the nation's highest honors "for achievement and leadership in advancing the fields of science and technology." 


News Clipping Book Chronicles Secret Weapon of World War II

Proximity Fuze

In 1940, as World War II engulfed Europe and Asia, DTM scientists began work on a secret weapon that would revolutionize warfare and contribute significantly to the Allied victory in 1945. The story of that device, called the “proximity fuze”, is vividly told in a 1945 press clipping book that was recently donated to the DTM Archives by Charles and Robert Hunter in memory of their father, George B. Hunter, who worked on the fuze at DTM in 1942.