Hunting for Giant Planet Analogs in our Own Backyard

Floating Planet

There may be a large number of undetected bright, substellar objects similar to giant exoplanets in our own solar neighborhood, according to new work from a team led by DTM’s Jonathan Gagné and including researchers from the Institute for Research on Exoplanets (iREx) at Université de Montréal. It is published by The Astrophysical Journal Supplement Series.


February 2017 Letter from the Director

Helene Le Mevel

Besides the record warmth we are enjoying in Washington this “winter”, something else unusual for DTM occurred in February - we hired a new staff scientist! We are very pleased to welcome Dr. Hélène Le Mével to the DTM geophysics group. Learn more about what research Le Mével will be doing at DTM in the February 2017 Letter from the Director.


DTM Astronomers Participate in Burnt Mills Elementary School's Science and Technology Night

Sergio Dieterich

DTM NSF postdoctoral fellow Sergio Dieterich and research trainee Maggie Thompson had a busy evening on Thursday, February 23, participating in the Burnt Mills Elementary School Science and Technology Night in Silver Spring, MD.


Seven Earth-Size Planets Identified: What Does it Mean?

7 Planets

Orbiting a star called TRAPPIST-1 not too far away, lie at least seven Earth-size planets that may have temperatures similar to Earth's. This discovery was announced today, February 22, 2017, at a news conference at NASA Headquarters. The study is published in the journal Nature. Here's a quick breakdown from some of our astronomers of why this discovery is important and just how Earth-like these planets really are. The study is published in the journal Nature


Remembering Vera

Vera Rubin

Renowned astronomer and National Medal of Science awardee Vera Rubin passed away in Princeton, NJ, the evening of December 25, 2016, at the age of 88. In this tribute, we remember Vera for everything she did both in her field of research, and in her life. 


Carnegie Wins Grant to Preserve Notable Geophysicist's Archives

Oliver Gish

The American Institute of Physics’ Center for History of Physics has awarded the Carnegie Institution for Science a $10,000 grant to organize and preserve the archives of scientist Oliver H. Gish and open them for research.