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How Does Water Change the Moon’s Origin Story?

 How Does Water Change the Moon’s Origin Story?

Ongoing research about the Moon's chemistry is revealing that it may be wetter than initially thought, which raises questions about some aspects of this origin story.

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When Do Aging Brown Dwarfs Sweep the Clouds Away?

When Do Aging Brown Dwarfs Sweep the Clouds Away?

Brown dwarfs, the larger cousins of giant planets, undergo atmospheric changes from cloudy to cloudless as they age and cool. A team of astronomers led by Carnegie's Jonathan Gagné measured for the first time the temperature at which this shift happens in young brown dwarfs.

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Proxima Centauri’s No Good, Very Bad Day: Flare Illuminates Lack of a Dust Ring; Puts Habitability of Proxima b in Question

Proxima Centauri, Proxima b

A team of astronomers led by Carnegie's Meredith MacGregor and Alycia Weinberger detected a massive stellar flare—an energetic explosion of radiation—from the closest star to our own Sun, Proxima Centauri, which occurred last March.

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Postdoc Spotlight: Planetary Scientist Jessica Arnold

Jessica Arnold

In this Postdoc Spotlight, Arnold discusses her research and its importance for our understanding of how planets—including our own—form.

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Job: Part-time Administrative Assistant

DTM JOBS

The Department of Terrestrial Magnetism of the Carnegie Institution for Science seeks reliable, organized, self-motivated, part-time (flexible hours) front-desk Administrative Assistant.

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DTM Archives Acquire John Firor’s Radio Astronomy Research Notebooks

Some of Firor’s notebooks containing various data, calculations, and observations made during his time with DTM’s radio astronomy program, 1953-1961.

Sixty-year-old research notebooks recently acquired by the DTM archives are shedding new light on the Department's pioneering research in radio astronomy in the 1950s.

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