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Celestial Music

Geopoetry - Fri, 01/02/2015 - 17:51
 G. Perez, IAC, SMM

The field of astroseismology provides new insight into stars’ structure. Image: G. Perez, IAC, SMM

 

Did you ever watch stars, and hear distant singing?

New telescopes see that the galaxy’s ringing!

Listen now carefully, open your ears

To Johannes Kepler’s great “music of spheres.”

 

Celestial music, slight changes in brightness,

Give star-gazers feelings of joy and of lightness,

But even more thrilling is what we are learning,

Like what the deep cores of red giants are burning!

 

Formation of elements, galaxy nascence …

There’s no doubt about it:  we’ve got good vibrations!

 

 

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Further reading:

Kepler’s Surprise: The Sounds of the Stars, Cowen, Nature 2012

The Sun and the Stars: Giving Light to Dark Matter, Casanellas and Lopes, Modern Physics Letters A, 2014

This is one in a series of poems written by Katherine Allen, a researcher in geochemistry and paleoclimate at the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory and the Department of Marine and Coastal Sciences at Rutgers University. “Celestial Music” was first published on the author’s website in 2012.

 

Making a Difference for LGBTQ Scientists - Scientific American

Featured News - Wed, 12/24/2014 - 12:00
Lamont graduate student Kyle Frischkorn writes about the benefits of inclusion and diversity in science.

Miami's Answer to Sea-Level Rise Is Building More Condos - Vice News

Featured News - Wed, 12/24/2014 - 12:00
Miami is using property tax revenue to fund the construction of pumps that might keep rising sea levels at bay — a strategy that Lamont's Klaus Jacob and other scientists say is extremely short-sighted.

Lamont-Doherty Graduate Reaches for the Stars - Columbia College Today

Featured News - Tue, 12/23/2014 - 13:02
A profile of Lamont-Doherty graduate Jessica Cherry, now a senior researcher at University of Alaska, Fairbanks.

Coral Clues Hint at Looming Temperature Spike - Climate Central

Featured News - Mon, 12/22/2014 - 12:53
Lamont's Brad Linsley comments on a new coral study in Nature Geoscience that adds support for the idea that global average temperatures will rise when Pacific trade winds slacken in the next few years.

With or Without Climate Change, We Must Prepare for Floods and Droughts - LA Times

Featured News - Thu, 12/18/2014 - 12:00
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NYC Tops List for Seeing Increased Storm Outages - Climate Central

Featured News - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 12:00
New York City is among the cities most sensitive to increasing hurricane intensity, likely knocking out electricity to more people, a new Johns Hopkins University study says; Lamont's Klaus Jacob comments.

Lights Out, New York? Bigger Storms Could Cause More Blackouts - NBC News

Featured News - Tue, 12/16/2014 - 20:26
Climate change may mean bigger blackouts for cities like New York and Philadelphia, researchers say; Lamont's Adam Sobel comments.

Global Warming 56 Million Years Ago Holds Lessons for Climate Change Today - CBS News

Featured News - Tue, 12/16/2014 - 14:57
Lamont's Paul Olsen comments on a new study showing two spikes of CO2 during the PETM.

We Could See More And More ‘Hot Droughts’ Like California’s - Five Thirty Eight blog

Featured News - Mon, 12/15/2014 - 14:24
Cites research by Lamont's Richard Seager.

Scientists Explore Antarctica's Ghost Mountains - Daily Mail

Featured News - Mon, 12/15/2014 - 12:00
Coverage of study led by Lamont's Tim Creyts.

How are Droughts, Floods and Climate Change Connected? - KALW San Francisco

Featured News - Mon, 12/15/2014 - 12:00
Lamont's Adam Sobel speaks about California's drought, its causes, and how we can manage the increasing risk of future natural disasters.

Earth's Future? Ancient Warming Gives Ominous Peek at Climate Change - NBC News

Featured News - Mon, 12/15/2014 - 12:00
New data from the Earth's last big warmup, some 56 million years ago, may offer a sneak peek into what today's climate change may eventually look like. Lamont's Baerbel Hoenish comments.

A Link Between Climate Change and Severe Weather? - WXXI Rochester

Featured News - Thu, 12/11/2014 - 12:00
NPR's Rochester affiliate speaks with Lamont's Adam Sobel about climate change and what to expect from storms in the future.

How One Woman's Discovery Shook the Foundations of Geology - Mental Floss

Featured News - Thu, 12/11/2014 - 11:39
A profile of the late Marie Tharp, a Lamont scientist who helped draw the first global map of the seafloor.

Earth, Wind and Data: Making Sense of Our Planet - New Scientist

Featured News - Wed, 12/10/2014 - 14:42
Lamont's Ryan Abernathey explains how oceanographers are taking advantage of very large data sets.

The MESSENGER Mission to Mercury - Columbia Bwog

Featured News - Wed, 12/10/2014 - 12:00
Recap of Lamont director Sean Solomon's University Lecture on NASA's MESSENGER mission to the planet Mercury.

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Featured News - Wed, 12/10/2014 - 10:34
A University at Buffalo geologist discusses whether seismic signals picked up on the Lamont-Doherty seismic network were related to loud booms heard at about the same time.

Asking What Caused California's Drought Misses the Point. - Slate

Featured News - Tue, 12/09/2014 - 20:35
Columnist Eric Holthaus compares a recent study led by Lamont's Richard Seager to earlier seemingly contradictory research.

Natural Causes Drive California Drought? Report Triggers Climate Storm - NBC News

Featured News - Mon, 12/08/2014 - 15:59
More coverage of NOAA/Richard Seager study.
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