Gero Kurat (1938 – 2009)

December 1st, 2009

Gero Kurat holding the angrite D'Obrigny. Photo was taken in Buenos Aires, 2000.

We were deeply saddened to hear of the untimely death of our friend and colleague Gero Kurat last week. Gero was the Director of the Mineralogy and Petrology Department of the Natural History Museum of Vienna for 35 years until his retirement in 2004. Gero served as both Vice-President (1999-2000) and President (2001-2002) of the Meteoritical Society. He is survived by his wife Frigga, his children Markus and Barbara, and their families.


Here is how we prefer to remember Gero. He will be sorely missed.

CoRoT-7b article in Finnish astronomy magazine

December 1st, 2009

finmagThe Finnish astronomy magazine Tähdet ja avaruus (trans: Stars and Space) has published an article about the exoplanet CoRoT-7b. The article highlights calculations performed by Laura Schaefer and Bruce Fegley, which were described in a paper published in the Astrophysical Journal Letters.  The article, written by Sakari Nummila, is available here.

A visitor from Germany

October 5th, 2009

Professor Astrid Holzheid of the Institute for Geological Sciences at the University of Kiel, Germany has been visiting the Planetary Chemistry Laboratory for the past month. She is conducting high temperature controlled gas mixing experiments with Research Professor Lodders.

A chapter in Exoplanet Chemistry

October 2nd, 2009

Katharina Lodders has written an invited chapter on Exoplanet Chemistry for the forthcoming book Formation and Evolution of Exoplanets (R. Barnes, ed, Wiley).

Paper on Accretionary Atmospheres for Icarus

September 21st, 2009

Laura Schaefer and Prof. Fegley have submitted a paper entitled Chemistry of Atmospheres formed during accretion of the Earth and other terrestrial planets to the journal Icarus. A preprint of the article can be downloaded by clicking on the link.