M. Darby Dyar Around Campus

M. Darby Dyar looking into the camera and speaking with a VERITAS polo shirt on

NASA selects Venus mission

Mount Holyoke astronomer Darby Dyar is among the planetary scientists who will lead NASA’s new mission to explore the surface of Earth’s fiery twin.

M. Darby Dyar looking into the camera and speaking with a VERITAS polo shirt on

In Venus, VERITAS

NASA has selected new missions to explore Venus, including one led by M. Darby Dyar, Mount Holyoke professor of astronomy. 

Darby Dyar, Kennedy-Schelkunoff Professor of Astronomy, working with students in her lab

Darby Dyar honored by Wellesley College

Mount Holyoke College professor M. Darby Dyar is being awarded the Alumnae Achievement Award from her alma mater, Wellesley College. 

Darby Dyar, blond white woman in blue sweater seated at desk with three computer monitors and charts on the wall.

Life on Venus?

Mount Holyoke’s Darby Dyar talked to The Wall Street Journal about the recent discovery of phosphine gas in Venus’s atmosphere.

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February at Mount Holyoke

February at Mount Holyoke featured Black History Month events, Princeton Review rankings, outstanding student-athletes and of course valentines.

This is photo of astronomy professor Darby Dyar in her lab. She is smiling, holds a tray of samples, standing in front of shelves with numbered trays stacked on them.

She boldly goes

Astronomy professor Darby Dyar uses real-world tricorders and a growing database of spectroscopic minerals signatures to identify minerals found in space.

Darby Dyar, blond white woman in blue sweater seated at desk with three computer monitors and charts on the wall.

Fresh batch of Apollo 11 moon rocks for Dyar

Mount Holyoke professor Darby Dyar discusses her work with moon rocks on the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11’s launch. 

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Is Venus the new Mars?

Exploration of Venus could cast light on why planets become habitable, says Mount Holyoke’s Darby Dyar.

Darby Dyar, blond white woman in blue sweater seated at desk with three computer monitors and charts on the wall.

Moon rocks from the 70s unsealed, studied

Mount Holyoke College professor Darby Dyar will lead a team of researchers to study untouched moon rock samples and volcanic activity on the moon.

This is a photograph of a meteor streaking through a star-filled night sky.

August features nature’s fireworks

It’s that time again, when the director of Mount Holyoke’s observatory leaves the lab, ditches the telescope and goes out to see the Perseid meteor shower.

Darby Dyer

Over the moon

Mount Holyoke professor Darby Dyar was awarded the 2018 Eugene Shoemaker Distinguished Scientist Medal for her work on decoding the secrets of space rocks.

A view of Venus from space.

Voyage to Venus — A Valentine from MHC

After studying Mars, Darby Dyar has her heart set on Venus, where a nearly impenetrable atmosphere enshrouds the searing hot, sulfuric acid-choked planet.

Darby Dyer

MHC professor’s transformative paper lauded

The Mineralogical Association of Canada has awarded Darby Dyar, chair of the astronomy department, the 2017 Hawley Medal for best paper of the year.

Photo of Veronika Kivenson FP’13 aboard a research vessel

MHC alum finds microbial gold in ocean muck

Alum Veronika Kivenson’s NSF grant allows her to use a supercomputer to examine how microbes metabolize pollutants found in marine sediment.

Mount Holyoke College student in Darby Dyar lab

Delving into data from Mars

Professor Darby Dyar and colleagues apply advances in machine learning to analyze troves of data about Mars as the Curiosity rover transmits it to Earth.

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