The Core of the Moon

Helen Hill and Dawn Adelson
Monday, April 15, 2013

Associate Professor of Planetary Sciences Ben Weiss is featured speaker at the William Barton Rogers Society event in New York City.

On the evening of April 8, 2013, Associate Professor of Planetary Sciences Ben Weiss was the featured speaker at a gathering of William Barton Rogers Society (WBRS) members at New York’s Museum of Natural History. The evening began in the Gottesman Hall of Planet Earth, where more than 200 alumni and friends enjoyed a festive reception and were acknowledged by Jerry Appelstein ’80 (X), longtime alumni leader and former WBRS Chair, MIT Club of New York President, Scott Morrison ’86 VI, and EAPS Department Head Rob van der Hilst. Weiss then spoke to a packed audience in the museum’s planetarium on “The Core of the Moon.” In his talk, Weiss reviewed our current understanding of the lunar interior and then described how new measurements from spacecraft and returned samples strongly suggest that the Moon has a metallic core and dynamo, which may require a mechanical power source.

Ben's presentation: LISTEN

MIT’s William Barton Rogers Society recognizes alumni and friends who have made gifts of $1,000 or more to MIT. William Barton Rogers was, of course, MIT’s founder, as well as a noted geologist.


Ben Weiss is an Associate Professor of Planetary Sciences. He is interested in the formation and evolution of the terrestrial planets and small bodies, with particular focus on planetary differentiation, paleomagnetism, meteoritics, and habitability.

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