Laura Dorpinghaus

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Why We Still Don't Know How Long a Day is on Saturn

The ending of NASA’s Cassini mission is a truly intoxicating cocktail of emotions; on one hand, the data from this 20-year-long mission will fuel …

Super Fast Cosmic Clouds Could Unearth a Slew of Hidden Black Holes in Milky Way

You don't hear that happening every day.<p>Clouds move at a snail’s pace in Earth’s atmosphere, but in outer space, they’re capable of zooming through …

Look Up! 6 Meteor Showers to Watch Now

Every summer, skywatchers all over the world look forward to observing the famed Perseid meteor shower, but they often overlook some of the lesser …

Guess What? Space is Full of Booze

A cold beer on a hot day or a whisky nightcap beside a coal fire. A well earned glass can loosen your thinking until you feel able to pierce the …

Chemistry

When you watch the eclipse, keep an eye out for diamonds in the sky

It’s from a ray of sunshine peeking through a lunar valley.<p>The Moon isn't just some big round rock: it has mountains and valleys. And during a total solar eclipse, you can actually see the sunlight cutting a path through that lunar terrain.<p>As you may already know, a broad swath of the United States …

American Astronomical Society

Jupiter is so big it does not actually orbit the sun

But each time I read it to her — sometimes three or more times a day — I furrow my nerdy brow at this line: "Of all the planets that circle the sun, giant Jupiter is the biggest one."<p>The gas giant is indeed the largest planet in the solar system, weighing more than twice the mass of all the other …