Victoria Jaggard

So Long, And Thanks for All the …

comments. So far, no one’s sent me any fish. Four years ago I set out on a mission to inspire National Geographic readers to care not only about the planet but about *all* planets … and stars, galaxies, black holes, ...

With NASA Bake Sale, Planetary Fundraisers Go Old School

As someone who’s been known to enjoy her cupcakes with a side of science, I was excited to find out about the National Planetary Exploration Car Wash & Bake Sale, coming to a town near you on Saturday, June 9. ...

Yuri’s Night 2012: See What He Saw on First Spaceflight

[In honor of Yuri’s Night 2012, I’m reposting a piece I did for the 50th anniversary of Gagarin’s first spaceflight, which originally appeared on the National Geographic magazine blog Pop Omnivore. The post includes an interview with a ...

New Starry Time-Lapse: A Tribute to Sky-Watchers

It seems there’s no shortage of jaw-dropping astronomy time-lapse videos floating around the web, which highlight the gorgeous spangle of stars visible over lovely locales (for instance, in the high Chilean desert, the northern U.S. West, and the ...

Early Earth Turned Methane Haze On and Off?

Earth v. Titan Saturn‘s moon Titan is unique in our solar system, being the only natural satellite to boast a significant atmosphere, somewhat like Earth’s. Also like Earth, Titan has bodies of liquid on its surface that support ...

“Angry Birds Space” Q&A: Your Guide to the Angry Universe

[MARCH 22 UPDATE: The game has landed! Initial reviews seem pretty excited about the science-fueled gameplay. In case you missed it, NASA also released a fun video of astronaut Don Pettit demonstrating Angry physics aboard the International Space Station, now embedded!] ...

New Video: Solar Flare Spied on Candy-Colored Sun

On Thursday, NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) captured this colorful close-up video of a long-lasting M-class solar flare. The eruption shot out of active region 1401, a large sunspot that’s been spitting flares about once a day since satellites ...

Our Milky Way Galaxy Is as White as, Well, Milk

Artist’s concept of the Milky Way galaxy. Picture courtesy NASA/JPL There’s certainly no shortage of gorgeous pictures of the Milky Way as seen from Earth, many of which show our home galaxy in shades of purple, pink, ...

Mysterious Christmas Day “Starburst” Explained?

On December 25, 2010, a NASA telescope spotted a bright “star” that suddenly appeared in the sky. The brilliant object was a gamma-ray burst—a distant and mysterious flash of some of the most intense light in the cosmos. (Related: “Ultrabright Gamma-ray ...

Halloween Costumes: It Came From Outer Space!

It probably won’t surprise anyone who knows me, but Halloween is my all-time *favorite* holiday. I usually opt to go more traditional when it comes to costumes—vampire, ghost, Death, evil homicidal doll. But a friend recently asked me ...

Animated Slideshow: A “Celestial Reunion”

Photographer Luc Perrot knows his way around the night sky, and he’s even won awards for his pictures of celestial beauty as seen from the French island of Réunion (map). From this remote outpost mostly free of light ...