Victoria Jaggard

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, supernovas, and all the other wonders of the cosmos. Now it’s time for me to…

Human Journey

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 mountains of La Palma, in the Spanish Canary Islands). But in a new twist, astrophotographer Babak Tafreshi…

Changing Planet

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 processes akin to our water cycle—the huge moon has clouds, spring rains, and fog—and even shows signs…

Changing Planet

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 saw it advancing onto the sun’s Earth-facing disk. As seen in the new video, the latest…

Changing Planet

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 Burst ‘Blinded’ NASA Telescope.”) In general, gamma-ray bursts are divided into two categories: long…

Changing Planet

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 about ideas for space-themed Halloween costumes, and I couldn’t resist a challenge. Specifically, I wanted to riff…

Changing Planet

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 pollution, Perrot captures some amazing views of the Milky Way, the planets, and the stars wheeling around…

Changing Planet