Victoria Jaggard

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 film director who last year premiered his movie about Gagarin, which uses some stunning imagery from a…

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

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“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!] The Eagle Nebula, a grand old bird roughly 6,500 light-years away. Image courtesy T….

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

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NASA’s Got “Space Balls”: A Holiday Package of Saturn and Its Moons

Reports are now swirling around the web of a mysterious “space ball” that reportedly crashed in Namibia in November. Experts are investigating and trying to confirm the true nature of the dusty, hollow sphere—is it a spent fuel tank, a pressurized gas canister, a random piece of non-spacey junk? It may be a while until…

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

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

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