Elizabeth Howell

Elizabeth is a Trekkie and one-time analog Mars astronaut who writes about all things space, from human spaceflight to astronomy to distant robot voyages.

She holds a Ph.D. in Space Studies and has written or co-written several space books, on top of regular journalism work in Canada and the United States. Somehow she's witnessed five human launches, although the sixth attempt was epicly derailed by a hurricane.

Elizabeth is based in Ottawa, Canada and spends her spare time reading history, playing 200-hour RPGs and following way too many YouTube channels.

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You need to see the bright Harvest Moon in the sky this month

The September Full Moon heralds the arrival of fall.

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Perseids: You need to see the summer's best meteor shower ASAP

The Perseids have kicked off — with a peak on August 11 and 12.

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How do galaxies get their shape? The science of key Webb Telescope targets, explained

There are many types of galaxies. But their shape depends on formation history.

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Webb Telescope: This hellish planet could be a "Rosetta stone" for finding alien life

JWST will look at Gliese 486 b — too hot to sustain life, but which could bear an atmosphere.

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Buck Moon: You need to see July's supermoon this week

Warm summer nights bring a brilliant sight to the sky.

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Strawberry Moon: You need to see June's bright full supermoon this month

The event peaks on June 14 in the morning, but is visible for several nights before.

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We now have an image of the Milky Way’s central black hole — here’s how it happened

The recently-released image invovles a whole lot of technical work from stations across the world.

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How do astronomers find exoplanets? 5 of the best methods, explained

With 5000+ exoplanets out there, not all detection methods are built the same.

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Once a year, we get closer to NASA's Voyagers — here's why

They aren't going backward — we're just going forward.

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What are redshift and blueshift? How astronomers learn the distance of far-off objects

They can help unearth plants or tell us about the most distant objects in the universe.

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This futuristic telescope would use Einsteinian physics to find Earth 2.0

The Sun could act as a big magnifier for finding out if a rocky planet has the right ingredients for life.

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Flower Moon: How to see the full supermoon eclipse this month

Everything you need to know about this exquisite sight.

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What are the oldest objects in the universe? Ancient stars, exoplanets, and galaxies explained

Astronomers have discovered a few objects dating to not long after the Big Bang.

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Eta Aquarids meteor shower: You need to see the bright embers of Halley's Comet this spring

Starting on April 19 and running through May 28 with a peak on May 5, the spring's favorite meteor shower returns.

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Pink Moon 2022: How to see April's bright, brilliant Full Moon

Known by many names, the Full Moon will be one to see.

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Lyrid 2022: How to watch the spring's first meteor shower

The Lyrids return, bringing streaks of light to spring skies.

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Hubble finds a star from near the beginning of the universe — thanks to an Einstein theory

Relying on a technique predicted by relativity, it could open a whole new field of astronomy.

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