Passant Rabie

Passant Rabie is a space writer at Inverse, where she guides readers through the mysteries of the local universe. She covers ongoing missions to distant planets and beyond, and breaks down recent discoveries in the world of astrophysics and the latest in ongoing space news.

Passant is is an award-winning journalist from Cairo, Egypt, who relocated to New York to pursue a master's degree in science journalism at New York University. Her interest in astrophysics stems from the many existential questions that live rent-free in her head. But when she's not weighed down by the vast emptiness of space, she enjoys biking, worshipping cats, and learning Beyonce's choreography.

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Venus in October 2021: How to see the dazzling planet
Passant Rabie
Venus will shine extra bright at its greatest elongation.
nothing but a number
How old is the universe? Scientists use these two methods to find out
Passant Rabie
It took some cosmic detective work.
listening...
Low-frequency gravitational waves: How to hunt for these enigmatic signals
Passant Rabie
Low frequency gravitational waves could unlock the secrets of the ancient universe.
too hot to handle
Look: NASA photo reveals unusual supernova event
Passant Rabie
The supernova remanent is located about 19,600 light years away from Earth.
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How to view the best celestial objects during a New Moon
Passant Rabie
It's the perfect opportunity for a little sky gazing.
relatable
To find out what an exoplanet is made of, look to its star
Passant Rabie
This could help scientists find habitable exoplanets.
are you receiving me?
Can we use the Sun to find aliens? Scientists propose a relativity trick
Passant Rabie
Earth may be able to build a relay system around the Sun.
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Look: Stardust embedded in ancient meteorite tells the origin story of the Sun
Passant Rabie
These stars were the building blocks of our Solar System.
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What time is best for stargazing? Why the early morning may be your best chance
Passant Rabie
Some celestial events are best viewed in the twilight.
third-wheeling
One overlooked source could help scientists discover alien civilizations
Passant Rabie
Time to take a leaf out of James Bond’s spycraft book.
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Orionid meteor shower: How to watch the most spectacular light show in October
Passant Rabie
The meteor shower originates from this very familiar comet.
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A new meteor shower? Why this unique cosmic phenomenon was possible
Passant Rabie
A unique opportunity presented itself this October.
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Mercury greatest western elongation: See the elusive planet shine bright
Passant Rabie
Mercury will be at its greatest western elongation on October 25.
ancient aliens
Look: Mars images reveal where Perseverance should look for ancient life
Passant Rabie
“This is what we came to search for.”
I'm losing you
Mars solar conjunction: Why this phenomenon means NASA can't communicate with Mars
Passant Rabie
The Red Planet is about to hide behind the Sun.
now u see me...
These cosmic megastructures could be a giveaway for intelligent alien life
Passant Rabie
A team of researchers is on the hunt for advanced alien civilizations in the Milky Way.
lucky charm
Life on Mars: Why this one plant could help Red Planet colonists
Passant Rabie
Martian soil needs a little bacteria to house plants.
Lucy Liftoff
Lucy mission: NASA goals, October launch date, and Beatles Easter egg
Passant Rabie and John Wenz
Plus: a Beatles Easter egg is coming along for the ride.
Science
Why does Earth have a Moon? New studies reveal its chaotic origin
Passant Rabie
Earth's only natural satellite may have been the result of a violent cosmic event.
storm a-brewin'
Watch: Something strange is happening to Jupiter’s Red Spot
Passant Rabie
This ancient storm is picking up speed.