Vanishing Planets

Who can solve the Case of the Vanishing Planet…?  This is Sandra Tsing Loh with The Loh Down on Science… and a cold case from outer space. In two thousand four, the Hubble Space Telescope snapped a photo of the planet Fomalhaut-b.  Astronomers noticed something odd about Foh-b. It wasn’t

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Cosmic Colors

The Milky Way and many stars shine through trees

Can you paint with all the colors of… the climate?! This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Looking for a vacation home… on another planet? Earth isn’t the only planet where life — like us — can kick back! But how can we tell if a planet

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Galaxy Roughhousing

Does our galaxy need a collision damage waiver?! This is Sandra Tsing Loh with The Loh Down on Science. Scientists know that the Milky Way doesn’t have a perfect disk shape. Instead, it’s slightly bent, like a brim of a sunhat. But what’s causing this elegant curve? Enter a team

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Star in a Bottle

Catch a falling star and put it in a….bottle? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Among the stars in the sky, Tabby’s Star is a real puzzle. Since it was discovered in twenty-fifteen, astronomers have noticed that it randomly dims — by as much as

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Stormy Stripes

Five hundred leagues under the WIND? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Jupiter – it’s one stylish planet! Its red, gold, and orange stripes – formed by violent winds and weather – give it an unmistakable look. For years, scientists have wondered how deep the

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Stellar Visitor

Are we being watched by visitors from another galaxy? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. A couple of years ago, astronomers saw something unexpected in their telescopes. An object from another solar system! Named Oumuamua, this spinning, skyscraper shaped rock confounded the scientists. Was it

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Sun Shower

The weather today: clear with a chance of showers… on the Sun? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. The sun gives off gas that zips through space just like gusts of wind. This solar wind is what causes our beautiful Northern Lights. But, where exactly

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Life in Space

Men are from Mars. Women, from Venus. Really? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science, saying not exactly. But check out this intriguing new cosmic discovery from the University of Nice. Researchers there were simulating conditions commonly found in comets. Why? To see if life might

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Red Planet Blues

Everyone into the pool!…on MARS? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. A long time ago, in a galaxy not at all far away, Mars was super wet. How wet? About twenty-percent covered in liquid! But now our Red Planet is dry and dusty. Where did

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Stars al Dente

Astronomy? More like PASTA-nomy! This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science, saying… We are stardust – no, really! The elements in our bodies were created by supernovas — stars that exploded long ago. But now astronomers believe that some of those dying stars met a different

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