Planetary Diet

Look out – it’s the attack of the planet-eating suns!  This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. When two stars form at the same time, they should be chemically identical … like twins! But some pairs are more like distant cousins. And as it turns out

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Asteroid Blaster

Asteroid passing next to the milky way

AHHH! An asteroid is hurtling towards Earth! What to do??? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science, saying: ready…aim…FIRE! But would that REALLY work? Let’s find out! George Flynn at State University of New York crushed up real meteorite fragments, acquired from the Vatican Observatory. Then,

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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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