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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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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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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Gassy Galaxy

Things that smell: rotten eggs, farts, …Neptune’s neighbor? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Uranus is one of our solar system’s gas planets. Made of liquid and gas, unlike Earth, it has no solid surface. We know very little about it, partly because it’s almost

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That’s So RETRO-grade!

Unsure of when Mercury’s in retrograde? Blame Einstein! This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Forwards, backwards – understanding Mercury’s kooky orbit has never been easy! Scientists were unable to do it for years. Then along came Einstein with his theory of relativity. In brief, the

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