Elizabeth Howell

About Elizabeth Howell

Elizabeth Howell is the senior writer at Universe Today. She also works for Space.com, Space Exploration Network, the NASA Lunar Science Institute, NASA Astrobiology Magazine and LiveScience, among others. Career highlights include watching three shuttle launches, and going on a two-week simulated Mars expedition in rural Utah. You can follow her on Twitter @howellspace or contact her at her website.

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Split-Personality Pulsar Switches From Radio To Gamma-Rays

by Elizabeth Howell July 23, 2014

Want to stay on top of all the space news? Follow @universetoday on Twitter Another snapshot of our strange universe: astronomers recently caught a pulsar — a particular kind of dense star — switch off its radio beacon while powerful gamma rays brightened fivefold. “It’s almost as if someone flipped a switch, morphing the system […]

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Video: A Dizzying, Whirly View Of The Earth From Space!

by Elizabeth Howell July 23, 2014

We’ve got vertigo watching this video, but in a good way! This is a sped-up view of Earth from the International Space Station from the Cupola, a wraparound window that is usually used for cargo ship berthings and Earth observations. Remove this ad Elizabeth Howell on Google+

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‘Weak’ New Meteor Shower Due To Fragile Comet Dust

by Elizabeth Howell July 23, 2014

While the Camelopardalid shower only produced a few meteors, the lack of flashy disintegrations showed astronomers something new, a new study reveals: the dust from its parent comet (Comet 209P/Linear) was much more fragile than the usual. The reasons are still being investigated, but one theory is that after a century in space, there wasn’t […]

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Watch Live As Underwater Astronauts Drill Into The Ocean Floor

by Elizabeth Howell July 22, 2014

How do we send humans to asteroids or Mars? While the answer is complex, one part of it is to say “a simulation mission at a time.” That’s one of the roles of the NASA Extreme Environment Mission Operations (NEEMO) project, which now is seeing its 18th crew temporarily live in a habitat 62 feet […]

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Cosmic Fireworks: A Supernova Feast And Google+ Hangout For Chandra’s 15th Anniversary

by Elizabeth Howell July 22, 2014

It’s well past the Fourth of July, but you can still easily find fireworks in the sky if you look around. The Chandra X-Ray Observatory has been doing just that for the past 15 years, revealing what the universe looks like in these longer wavelengths that are invisible to human eyes. Just in time for […]

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