Shannon Hall

About Shannon Hall

Shannon Hall is an aspiring science journalist and is an editorial intern at Sky & Telescope magazine. She holds two bachelor's degrees from Whitman College in astrophysics and philosophy, and recently received her master's degree in astrophysics from the University of Wyoming.

Here are my most recent posts

Why Universe Today Writes on Climate Change

by Shannon Hall April 9, 2014

Want to stay on top of all the space news? Follow @universetoday on Twitter Online science reporting is difficult. Never mind the incredible amount of work each story requires from interviewing scientists to meticulously choosing the words you will use to describe a tough subject. That’s the fun part. It’s just after you hit the […]

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Sobering IPCC Report: “Warming is Unequivocal”

by Shannon Hall April 4, 2014

Climate change is now affecting every continent and ocean says the latest report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), an international collaboration of more than 2,500 experts. If we don’t act soon to bring greenhouse gas emissions under control, the problems will only grow substantially worse. This isn’t a casual statement from a […]

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First Microlensing Detection of a Planet Circling a Brown Dwarf Candidate

by Shannon Hall March 18, 2014

When astronomers detect new exoplanets they typically do so using one of two techniques. First, there’s the famous transit technique, which looks for slight dips in light as a planet passes in front of its host star, and second is the radial velocity technique, which senses the motion of a star due to the gravitational […]

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Landmark Discovery: New Results Provide Direct Evidence for Cosmic Inflation

by Shannon Hall March 17, 2014

Astronomers have announced Nobel Prize-worthy evidence of primordial gravitational waves — ripples in the fabric of spacetime — providing the first direct evidence the universe underwent a brief but stupendously accelerated expansion immediately following the big bang. “The implications for this detection stagger the mind,” said co-leader Jamie Bock from Caltech. “We are measuring a signal […]

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Rumors Flying Nearly as Fast as Their Subject: Have Gravitational Waves Been Detected?

by Shannon Hall March 16, 2014

Last week the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics (CfA) stated rather nonchalantly that they will be hosting a press conference on Monday, March 17th, to announce a “major discovery.” Without a potential topic for journalists to muse on, this was as melodramatic as it got. But then the Guardian posted an article on the subject and […]

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