Shannon Hall

About Shannon Hall

Shannon Hall is an aspiring science journalist and is an editorial intern at Sky & Telescope magazine. She holds two B.A.'s from Whitman College in physics-astronomy and philosophy, and an M.S. in astronomy from the University of Wyoming. This fall she will attend NYU's Science, Health and Environmental Reporting program.

Here are my most recent posts

ESO’s La Silla Observatory Reveals Beautiful Star Cluster “Laboratory”

by Shannon Hall July 23, 2014

Want to stay on top of all the space news? Follow @universetoday on Twitter Any human being knows the awe-inspiring wonder of a splash of stars against a dark backdrop. But it takes a skilled someone to truly appreciate a distant object viewed through an eyepiece. Your gut tightens as you realize that the tiny […]

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First Exoplanet Discovered Beyond the “Snow Line”

by Shannon Hall July 22, 2014

Data from NASA’s crippled Kepler space telescope has unleashed a windfall of hot Jupiters — sizzling gas giants that circle their host star within days — and only a handful of Earth-like planets. A quick analysis might make it seem as though hot Jupiters are far more common than their smaller and more distant counterparts. […]

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Distant Stellar Atmospheres Shed Light on How Jupiter-like Planets Form

by Shannon Hall July 18, 2014

It’s likely that Jupiter-like planets’ origins root back to either the rapid collapse of a dense cloud or small rocky cores that glom together until the body is massive enough to accrete a gaseous envelope. Although these two competing theories are both viable, astronomers have, for the first time, seen the latter “core accretion” theory […]

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New VLT Observations Clear Up Dusty Mystery

by Shannon Hall July 11, 2014

The Universe is overflowing with cosmic dust. Planets form in swirling clouds of dust around a young star; Dust lanes hide more-distant stars in the Milky Way above us; And molecular hydrogen forms on the dust grains in interstellar space. Even the soot from a candle is very similar to cosmic carbon dust. Both consist […]

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‘Gyrochronology’ Allows Astronomers to Find True Sun-like Stars

by Shannon Hall July 11, 2014

There’s no doubt the term “Earth-like” is a bit of a misnomer. It requires only that a planet is both Earth-size (less than 1.25 times Earth’s girth and less than twice Earth’s mass) and circles its host star within the habitable zone. But defining a “Sun-like” star may be just as difficult. A solar twin […]

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