Elizabeth Howell

Elizabeth is a Trekkie and one-time analog Mars astronaut who writes about all things space, from human spaceflight to astronomy to distant robot voyages.

She holds a Ph.D. in Space Studies and has written or co-written several space books, on top of regular journalism work in Canada and the United States. Somehow she's witnessed five human launches, although the sixth attempt was epicly derailed by a hurricane.

Elizabeth is based in Ottawa, Canada and spends her spare time reading history, playing 200-hour RPGs and following way too many YouTube channels.

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Geminids: You need to see 2022’s best meteor shower this week

After a few minor showers, this meteor shower is ready to put on a show.


Cold Moon: You need to see the last Full Moon of the year this week

Named for the season's weather, the Cold Moon will herald the arrival of winter.


Leonids: You need to see November's brightest meteor shower this week

The show can bring sometimes come in as a storm.


Taurids 2022: You need to see this elusive meteor shower this weekend

A Full Moon could cut into some viewing opportunities, but the peak still could bring some bright fireballs.


November Blood Moon: You need to see this startling lunar eclipse tonight

The Beaver Moon will coincide with a lunar eclipse, making an impressive celestial show.


Hunter's Moon: You need to see the bright Full Moon in the sky this week

October may be crisper, but the sky will be clearer.


You need to see the most unpredictable meteor shower peak this week

The Draconids may not be as prolific as some meteors but they are fascinating none-the-less.


You need to see the bright Harvest Moon in the sky this month

The September Full Moon heralds the arrival of fall.

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Sturgeon Moon 2022: Why this month's Full Moon may be one of the best to see

Keep an eye in the sky for our nearest natural neighbor.


Perseids: You need to see the summer's best meteor shower ASAP

The Perseids have kicked off — with a peak on August 11 and 12.


How do galaxies get their shape? The science of key Webb Telescope targets, explained

There are many types of galaxies. But their shape depends on formation history.


Webb Telescope: This hellish planet could be a "Rosetta stone" for finding alien life

JWST will look at Gliese 486 b — too hot to sustain life, but which could bear an atmosphere.


Buck Moon: You need to see July's supermoon this week

Warm summer nights bring a brilliant sight to the sky.


Strawberry Moon: You need to see June's bright full supermoon this month

The event peaks on June 14 in the morning, but is visible for several nights before.


We now have an image of the Milky Way’s central black hole — here’s how it happened

The recently-released image invovles a whole lot of technical work from stations across the world.


How do astronomers find exoplanets? 5 of the best methods, explained

With 5000+ exoplanets out there, not all detection methods are built the same.


Once a year, we get closer to NASA's Voyagers — here's why

They aren't going backward — we're just going forward.


What are redshift and blueshift? How astronomers learn the distance of far-off objects

They can help unearth plants or tell us about the most distant objects in the universe.


This futuristic telescope would use Einsteinian physics to find Earth 2.0

The Sun could act as a big magnifier for finding out if a rocky planet has the right ingredients for life.


Flower Moon: How to see the full supermoon eclipse this month

Everything you need to know about this exquisite sight.