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News Archive / Author: Laurel Kornfeld

Laurel Kornfeld is an amateur astronomer and freelance writer from Highland Park, NJ, who enjoys writing about astronomy and planetary science. She studied journalism at Douglass College, Rutgers University, and earned a Graduate Certificate of Science from Swinburne University’s Astronomy Online program. Her writings have been published online in The Atlantic, Astronomy magazine’s guest blog section, the UK Space Conference, the 2009 IAU General Assembly newspaper, The Space Reporter, and newsletters of various astronomy clubs. She is a member of the Cranford, NJ-based Amateur Astronomers, Inc. Especially interested in the outer solar system, Laurel gave a brief presentation at the 2008 Great Planet Debate held at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Lab in Laurel, MD.

Articles By Laurel Kornfeld

  • KBO could be evidence for a giant planet in the outer solar system

    May 31st, 2018

    The discovery of a distant Kuiper Belt Object (KBO) with an extremely eccentric orbit could be evidence that a giant planet is waiting to be discovered in the outer solar system.

  • New appointees fill top NASA positions

    May 27th, 2018

    Signaling an era of new leadership, NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine has appointed Steve Jurczyk to serve as the agency's associate administrator and Melanie W. Saunders to the position of acting deputy associate administrator, succeeding Deputy Associate Administrator Krista Paquin, who is resigning June 10.

  • Correction maneuver puts NASA’s InSight lander on path to Mars

    May 24th, 2018

    The first and largest of six planned course correction maneuvers directing NASA's Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy, and Heat Transport (InSight) lander to Mars was successfully completed Tuesday, May 22, 2018.

  • Research teams receive NASA grants to study life in the cosmos

    May 18th, 2018

    Three interdisciplinary research teams have each been awarded $8 million in NASA grant funding to conduct five-year studies on various aspects of life in the universe.

  • Chasing New Horizons: An epic exploration to a strange new world

    May 9th, 2018

    Close to three years after the historic New Horizons Pluto flyby wowed the world, mission principal investigator Alan Stern and astrobiologist and mission science team member David Grinspoon tell the riveting story of a monumental exploration 26 years in the making in their new book Chasing New Horizons: Inside the Epic First Mission to Pluto.

  • New Galileo data provides insight into Ganymede’s magnetic environment

    May 5th, 2018

    New data from NASA’s Galileo spacecraft, which orbited Jupiter between 1995 and 2003, indicates the gas giant’s moon Ganymede is located in a tumultuous magnetic environment that may be the cause of its bright auroras.

  • Data from stellar dust survey may inform the search for Earth-like planets

    April 28th, 2018

    Data collected in a survey of warm dust in the habitable zones of numerous stars may provide scientists searching for Earth-like planets with important insights into future exoplanet hunting missions.

  • Uranus’s clouds composed of foul-smelling hydrogen sulfide

    April 26th, 2018

    Uranus's cloud tops are composed of hydrogen sulfide, a gas that smells like rotten eggs, according to a study led by Glenn Orton of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, California.

  • VIDEO: NEOWISE asteroid survey data released

    April 22nd, 2018

    Data collected over four years by NASA's Near-Earth Object Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (NEOWISE) has been publicly released by the mission team, accompanied by an animation that includes all asteroids and comets detected over the mission's duration.

  • IAU approves names for features on Charon

    April 18th, 2018

    The International Astronomical Union (IAU) has accepted a list of names for features on Pluto's largest moon, Charon, submitted by NASA's New Horizons mission team.

  • Latest Juno image shows Jupiter’s cloud tops in intricate detail

    April 10th, 2018

    Among the most recent JunoCam images released by NASA is an intricate, color-enhanced photo of Jupiter's cloud tops taken April 1, 2018, that has the appearance of a watercolor painting.

  • Interstellar ‘Oumuamua gives scientists new insights into formation of planetary systems

    April 5th, 2018

    Interstellar asteroid 'Oumuamua spent only a short time traveling through the Solar System, but its passage is providing scientists with new insights into the formation processes of planetary systems.

  • Scientists use Kepler telescope to study supernovae

    April 2nd, 2018

    NASA's Kepler space telescope was designed to discover exoplanets, but throughout its initial and extended missions, scientists have used its precision and ability to continuously collect data to study supernovae, the explosions produced by dying massive stars.

  • NASA delays launch of James Webb Space Telescope to 2020

    March 28th, 2018

    The highly anticipated launch of NASA's James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) has been delayed to May 2020 due to the need for extensive testing and integration of its parts, which the agency says it now recognizes will take longer than previously anticipated.

  • Dawn observations indicate Ceres is geologically active

    March 17th, 2018

    NASA's Dawn spacecraft, which has been orbiting Ceres for three years, has observed changes on the dwarf planet's surface indicating it is a dynamic, geologically active world. Two separate studies published in the journal Science Advances discuss these changes with one centering on the changing amounts of water ice and the other discussing the formation and distribution of carbonates.