Doris Elin Urrutia
Doris is a science journalist and Space.com contributor. She received a B.A. in Sociology and Communications at Fordham University in New York City. Her first work was published in collaboration with London Mining Network, where her love of science writing was born. Her passion for astronomy started as a kid when she helped her sister build a model solar system in the Bronx. She got her first shot at astronomy writing as a Space.com editorial intern and continues to write about all things cosmic for the website. Doris has also written about microscopic plant life for Scientific American’s website and about whale calls for their print magazine. She has also written about ancient humans for Inverse, with stories ranging from how to recreate Pompeii’s cuisine to how to map the Polynesian expansion through genomics. She currently shares her home with two rabbits. Follow her on twitter at @salazar_elin.
Reference Earth's distance from the sun averages about 93 million miles (150 million km), which scientists also call one astronomical unit (1 AU).
Reference We explore what the temperature is on the moon and see why it varies so considerably.
A new Hubble Space Telescope image highlights a region in the dwarf satellite galaxy the Large Magellanic Cloud that is rich in stars.
A new image from the Hubble Space Telescope proves that astronomers don't have to look very far to find something astonishing.
Hubble snapped a great shot of NGC 376, a loose gathering of stars located outside our Milky Way, in a dwarf galaxy called the Small Magellanic Cloud.
Stars can come in an array of shapes, sizes, ages and colors. But in the case of NGC 2031, the context doesn't quite match the colors.
The Lucy mission launched on Oct. 16, 2021, to study the unique Trojan asteroids, which orbit ahead of and behind the planet Jupiter.
Scientists and engineers from NASA and the European Space Agency want to know a whole lot more about why Venus resembles Earth in so many ways, and yet is so strikingly different.
The Wolf Moon enchants people across the world, a comet visits Earth for the first time since the Stone Age and a Snoopy toy exits the NASA Artemis 1 Orion spacecraft. These are some of this week's top photos.
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Now you can follow NASA's BioSentinel cubesat as it flies through space. The experiment will investigate the effects of cosmic radiation on cells.
A new Hubble Space Telescope image displays the quintessential colors of the holiday season: bright blue-white stars shine against dusty swaths shaded red.
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket produced a vibrant show when it launched in the pre-dawn sky from Florida, at 4:34 a.m. EST (0934 GMT) from Cape Canaveral Space Force Station on Dec. 28.
NASA's supersonic X-59 plane is now one step closer to its flight demonstration over U.S. communities now that it has its 13-foot engine for quiet sonic booms.
Each of these Hubble Space Telescope images is a unique spectacle, and feature different colors that highlight various pieces of invisible information.
Earth displays its characteristic blue color as China's completed Tiangong space station, adrift high above the planet, appears in the foreground.
In a new Hubble Space Telescope image, the color blue tells a story of young stars.
NASA is making the case for a "winter wonderland" on Mars in a new video from the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California.
The newly-discovered planet is coated in molten magma, has a "year" that lasts half a day, and boasts gravity three times stronger than Earth's.
Reference Answering the question "how far is the moon from Earth?", can change depending on when you ask it. The average distance between Earth and the moon is about 238,855 miles (384,400 kilometers).
Two puffs of star-making material exude mystical glows in a recently-published Hubble Space Telescope image.
The spiral galaxy Messier 99 got the star treatment from two European Southern Observatory instruments.