Ashley Yeager is the associate news editor at Science News. Previously, she worked at The Scientist, where she was an associate editor for nearly three years. She has also worked as a freelance editor and writer, and as a writer at the Simons Foundation, Duke University and the W.M. Keck Observatory. She was the web producer for Science News from 2013 to 2015, and was an intern at the magazine in the summer of 2008. She holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and a master’s degree in science writing from MIT. Her book, Bright Galaxies, Dark Matter and Beyond, on the life of astronomer Vera Rubin, will be published by MIT Press in August.

All Stories by Ashley Yeager

  1. Pluto's hazy horizon
    Planetary Science

    How Pluto’s haze could explain its red spots

    Pluto’s collapsing atmosphere may explain the dwarf planet’s seemingly random ruddy spots.

  2. comet 67P

    Close pass by sun didn’t radically alter comet 67P’s landscape

    Landslides on comet 67P shot plumes of dust into space, but changes like these might not radically alter the landscape of the comet.

  3. hydrogen signatures of galaxies

    Distant galaxies lack dark matter, study suggests

    Slower-than-expected velocities of stars in distant galaxies, if confirmed, could reshape astronomers’ ideas of galaxy formation and evolution.

  4. illustration of galaxy dust

    Astronomers detect oldest known stardust in distant galaxy

    The first stardust ever generated in the universe may have been spotted in a distant galaxy, seen as it was 600 million years after the Big Bang.

  5. GRO J1655-40

    Magnetism helps black holes blow off gas

    The turbulent winds that swirl around black holes are probably driven by magnetic fields, scientists say.

  6. exoplanet illustration

    Hydrogen volcanoes might boost planets’ potential for life

    Volcanoes that spew hydrogen could increase the number of potentially habitable planets in the universe.

  7. supermassive black hole

    Black hole enjoys fantastically long stellar feast

    A supermassive black hole about 1.8 billion light-years away has been gorging on the same star for a record-breaking decade.

  8. illustration of a seven planet solar system

    Seven Earth-sized planets orbit nearby supercool star

    A planetary system called TRAPPIST-1 has seven Earth-sized planets, three in the habitable zone, researchers report.

  9. Naica mine in Chihuahua, Mexico

    Microbes survived inside giant cave crystals for up to 50,000 years

    Microbes trapped in crystals in Mexico's Naica mine may represent some of the most distinct life-forms found in Earth so far.

  10. icy surface of Europa
    Planetary Science

    Europa lander mission takes another step toward reality

    NASA is working on a possible lander mission in which the main science goal would be to search for signs of life on Jupiter’s moon Europa.

  11. illustration of Juno spacecraft at Jupiter
    Planetary Science

    Juno spacecraft won’t go into shorter orbit around Jupiter

    Juno will remain in its 53-day orbit around Jupiter due to an issue with two helium check valves, NASA reports.

  12. Jupiter's south pole

    Citizen scientists are providing stunning new views of Jupiter

    A camera aboard NASA’s Juno spacecraft is giving citizen scientists a crack at discovering never-before-seen features of Jupiter.