Nicole Mortillaro

Senior Reporter, Science

Nicole has an avid interest in all things science. As an amateur astronomer, Nicole can be found looking up at the night sky appreciating the marvels of our universe. She is the editor of the Journal of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada and the author of several books.

Latest from Nicole Mortillaro

Heat waves are increasing across Canada — and hotter nights are also dangerous

As Earth warms, Canada is facing not only more frequent heat waves, but higher nighttime temperatures. That combination is potentially deadly.

Astronomers estimate 29 potentially habitable exoplanets may have received signals from Earth

A new study has released a list of potentially habitable planets that may have already received a signal from Earth, may be receiving them now, or will within 5,000 years.

Keep an eye out for rare electric-blue noctilucent clouds in the northern sky

It’s that time of year again, when skywatchers get the chance to see a rare, shimmering type of cloud in the evening sky.

Astronomers find more clues behind 'Great Dimming' of giant star

Between November 2019 and March 2020, the massive star Betelgeuse dimmed in a way never seen before, puzzling astronomers. Now a team of researchers believe they've solved the mystery.

When, where and how to see the June 10 annular solar eclipse

Just two weeks after the total lunar eclipse, there's another celestial event on the horizon — but this time involving the sun. A large part of Canada will be able to see it.

Newly discovered glaciers on Mars may help humans settle on the Red Planet one day

Researchers from Western University in London, Ont., have found a unique subsurface ice feature in a location that would be optimal for future explorers of the Red Planet.

When and how to see the lunar eclipse (and yes, the 'super moon')

On Wednesday, the moon will glide through Earth’s shadow giving us the only total lunar eclipse of the year and the first one since January 2019.

Keep an eye out for a chance of northern lights tonight

The sun has burped out a stream of particles that, if conditions are right, might produce northern lights across Canada tonight.

Out-of-control Chinese rocket expected to fall to Earth in the coming days

On April 29, China successfully launched a crew module for a space station that it says will be completed by the end of 2022. But the first stage of the rocket that sent that module into orbit is falling to Earth uncontrollably.

Astronauts with disabilities can apply to Europe's space agency for 1st time

In our push for a human presence in space, there has been a group who have been left out, no matter how well-educated, fit or skilled they are: people with physical disabilities. The European Space Agency is aiming to change that.