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

Black scientists around the world are calling for action, equality and representation

After a woman walking in Central Park falsely accused a Black man of assaulting her, social media erupted in support of the scientist who was simply birdwatching causing anger, outrage — and action. Now, Black scientists from around the world are taking part, promoting their work and calling for change.

How historical racism in science continues to shape the Black experience

Racism has been perpetuated under the guise of science for centuries, and the effects are still being felt today, during the COVID-19 pandemic.

NASA releases 'amazing' new landing video and images from Mars Perseverance landing

It was "seven minutes of terror" that had a big payoff: NASA's Mars Perseverance safely landed on the surface of the red planet last Thursday. And, for the first time, the edge-of-your-seat descent was captured by high-definition video cameras that NASA released on Monday.

Astronomers discover huge exoplanet has the density of cotton candy

A team of international astronomers has discovered that a previously known planet is part of a group of exoplanets referred to as "super puffs," and it is teaching us that we still have a lot to learn about planetary formation.

How hot was 2020? It depends who you ask, but it was another one for the record books, agencies say

On Thursday, NASA and NOAA released their look at the 2020 state of the climate. While the numbers may not be exactly the same, the message is: Earth is continuing to warm and it has dire consequences.

Here's what to look forward to in space for 2021

A January meteor show and a space mission to find out whether life ever existed on Mars are just two of the many space-related events to look forward to in 2021. While we can’t predict everything that will happen out there, we can tell you it's going to be an exciting 12 months. Here's what you can expect this year:

Warmer winters causing more ice-free lakes in Northern Hemisphere, study finds

Climate change is having a widespread effect on lakes across the Northern Hemisphere, a new study has found, and it has widespread impacts, including affecting water quality.

Jupiter and Saturn join in the night sky in 'great conjunction.' Here's how you can see it

If you have a keen eye, you may have noticed two fairly bright objects resembling stars low in the western sky after sunset inching closer together. But those aren't stars: they're two planets, Jupiter and Saturn. On Dec. 21, the two will be so close together they'll almost seem to touch.

Hailstorms, floods and 'snowmageddon' make Environment Canada's top 10 weather stories of 2020

Environment Canada has released its top 10 weather stories of the year — complete with hailstorms and "snowmageddon" — and no part of Canada was spared.

The Geminid meteor shower could be the best in years. Here's when and how to catch it

The nights may be frigid as temperatures dip to well below zero across most of the country, but there’s a good reason to bundle up and head outside over the coming week: the Geminid meteor shower.