Science Writing

Science Blogs

I regularly provide scientific content for online websites, including the following:

  • [Conversation]() (December 2021): James Webb Space Telescope: how we’re launching the largest, most complex observatory in history
  • Conversation (October 2021): Jupiter: mission unveils the depth and structure of planet’s shrinking red spot and colourful bands
  • Why we need to return to Uranus and Neptune, Sky at Night Magazine, October 2021 .
  • Onwards to the ice giants, Astronomy & Geophysics, Volume 61, Issue 5, 1 October 2020, Pages 5.22–5.27 ( Full Text
  • Meeting Report: There’s Something in the Air, Astronomy & Geophysics, Volume 61, Issue 3, June 2020, Pages 3.20–3.25, (
  • International Year of the Periodic Table (2019) - Invited to be the Featured Scientist for an infographic on the chemical uniqueness of Uranus, working with education specialists at the Lunar and Planetary Institute. Fletcher L., Shaner A., Webb S., and Portillo K. (2019) Top 5 Elements in the Atmosphere of Uranus. LPI Contribution No. 2205, Lunar and Planetary Institute, Houston.
  • Society for Popular Astronomy Magazine (2019), Pro-Am Collaborations and NASA’s Juno Mission.
  • Astronomy and Geophysics (2018), Pro–am collaborations improve views of Jupiter, Volume 59, Issue 4, 1 August 2018, Pages 4.24–4.31, (
  • Astronomy Magazine, answering a reader question on how clouds form on Giant Planets, February 2018 issue.
  • ROOM.EU Space Journal (September 2017): An article on the end of the Cassini mission in the journal, available to subscribers via this link.
  • Planetary Report (September 2017 Issue): An article on “Saturn: The Seasonal Giant” in the Equinox issue of the Planetary Report, available for download here.
  • Conversation (July 2017): Six mysteries of Jupiter’s Great Red Spot
  • Conversation (May 2017): The first results from the Juno mission are in – and they already challenge our understanding of Jupiter
  • Astronomy and Geophysics (2017), “Saturn’s Seasonal Atmosphere”, Volume 58, p4.26-4.30 (
  • Astronomy Magazine (August 2017): Ask an Astronomer column on how clouds form on the giant planets.
  • Conversation (December 2016): It’s been a turbulent start, but Juno is now delivering spectacular insights into Jupiter
  • Conversation (June 2016): NASA’s Juno arrives at Jupiter to lift cloudy veil.
  • Conversation (February 2015): The Moon was a first step, Mars will test our capabilities, but Europa is the prize
  • Astronomy and Geophysics (2013): Future Exploration of the Outer Solar System, Volume 54, p2.14-2.20, Featured as one of the Editors Choice Articles.
Leigh Fletcher
Professor of Planetary Science