Cheryl Burke Teases Possible End to Dancing With the Stars Career

All good things must come to an end.

As Dancing With the Stars continues with another must-see season, fans can’t get enough of Cheryl Burke and her partner AJ McLean.

But while appearing on the Nov. 2 episode of Chicks in the Office podcast, Cheryl revealed that her time as a professional dancer on ABC’s long-running series won’t last forever.

“My hips don’t lie and I’m starting to get tendonitis,” she shared. “For a woman, as far as ballroom dancing competitively goes, normally in their 30s [you retire]—I’m 36—so it’s time to hang up those shoes.”

“I also don’t want to be like that oldie that’s like, ‘Oh here comes Cheryl doing the same choreography, just going slow but in her head, she thinks she’s going that fast,'” Cheryl continued while laughing. “I also don’t want to I guess be a dancer and have my partner having to be like, ‘Can’t lift.’ There’s a time and a place for it all.”

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With season 29 going full steam ahead, Cheryl expressed that there is one possibility she would like to experience.

“I would love to sit at the judges table,” the co-host of iHeartRadio’s Pretty Messed Up podcast said. “It would be really great for me just to use my mouth and not my body.”

“Four judges? It’s fine,” she joked. “Just give us each five seconds.”

During her long career on Dancing With the Stars, Cheryl has won the mirror ball trophy with partners Drew Lachey and Emmitt Smith. She also was the runner-up in other seasons when dancing with Rob Kardashian and Gilles Marini.

Ultimately, every season brings new challenges and surprises and this year is no different. In addition to following strict COVID-19 guidelines on and off set, Cheryl recently suffered a head injury during rehearsal.

“I took a hard fall while rehearsing for #VillainsNight. It’s one of those things that can happen in a split second,” she wrote on Oct. 26 “Thankfully, I have the best partner I could ask for that was there to pick me up off the ground.”

Spoiler alert: She’s recovered and ready to dance on an all-new Dancing With the Stars airing Monday night at 8 p.m. on ABC.

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Juno mission observes ‘sprites’ dancing in Jupiter’s atmosphere

Blue sprites and elves have been detected twirling in the upper atmosphere of Jupiter by NASA’s Juno mission. While it may sound like something out of a fantasy novel, sprites and elves are actually two types of quick, bright flashes of light, or transient luminous events.

background pattern: A sprite is depicted at Jupiter in this illustration. Jupiter's hydrogen-rich atmosphere would likely make this luminous event appear blue.

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A sprite is depicted at Jupiter in this illustration. Jupiter’s hydrogen-rich atmosphere would likely make this luminous event appear blue.

Although these lightning-like flashes happen on Earth, this marks the first time these luminous events have been spotted on another planet.


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In European mythology, sprites are clever, fairy-like creatures. In science, they’re bright centers of light that are triggered by lightning and occur far above thunderstorms.

These phenomena occur on Earth, usually about 60 miles above large thunderstorms. Although the light from sprites brightening the sky can span 15 to 30 miles across, these flares last for just milliseconds. The shape of these flashes, like a jellyfish, extends both up and down toward the ground.

Elves, or Emission of Light and Very Low Frequency perturbations due to Electromagnetic Pulse Sources, are also quick flashes of light. They can brighten a larger area of the sky that can stretch as far as 200 miles across, and their shape looks more like a flat disk.

“On Earth, sprites and elves appear reddish in color due to their interaction with nitrogen in the upper atmosphere,” said lead study author and Juno planetary scientist Rohini S. Giles, in a statement. “But on Jupiter, the upper atmosphere mostly consists of hydrogen, so they would likely appear either blue or pink.”

The study published Tuesday in the Journal of Geophysical Research: Planets.

While scientists predicted Jupiter’s turbulent atmosphere and massive storms could support the presence of these luminous events, they had never been observed.

The Juno mission went into orbit around Jupiter, the largest planet in our solar system, in 2016. Since then, it has helped to rewrite much of what scientists previously understood about Jupiter. So far, Juno has conducted 29 science flybys of Jupiter with its instruments on and collecting data about the planet.

Among the spacecraft’s instruments is an ultraviolet spectrograph, or UVS, that images Jupiter’s auroras in ultraviolet light.

But Juno’s team also believes the instrument has captured evidence of sprites and elves in Jupiter’s upper atmosphere. The researchers spotted a disappearing bright flash of light in the ultraviolet data during the summer of 2019.

“UVS was designed to characterize Jupiter’s beautiful northern and southern lights,” said Giles, postdoctoral researcher at the Southwest Research Institute in San Antonio. “But we discovered UVS images that not only showed Jovian aurora, but also a bright flash of UV light over in the corner where it wasn’t supposed to be. The more our team looked into it, the more we realized Juno may have detected a (transient luminous event) on Jupiter.”

Juno has captured 11 of these bright flashes so far occurring in Jupiter’s upper atmosphere over a region where intense lightning-filled thunderstorms form.


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