Margaret Hamilton: Her Codes Sent Us to the Moon

A century after Maria Mitchell paved the way for women to learn astronomy in a formal classroom and a few decades after the Harvard Computers laid the foundation for the discovery of distant galaxies, Margaret Hamilton wrote more than 10 books of software codes—by hand—that would send men to the moon for our first giant… Continue reading Margaret Hamilton: Her Codes Sent Us to the Moon

Williamina Fleming: From Maid to Stardom

At the dawn of the 19th century, together with Harvard's head of observatory Edward Pickering, Williamina Fleming led the way for a new kind of system to look at the stars. And thus while the old time astronomer clings tenaciously to his telescope for visual observations, astronomical photography is leaving him far behind and almost… Continue reading Williamina Fleming: From Maid to Stardom

The Harvard Computers: The Women who laid the Foundation for Big Bang

In the coffee world, just before the green beans are bagged and shipped into various roasteries around the coffee, they're placed on the table and a group of women, with a quick yet sharp look, will manually sort them into groups. This is an important yet ever underestimated task. Spending a few hours a day… Continue reading The Harvard Computers: The Women who laid the Foundation for Big Bang

Einstein’s Musical Muse

In 1905, long before we understand that space makes ripples, Einstein proposed the idea that time, like space, is also a dimension that can be curved and bent. Einstein had pondered about curvature of spacetime since he was 16—and it wasn’t just because he’s a theoretical genius. Believing that “imagination is more important than knowledge,”… Continue reading Einstein’s Musical Muse

A story of Sun Ra

"I'd hate to pass through a planet and not leave it better than I found it." Sun Ra “Imagination will often carry us to worlds that never were, but without it we go nowhere,” said the beloved astronomer and storyteller, Carl Sagan. The 20s-50s period were the glowing years of astronomy. Within a short few decades,… Continue reading A story of Sun Ra

Campfires in the sky

I always find the Moon to be a poetic piece in the sky. Its origin and reality is quite an anomaly. As a satellite, it’s a giant. When other satellites are only 0.04% the size of its planet, our Moon’s size is a quarter of the Earth’s. The Moon doesn’t have atmosphere, and one time,… Continue reading Campfires in the sky

“Contemplation is a luxury.”

Don’t scientific meanderings propel us to a different universe? Aren’t they pleasant daydreams done on a daybed with eyes grazing the clouds, mind half way to Neptune, fantasizing about space travel, the Future, and humanity’s fate? We won’t hesitate to give it a whole day, yet at the same time nearby are neighbors with a… Continue reading “Contemplation is a luxury.”