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

Maria Mitchell: The Women who Broke the Glass Ceiling

Long before women can run the world, Maria Mitchell, a woman from a small island in Massachusetts, opened and taught the first class of female astronomers in the US. Born in 1818, decades before women were seen as equal to men, Mitchell knew that women were confined in their seemingly predestined roles, whereas men were… Continue reading Maria Mitchell: The Women who Broke the Glass Ceiling

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

Why eclipse meant bad omen

“Human beings fall easily into despair, and from the very beginning we invented stories that enabled us to place our lives in a larger setting, that revealed an underlying pattern, and gave us a sense that, against all the depressing and chaotic evidence to the contrary, life had meaning and value.” Karen Armstrong And where’s… Continue reading Why eclipse meant bad omen

Nana Primadi, Ibu Astronomi Indonesia

Premana Primadi is an Indonesian astronomer and head of Bosscha Observatorium, who shares Stephen Hawking’s ALS disease, but still stands for Indonesia’s astronomy study with her indelible charm. Her name is on a 10 km diameter asteroid that travels at 25 km/s, orbiting the sun every 4.5 years, but she’s a figure who is still… Continue reading Nana Primadi, Ibu Astronomi Indonesia

The third man who went to the Moon but didn’t land

“The moon I have known all my life, that two‐dimensional, small yellow disk in the sky, has gone away somewhere, to be replaced by the most awesome sphere I have ever seen. To begin with it is huge, completely filling our window. Second, it is three‐dimensional. The belly of it bulges out towards us in… Continue reading The third man who went to the Moon but didn’t land