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

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

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

Writing for children

"Anyone who writes down to children is simply wasting his time. You have to write up, not down." E.B. White Enter a child’s headspace and you will find a perpetually unfolding space for stories and beauty. Children are driven by wonder and endless curiosities. Yet children’s books rarely capture this spirit. They downsize big ideas—in… Continue reading Writing for children

“Kid, you are a scientist.”

What’s life without the world within us, a perpetually unfolding space that is the kaleidoscope to our reality? Children, being so free from the constraints of adulthood, roam in and out of this space without care, bringing traces from one world to another. These are the years of soft imaginings; of observing the world like… Continue reading “Kid, you are a scientist.”

“Vatican church has astronomers, too.”

Can science and religion meet; embracing each other like a soulmate, unveiling depths within each other? For years, we are used to seeing debates, instead of duet, between science and religion, both in the popular media and public conversation, to the point that we believe the two don’t co-exist. A religious person fears scientific truth… Continue reading “Vatican church has astronomers, too.”

The women with life-long love affairs with space

We should be thankful we live in an age that appreciates the wisdom of interconnected; the kind of thinking that appreciates the largeness of life and the interconnectedness of things. After this holistic wisdom was deemed irrelevant and then forgotten by the mechanical and efficiency-focused industrial and post-industrial age, we finally arrive at this stage… Continue reading The women with life-long love affairs with space