The Glass Universe: Another barrier for women to shatter

I love the double meaning hiding in the title of this book.  One hundred years ago, before CCD photography, many astronomers collected light on glass photographic plates, some as large as 17 inches by 14 inches.  On those plates the computers at Harvard Observatory captured images of the universe. At the same time, women were … More The Glass Universe: Another barrier for women to shatter

“Science lies not in the facts themselves but in their arrangement.”

Miss Leavitt’s Stars: The Untold Story of the Woman Who discovered How to Measure the Universe   By George Johnson Atlas Books, 2005   One night at the observatory a voice in the dark asked “How do I reconcile the information that the Andromeda Galaxy is 2 million light years away with the growing number … More “Science lies not in the facts themselves but in their arrangement.”

Let’s Talk Astronomy

One of the really great benefits of teaching astronomy is having a group of people who are somewhat interested in the subject, to talk with about current events and astronomy in general.  I’ve enjoyed the opportunities to speak before community groups, and, again, the conversations with members of the audiences are the best part. And … More Let’s Talk Astronomy