Just because it’s awesome: Advances in space exploration

Over the last year there have been some awesome accomplishments in space. A few examples (there are many others): Retrieval of subsurface asteroid samples to earth by Japan’s Hayabusa2. The return of lunar samples by China’s Chang’e 5. The transport of humans to space for the first time by a non-governmental agency, Space X. AnContinue reading “Just because it’s awesome: Advances in space exploration”

Cecilia Payne-Gaposchkin

Keywords: Astronomy, women scientists, glass ceiling (There are many influential people in history that are not generally known. Many such can arguably be said to have changed history because they doubted something and acted on that doubt. Here is someone I recently came across that I put in these categories.) I recently became aware ofContinue reading “Cecilia Payne-Gaposchkin”

Just because it’s awesome: Crab nebula

(Curiosity goes hand-in-hand with doubt and leads to an ongoing discovery of awesome aspects of reality.) The Crab Nebula (catalogue designations M1, NGC 1952, Taurus A) is a supernova remnant in the constellation of Taurus (from Wikipedia.) There are (at least) two things I find awesome about this astronomical object. First, it “… is widelyContinue reading “Just because it’s awesome: Crab nebula”