The Pun Pundit

Since her death in 1979, the woman who discovered what the universe is made of has not so much as received a memorial plaque. Her newspaper obituaries do not mention her greatest discovery. […] Every high school student knows that Isaac Newton discovered gravity, that Charles Darwin discovered evolution, and that Albert Einstein discovered the relativity of time. But when it comes to the composition of our universe, the textbooks simply say that the most abundant atom in the universe is hydrogen. And no one ever wonders how we know.

— Jeremy Knowles, discussing the complete lack of recognition Cecilia Payne gets, even today, for her revolutionary discovery. (via alliterate)


awkwardsituationist:

calgary native victor liu spends one night every week, regardless of the season or weather, camped out alone under the stars at banff or jasper, where he occasionally, with use of his self timer, captures photos of himself with the northern lights and milky way.

"nothing is better than watching aurora borealis in winter on a layer of thin ice," he said, adding, "i love the night sky, it is a complete transformation and helps you feel connected to the universe."