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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.

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

OH WAIT LEMME TELL YOU ABOUT CECILIA PAYNE.

Cecilia Payne’s mother refused to spend money on her college education, so she won a scholarship to Cambridge.

Cecilia Payne completed her studies, but Cambridge wouldn’t give her a degree because she was a woman, so she said fuck that and moved to the United States to work at Harvard.

Cecilia Payne was the first person ever to earn a Ph.D. in astronomy from Radcliffe College, with what Otto Strauve called “the most brilliant Ph.D. thesis ever written in astronomy.”

Not only did Cecilia Payne discover what the universe is made of, she also discovered what the sun is made of (Henry Norris Russell, a fellow astronomer, is usually given credit for discovering that the sun’s composition is different from the Earth’s, but he came to his conclusions four years later than Payne—after telling her not to publish).

Cecilia Payne is the reason we know basically anything about variable stars (stars whose brightness as seen from earth fluctuates). Literally every other study on variable stars is based on her work.

Cecilia Payne was the first woman to be promoted to full professor from within Harvard, and is often credited with breaking the glass ceiling for women in the Harvard science department and in astronomy, as well as inspiring entire generations of women to take up science.

Cecilia Payne is awesome and everyone should know her.

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tessaviolet:

peachofcake:

eomira:

stop-chicken-nugget-abuse:

nevvzealand:

happy birthday someone

I like reblog going this becaUSE WHAT IF YOU SAW THIS ON YOUR BIRTHDAY HOW COOL WOULD THAT BE

Bri

MEEEEEEEEEE

Also slaylorswift BIRTHDAY TWINS

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drunkfeferi:

jaredpadaleckijr:

imgfave:

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yeah thats cute, but imagine how heartbroken he will be when he finds out it’s not real.




And that is a DAMN good response to the age old issue.

dennisillustration:

drunkfeferi:

jaredpadaleckijr:

imgfave:

Posted by philburt

yeah thats cute, but imagine how heartbroken he will be when he finds out it’s not real.

And that is a DAMN good response to the age old issue.

foxyplaydate:

notyoudonut:

my cat sleeps in this box and i was seeing how far i could push it to the edge before he jumped out and

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your cat ain’t having none of this physics bullshit

insanitybreach:

See this is actually a really neat look at how history works.

Who writes the history books?

The survivors.

Who survives?

The victors.

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Those moments where you desperately want to say something but your mind just

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fitz-simmonsy:

omnicat:

On a scale from Skye to Loki, how well do you handle the revelation that your whole life has been a well-intentioned lie because of something horrible that happened to you as a baby?

damnnnn 

ultrafacts:

itsdeepakblr:

ultrafacts:

Source For more posts like this, CLICK HERE to follow Ultrafacts 

This is a sikh temple called the Harmandir sahib or commonly called the golden temple. All sikh temples in India and even a lot around the world serve free meals everyday to anyone who visits the temple.

The water that surrounds the Golden Temple is known as the Amrit Sarovar (Pool of Nectar) and the water of the pool is said to have special properties.
The largest langar of all Gurudwaras is organized everyday at the Golden Temple where around 35,000 people a day are fed for free by temple volunteers.
All the diners have to sit on the floor, irrespective of caste, status, wealth or creed, symbolizing the central Sikh doctrine of the equality of all people.
The Golden Temple has four entrances in the North, East, South and West indicating that people from all four corners of the earth are welcome here and are permitted to enter.

ultrafacts:

itsdeepakblr:

ultrafacts:

Source For more posts like this, CLICK HERE to follow Ultrafacts

This is a sikh temple called the Harmandir sahib or commonly called the golden temple. All sikh temples in India and even a lot around the world serve free meals everyday to anyone who visits the temple.

The water that surrounds the Golden Temple is known as the Amrit Sarovar (Pool of Nectar) and the water of the pool is said to have special properties.

The largest langar of all Gurudwaras is organized everyday at the Golden Temple where around 35,000 people a day are fed for free by temple volunteers.

All the diners have to sit on the floor, irrespective of caste, status, wealth or creed, symbolizing the central Sikh doctrine of the equality of all people.

The Golden Temple has four entrances in the North, East, South and West indicating that people from all four corners of the earth are welcome here and are permitted to enter.