I met this guy when I work for the astrophysics department at the American Museum of Natural History in high school.

He is just as awesome in real life. 

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All of the Awesome, None of the Death

In real life, if Saturn were to be ejected from its orbit and pass by Earth at the distance depicted in this awesome video from Yeti Dynamics, our planet would be torn to shreds thanks to tidal forces as Saturn passed within our planet’s Roche limit radius, while simultaneously showering us in our final moments with a destructive rain of icy meteorites thanks to our gravity’s own disruption on Saturn’s ring system.

But luckily, this is just a simulation, so we get to see all the cool stuff without all the planetary death!

Bonus: Check out this Vsauce video, featuring ridiculous(ly awesome) simulations from Yeti Dynamics: What if the Moon Were a Disco Ball?

collections that are raw as fuck ➝ monique lhuillier s/s 2014

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The Sky Above by Leah Kennedy


The Sky Above by

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)


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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Electron wave


Electron wave patterns.