Pulsar squiggle

Famous Astronomers

Jocelyn Bell Burnell: Pulsar Pioneer

In 1967, astronomer Jocelyn Bell Burnell (1943–) discovered the first pulsars — cosmic lighthouses that now enable astrophysicists to probe extreme physics and test general relativity.

Margaret Burbidge

People, Places, and Events

Happy Birthday, Margaret Burbidge!

The astronomer who taught us we are all made of stardust celebrate her 100th birthday on August 12, 2019.

The Moon

Famous Astronomers

Before Apollo: The Scientists Who Discovered the Moon

Eleven scientists defined lunar science in the 360 years after the invention of the telescope and before humans arrived on the Moon.

Albert Einstein & James Clerk Maxwell

Famous Astronomers

"Lights All Askew:" How a Solar Eclipse Made Einstein Famous

Why are some scientists world-famous but not others? Narrative, even one as simple as "starlight bends," turns out to be a powerful tool for making sense of science. In 1905 Albert Einstein published four papers that transformed our understanding of light, atoms, space, time, and energy. The world took no…

Famous Astronomers

Annie Jump Cannon: Star Classifier

Astronomer Annie Jump Cannon (1863-1941) classified hundreds of thousands of stars and created the system we use to understand stars today.

Famous Astronomers

Arthur B. C. Walker II: X-ray Astrophysicist

African American physicist, Arthur B.C. Walker Jr. (1936-2001), helped develop solar telescopes to image the Sun’s corona.

Famous Astronomers

Vera Rubin: Dark Matter Detective

American astronomer Vera Rubin (1928 - ) measured how fast galaxies rotate, delivering decisive evidence for the existence of dark matter.

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