A wonderful, wide-ranging interview with trailblazing astronomer Vera Rubin, who confirmed the existence of dark matter and who turns 88 today. In 1965, Rubin broke the glass ceiling in astronomy by becoming the first woman permitted to observe at the prestigious Palomar Observatory, home to the most powerful telescopes at the time.

Also see her abiding wisdom on obsessiveness and minimizing obstacles

The majestic Lagoon Nebula is filled with hot gas and homes many young stars. Spanning 100 light years across while lying only about 5000 light years distant, the Lagoon Nebula is so big and bright that it can be seen without a telescope toward the constellation of the Archer (Sagittarius). Many bright stars are visible from NGC 6530, an open cluster that formed in the nebula only several million years ago. The greater nebula, also known as M8 and NGC 6523, is named “Lagoon” for the band of dust seen to the right of the open cluster’s center. The featured image was taken in the light emitted by Hydrogen (shown in brown), Sulfur (red), and Oxygen (blue) and displayed in enhanced color. The featured picture is a newly processed panorama of M8, capturing twice the diameter of the Full Moon. Star formation continues in the Lagoon Nebula as witnessed by the many globules that exist there.

Object Names: Lagoon Nebula, M8, NGC 6523

Image Type: Astronomical

Credit: John Nemick

Time And Space

Imagine that as his punishment, Loki was banished to Midgard. His only way to get back to Asgard is if he can find true love, but he has only 3 months.
He goes around, seducing girls into sleeping with him but he doesn’t understand that he has to learn to love too. When he finally realizes that, he visits a library because that’s where good girls are. He meets you there- a shy and modest girl, who is trying to find books about astronomy because you’re interested in the universe. It’s a love at first sight for him, but you have to fall in love with him too and he has less than a month to make it happen or he will be stuck on Midgard forever.