Margaret Burbidge (b. 1919) is a
British-American astrophysicist. She served as the Director of the Royal
Greenwich Observatory, and was also the first director of the Center for
Astronomy and Space Sciences at the University of California, San Diego.
She obtained her PhD
from University College, London, but was turned down for a Carnegie Fellowship
since it was reserved for men at the time, in 1945. She contributed to the B2HF
theory of stellar nucleosynthesis, which laid out the basis for much later research
in astrophysics. She became the first female president of the American
Astronomy Society in 1976, and fought to end gender discrimination in the
This incredibly clear view of lunar craters was captured by an astrophotographer!
At first sight I’d guess this image to be taken by a spacecraft. However,
Jordi Delpeix Borrell obtained this incredibly detailed view of our crater-studded Moon with a Celestron 14-inch
telescope,accompanied by Sky-Watcher NEQ6 Pro mount, and a ZWO ASI 120mm camera. Hundreds of exposures of the Moon’s
southern region, taken at Barcelona, Spain in November 2015, were stacked to achieve this striking clarity.
This is the winning image for Our Moon category of the Insight Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2016 competition, which is run by the Royal Observatory Greenwich. Borrell’s original image title was “From Maurolycus to Moretus”.