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Making Astronomy a Fairer and More Equitable Field

June 16, 2022

Efforts have been made by astronomers to remove gender-based barriers for today and tomorrow’s scientists. Margaret Burbidge led the way, and Decadal Surveys now include topics for how to support the astronomy community. […]

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Margaret Burbidge: Breaking Barriers in Astrophysics

June 12, 2022

Margaret Burbidge’s enthusiasm for astronomy led her to applying for a postdoctoral research position at Mount Wilson. However, she was turned down as women were barred from staying on the mountain and working as lead observers. […]

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The Ultimate Death of the Universe

June 7, 2022

Predicting how the universe will end comes down to three different scenarios. First, a heat death, second, a big rip in the universe, and third, a reversal in the universe’s expansion until it collapses on itself. […]

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Alan Guth and the Cosmic Inflation Theory

June 6, 2022

Studying cosmic microwave background helps us understand what happened in the universe around 300,000 years after the Big Bang. To understand what happened in the first seconds, we need more. […]

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How Can We Answer Big Astronomical Questions?

June 6, 2022

Some questions that are asked in astronomy seem profound and absurd at the same time. Questions that deal with such topics include the how and why of the beginning and end of the universe. […]

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