Astronomy Of The Day

Cupertino, California (PRWEB) Might 19, 2014

The Human Art Spirit Exhibit concluded at Life Force Arts on May 12 2014 right after a profitable run inspiring a lot of artists and men and women alike. The accomplishment of the show lies in the fact that the participating artists told the untold stories of human tenacity, endurance and superior achievement in the face of constant hardships.

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The story of Cecilia Payne is a very good example. She is now regarded founder of modern astronomy, but the time she was not even awarded the Bachelor’s degree at Oxford university.&#13

Even so she did win a scholarship to Harvard enabling her to travel to US leaving her residence country behind exactly where he only alternatives were to turn into a teacher or a receptionist.

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At Harvard she got access to latest equipment and freedom to do anything. “In the starting it was superb and I was studying and operating on Astronomy for days and nights with out a wink of sleep” she writes in her autobiography. But soon she realized she had to sleep and fell into a pattern. It was throughout her Doctorate work that she found Sun and Stars are produced of 90% Hydrogen and Helium. At the time it was believed the chemical composition of sun was equivalent to earth, and if earth was torched, it would radiate like Sun.

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Little did people know that the cause for Sun’s energy was the fission reaction exactly where Hydrogen atoms fused into Helium atoms. This was the Sun’s fuel and the reason for our life. As stars run out of fuel, the hydrogen and Helium atoms are further fused to create other heavier components such as Carbon, Oxygen, Nitrogen, Sulpher and so forth of which all of life is created of.

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Not only she found the Sun’s composition, her method of analyzing and arriving at these final results are employed even today in astronomy. Neil Degrass Tyson pays tribute to her in the new Cosmos series “Sisters of the Sun”. Her thesis was “Stellar Atmospheres, A Contribution to the Observational Study of Higher Temperature in the Reversing Layers of Stars”.[three] Astronomers Otto Struve and Velta Zebergs referred to as it “undoubtedly the most brilliant Ph.D. thesis ever written in astronomy”. (ref)

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Right after she completed her Phd, she performed all the duties of a professor, conducting courses, top students, but she was constantly known as Pickering’s assistant. It took 26 years for her to become a complete professor (the very first lady so recognized at Harvard) and chair of the Astronomy Department and an additional 20 when her fellow astronomers lastly appreciated her genius. In 1976, the American Astronomical Society awarded her the prestigious Henry Norris Russell Prize.

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Through her hard function and passion, she paved a path for all the future astronomers by advancing human information and created it feasible for women to hold posts in academia . This is why she exemplifies what is excellent and excellent in the “Human Spirit”.

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It is then not a surprise that her story now inspires a lot of artists , poets and visitors at Life Force Arts.

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