As the world mourned the Death of “Princess Leia”, someone else’s death got overlooked. Vera Rubin, known as the “Mother of Dark Matter” is the one who “opened doors for astronomy” has died. She was the one to discover dark matter and at 88 she died on Christmas Day. She had gotten her Phd at Jesuit school Georgetown and later taught there for a decade.
“Rubin died on Sunday at an assisted living facility in Princeton, New Jersey, and had suffered from dementia for several years, Allan Rubin, a geosciences professor at Princeton University, said in an email. Rubin, a Philadelphia native, used galaxies’ rotations to discover the first direct evidence of dark matter in the 1970s while working at the Carnegie Institution in Washington.” (http://www.mirror.co.uk/science/vera-rubin-dead-astronomer-who-9520881)
“An ardent feminist who spent her lifetime advocating for other women in the sciences, Rubin was the first woman allowed to observe at the Palomar Observatory. She was born 1928 in Washington, and she earned her Ph.D. from Georgetown University, where she then taught for 10 years. In 1993, she earned the nation’s highest scientific award, the National Medal of Science. In 1996, she became the first woman to receive the Royal Astronomical Society’s Gold Medal since Caroline Hershel, who was awarded the prize in 1828, according to the Carnegie Institution.” (http://patch.com/new-jersey/princeton/vera-rubin-mother-dark-matter-has-died)
“Her work helped usher in a Copernican-scale change in cosmic consciousness, namely the realization that what astronomers always saw and thought was the universe is just the visible tip of a lumbering iceberg of mystery. Scientists now know we are not the center of the universe, nor are we even made of the same stuff as most of creation. Cosmologists have now concluded that there is five or 10 times as much dark matter in the universe as there is ordinary atomic matter — the stuff of stars, planets and people. “We know very little about the universe,” Dr. Rubin said in an interview for “Lonely Hearts of the Cosmos: The Story of the Scientific Quest for the Secret of the Universe.” “I personally don’t believe it’s uniform and the same everywhere. That’s like saying the earth is flat.” (http://mobile.nytimes.com/2016/12/27/science/vera-rubin-astronomist-who-made-the-case-for-dark-matter-dies-at-88.html?referer=http://www.google.com/)
She discovered dark matter was made up in the milky way where Ophiuchus the Restrainer sets. She was called a giant in the world of astronomy and evidently thought the universe was beyond our imagination and that the earth isn’t flat. Need I say more?
You can read her bio here: http://science.sciencemag.org/content/295/5557/960.full
What is dark matter?
German super computer was built to track dark matter. “Supercomputer builds profile to hone in on dark matter particles. Scientists have long puzzled over what dark matter, thought to account for 85 percent of the mass of the universe, is made of. With the help of a German supercomputer, they might just be a little closer to finding out.”