Vera (Cooper) Rubin is an astronomer who has done pioneering work on galaxy rotation rates. Her discovery of what is known as "flat rotation curves" is the most direct and robust evidence of dark matter.
San Saba, TEXAS This year marks the 400th anniversary of the birth of telescopic astronomy, so the International Astronomical Union and UNICESCO have designated 2009 the International Year of Astronomy to foster a global appreciation of the role and value of science and astronomy as a unifying activity for humanity.
Shreveport, LOUISIANA The Shreveport-Bossier Astronomical Society, Inc. will sponsor a free public star party Saturday from 8-10 p.m. at the Ralph A. Worley Observatory eight miles south of the LSU-Shreveport campus.
Munich, GERMANY The second of three images of ESO's GigaGalaxy Zoom project has just been released. It is a new and wonderful 340-million-pixel vista of the central parts of our home galaxy as seen from ESO's Paranal Observatory with an amateur telescope.