In her childhood, Rubin’s father helped her make her first telescope and supported her habit of watching meteor showers. Using a cardboard tube, she made her own kaleidoscope. Out of her bedroom window, Vera would be fascinated by what she saw in the sky.

Vera Rubin: The Astronomer Who Discovered Dark Matter

In the 60s, women were not meant to be scientists but homemakers. Vera Rubin got married at age 19 to a physicist, Robert Rubin. They moved  from upstate New York to Philadelphia. Rubin had given up a place in Harvard to start a family as a wife and mother to eventually four children. In her…