Today's Google Doodle Is Late Nobel Peace Prize Winner Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar, on What Would Be His 107th Birthday

Google Doodle 2017
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Today's (Oct. 19) Google Doodle honors Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar, the late Nobel Peace Prize winner who founded the Chandrasekhar Limit -- which determines the maximum and threshold mass of a stable white dwarf star -- on what would be his 107th birthday. 

The Chandrasekhar Limit, according to a PBS report, "is the difference between dying in a blaze of glory and going out in a slow fade to black. For our universe, this line means much more: Only by exceeding it can stars sow the seeds of life throughout the cosmos."

In the Google Doodle, a cartoon Chandrasekhar is seen plucking a star out of the sky, which is also acting as the first 'O' in Google, and placing it on a balance scale with a mass worth '1.44' -- referring to the equation for the Chandrasekhar Limit (1.4x the mass of the sun).

Chandrasekhar won the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1930. He was a child prodigy -- born in India and emigrated to the United States in 1937. You can learn more about him here.