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Female Scientists Find Their Shine in GE's Grand Central Station Light Show

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"Unseen Stars" is part of the company's campaign to close the gender cap in STEM by 2020. 

There's a new reason to go to Grand Central Station. Yes, the place you power through to escape the city on train has another attraction--albeit one that's only around for a limited time. Until tomorrow, Grand Central Terminal's beautiful, constellation-strewn ceiling has been revamped to highlight 12 prominent female scientists.

Called "Unseen Stars," the light installation is projecting faces of groundbreaking female scientists onto the familiar blue zodiac mural. It's all part of GE's remarkable campaign to hire 20,000 more women at the company and close the gender gap in STEM by 2020 (STEM stands for science, technology, engineering and math programs).

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Some of the women highlighted in the projection include geochemist Laurie Leshin, Ph.D, who investigates the possibilities of life on Mars; physicist Sabrina Gonzalez Pasterski, whose work focuses on quantum gravity; and marine ecologist Jess Melbourne-Thomas, Ph.D, a true bad ass who led an all-female trip to Antarctica to address climate change.

The installation runs tonight and tomorrow from 7 AM through midnight. Here's how "Unseen Stars" looked last night.

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