Archive | August 1, 2013

The First Woman Of Astronomy


Caroline Herschel – German-British Astronomer
16 March 1750 – 9 January 1848

Caroline Herschel

227 years ago, on Aug. 1, 1786, Caroline Lucretia Herschel became the first woman to discover a comet. She discovered 8 comets in total, the first being on August 1st, 1786.

Today took time to recognize this remarkable woman and her contributions to Astronomy.

Caroline frequently used a small Newtonian sweeper to study the sky. On Feb. 26, 1783, she discovered an open cluster known today as NGC 2360. She went on to discover 14 new nebulae, including NGC 205, the companion to the Andromeda Galaxy.

Caroline made significant contributions to the field of astronomy. She was also the first woman officially recognized in a scientific position, and the first woman to receive honorary membership into Britain’s prestigious Royal Society.

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