Happy Birthday Caroline Herschel!

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Caroline Lucretia Herschel, the first professional (i.e. paid!) female astronomer, was born today in 1750. I wrote the poster below about her life for the Space Day & Moonwatch event we had here in Nottingham last October. Being an astronomer might not have been her first choice of career, but she certainly made the most of it!

8 Comments on “Happy Birthday Caroline Herschel!”

  1. Niall says:

    Are there any pictures of certain female astronomers dressed a Caroline Herschel that could be used to illustrate this article?

  2. […] one of the greatest astronomer families of all time. However Emma, at the always fascinating “We are all in the gutter”, has already posted a lovely poster dedicated to the little lady so go visit and find out about the […]

  3. Thony C. says:

    The telescope is one of William Herschel’s, which means that its a Newton. Do I get an extra point for that? 😉

  4. Blogs says:

    The Giant’s Shoulders #21—History of Science Blog Carnival…

    This latest edition of The Giant’s Shoulders celebrates the birthday of Caroline Herschel who was born on 16 March 1750. In the early 1770s she moved to Bath to join her brother William. Initially she helped him teaching and performing music. On …

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