Daughters of the Stars

Female astronomers at the Harvard College Observatory.

  Galileo Galilei, Nicolaus Copernicus, Johannes Kepler, William Herschel, and Edwin Hubble.  Perhaps these names sound familiar, and for good reason. Each made profound advancements in astronomy.  Copernicus first proposed that the solar system was heliocentric rather than geocentric.  Galileo fiercely defended the Copernican model, is credited with creating the …

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Origins: The Hubble Space Telescope


Since the 1920s, astronomers have struggled to deal with the very thing that keeps humanity alive: the atmosphere.  Although it provides a relatively stable and hospitable climate on Earth, it also makes studying the cosmos from Earth challenging.  The atmosphere absorbs ultraviolet light, x-rays, and gamma rays, an important attribute …

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The Official Beginning of Winter


The solstice is upon us, and for readers in the Northern Hemisphere, this means winter is coming. If only it felt like it. If you’re currently on the east coast of the United States, then you’re probably all too familiar with the Seattle-like weather pattern sweeping the north-eastern seaboard; that …

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History Flies Across the Sky as Kosmos-1315 Reenters the Atmosphere


On August 30th at 11:00pm Hawaiian time, the Kosmos 1315 satellite reentered the Earth’s atmosphere over the islands of Hawaii. The satellite’s reentry reflects the historic race to space between the Soviet Union and the United States during the Cold War. On October 13th, 1981, the USSR launched Kosmos 1315 …

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