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Henrietta Leavitt, Pioneering Woman Astronomer

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Baker & Taylor
An illustrated portrait of astronomer Henrietta Swan Leavitt traces the years she spent measuring stars from her position at the Harvard College Observatory and her important discoveries that enabled the scientific community to gain a fuller understanding of the universe's vast size.

Baker
& Taylor

A sumptuously illustrated portrait of lesser-known 19th-century astronomer Henrietta Swan Leavitt traces the years she spent measuring stars from her position at the Harvard College Observatory and her important discoveries that enabled the scientific community to gain a fuller understanding of the universe's vast size.

Simon and Schuster
Henrietta Levitt was the first person to discover the scientific importance of a star’s brightness—so why has no one heard of her? Learn all about a female pioneer of astronomy in this picture book biography.

Henrietta Swan Leavitt was born on July 4, 1868, and she changed the course of astronomy when she was just twenty-five years old. Henrietta spent years measuring star positions and sizes from photographs taken by the telescope at the Harvard College Observatory, where she worked. After Henrietta observed that certain stars had a fixed pattern to their changes, her discovery made it possible for astronomers to measure greater and greater distances—leading to our present understanding of the vast size of the universe.

An astronomer of her time called Henrietta Leavitt “one of the most important women ever to touch astronomy,” and another close associate said she had the “best mind at the Harvard Observatory.” Henrietta Leaveitt's story will inspire young women and aspiring scientists of all kinds and includes additional information about the solar system and astronomy.

Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, c2013
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9781416958192
1416958193
Characteristics: 1 v. (unpaged) : col. ill. ; 29 cm
Additional Contributors: Colón, Raúl - Illustrator

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KariGrace
Nov 07, 2014

The author truly has a sense of what this woman's life was like and they convey that with compassion and history and beautiful pictures. I would recommend this book especially for kids ages 0 to 7.

KRockstar10 Aug 14, 2013

A decent youth biography about a female scientist who made some big discoveries.

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