Caroline's Comets

Caroline's Comets

A True Story

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Caroline Herschel (1750 1848) was not only one of the greatest astronomers who ever lived but also the first woman to be paid for her scientific work. Born the youngest daughter of a poor family in Hanover, Germany, she was scarred from smallpox, stunted from typhus, and used by her parents as a scullery maid. But when her favorite brother, William, left for England, he took her with him. The siblings shared a passion for stars, and together they built the greatest telescope of their age, working tirelessly on star charts. Using their telescope, Caroline discovered fourteen nebulae and two galaxies, was the first woman to discover a comet, and became the first woman officially employed as a scientist by no less than the King of England! The information from the Herschels' star catalogs is still used by space agencies today.
In 1786, Caroline Herschel was the first woman to discover a comet, She was also the first woman to be paid as a scientist, even though her mother didn't want Caroline educated! In this nonfiction picture book, McCully tells the story of Caroline and her brother, William Herschel, and how their observations and calculations helped make astronomy a modern science.
Publisher: New York :, Holiday House,, [2017]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9780823436644
0823436640
Characteristics: 31 pages : color illustrations ; 29 cm

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