[cas_announce] Caroline Herschel: an Astronomical Life | Sat Feb 8th 8pm @ CAS HQ

  • From: Craig Niemi <craig_niemi@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: Announce CAS_ <cas_announce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 30 Jan 2014 07:42:34 -0800 (PST)

Herschel: an Astronomical Life
Born in Hanover Germany in 1750, Caroline Herschel faced a
lifetime of hardship. 
Although her father was an accomplished musician and wanted
all his children to train in music, French and mathematics, her mother saw
Caroline’s role as servant to the family. Her future as an old maid was sealed
when an illness at age 10 partially disfigured her to where her family saw no 
of marriage.

At the age of 22 her favorite brother William took her to live with him in
England where she would be his housekeeper. Like his father, William was an
accomplished musician and trained Caroline as an opera singer. It was at this
time that she also began to share his passion for astronomy. In 1781 William 
the planet Uranus and he devoted his life to astronomy as the official Royal 

Caroline first served as her brother's apprentice and grew into an
astronomer of her own rights. Although she did not receive the early training
in mathematics as her siblings, she learned to do all the calculations needed
and helped developed the modern mathematical approach to astronomy. In 1783
Caroline discovered three new nebulae (hazy clouds where stars form) and would
go on to discover eight comets - the first by a woman. In later years, Caroline
catalogued every discovery she and William had made. Two of the astronomical
catalogues published by Caroline Herschel are in fact still used by amateur 
including those at the Cincinnati Astronomical Society. On her ninety sixth
birthday, Caroline Herschel was awarded the King of Prussia's Gold Medal of 
for her lifelong achievements.

Visit CAS on Saturday February 8th at 8:00 pm when Dr. Barbara Ryden of Ohio 
State University looks at the role of
women in the early days of “modern” astronomical exploration and how she
herself became interested in a fascinating STEM (science, technology,
engineering, mathematics) career. 

We’ll have tours of the 4 CAS observatories followed by telescope viewing of
Jupiter (presentation held cloudy or clear- telescope viewing is weather
permitting) though the society’s large telescopes. There will be astronomical
activities & displays for all ages. 

·                Saturday February 8th 
·                Program begins at 8:00pm
·                Viewing follows (weather permitting)
·                Open to all ages.
·                Free, Donation
·                No reservations required.
The Cincinnati Astronomical Society
5274 Zion Rd. Cleves, OH 45002   (near the Mitchell
Memorial Forest)
www.cinastro.org and
on Facebook

Invite your friends, family, teachers and colleagues!
Volunteers needed to welcome our guests, answer questions and run the scopes.
If you can help out drop me a note.   craig_niemi@xxxxxxxxx

The Greater Cincinnati STEM

Cincinnati State STEM Academy

She is an Astronomer
Women@ NASA
Cincinnati Museum Center 

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