Women in Astronomy


Maria MitchellTo celebrate Women’s History month I’d like to share a little about my favorite historical woman in astronomy,  Maria Mitchell.  Maria (pronounced with a long i) was born in 1818 and grew up on the island of Nantucket. There she studied the stars with her father. As a young girl, Maria learned to navigate by the stars and was able to fine tune marine chronometers.

In 1947 she became famous as a ‘comet sweeper’, discovering what came to be known as ‘Miss Mitchell’s Comet’ for which she was awarded a gold medal from the king of Denmark.

Maria said “In my younger days when I was pained by half educated, loose, and inaccurate ways which we all had, I used to say, ‘How much women need exact science.’ But since I have known some workers in science who were not always true to the teachings of nature, who have loved self more than science, I have said, ‘How much science needs women!”

She truly was a women before her time!

Maria went on to be a champion for women, protested against slavery and co-founded the American Association for the Advancement of Women.  Please visit www.mariamitchell.org to learn more about this amazing woman!


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People have asked us for resources to find out what objects are visible in the night sky at their location. Since everyone has different levels of experience and time, here are a variety of sites to start with:

One-Minute Astronomer

Easy to read monthly highlights.

Tonight’s Sky
Site allows you to enter your location and the types of objects you’d like to see.

Sky and Telescope’s This Week's Sky at a Glance
Detailed highlights.

Astronomy Magazine’s The Sky This Week
Highlights different objects every night.

Specific to each night with lots of other info.

Check them all out, and if you have a favorite, send us the link and share it with your fellow Astro Babes!

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