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Caroline Herschel (1750 to 1848) from NASA StarChild
  • She was the first woman to discover a comet in 1786
  • She lived 98 years
  • She was the first woman to earn a living through science
  • Her Brother William discovered the planet Uranus in 1781

266th Birthday Google Doodle (March 16, 2016)

Caroline Herschel: Agency and Self-Presentation
  • A written resource that details the Herschel’s discoveries in greater detail.
    • The text actually uses many quotes from Caroline herself to give the students a sense of her own personality and language

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Caroline & William Herschel, Image from Science Source

See the poem Planetarium by Adrienne Rich for a perspective on Herschel as a woman in science

primary_sources.PNGCaroline Herschel Biography from 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica

Emily Winterburn Discusses Caroline Herschel's account of a New Comet, YouTube

The Story of Caroline Herschel by Sevval Sengul, YouTube

podcast icon.pngShining Star of Astronomy

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Planetarium: An Interactive Sky Map
  • On this website, students can interact with the sky to find constellations.
    • Rolling over certain pricks of light and the website names stars for you.
    • Turn the sky and flick the constellations on and off in order to test knowledge and see if you can find constellations in a blank night sky

NGC 205, Discovered by Caroline Herschel
NGC 205, Discovered by Caroline Herschel

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Lesson Plan: Herschel's Infrared Experiment
  • This website has a detailed description of a lab experiment students could do just like Herschel did years ago to discover the existence of radiation beyond the spectrum of visible light.
    • This experiment would be a hands on learning experience that would produce a rainbow image