March 11 2014 Astronomy Newsletter
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Titan - Planet-sized Moon of Saturn
Titan was a mystery for three and a half centuries. It's a giant moon shrouded in impenetrable clouds, and has only recently begun to share its secrets. Why do scientists say it's like Earth? Is it time to book a vacation to visit the lakes and mountains of Titan?
On March 6, 2014 Cassini made its 100th fly-by of Titan. It has instruments which are able to probe the moon's smog, including radar for mapping Titan.
*Anniversary of the discovery of Uranus*
William Herschel was the first person to discover a new planet. On March 13, 1781 he discovered the planet now known as Uranus from the back garden of his home in Bath, England. The house is now the Herschel Museum of Astronomy. It's a lovely little museum - you can read about it here: http://www.bellaonline.com/articles/art48626.asp
*Happy Birthday, Caroline Herschel*
Caroline Herschel, William's younger sister, was born on March 16, 1750 in Hanover, in what is now northern Germany. She was the first woman to be credited with the discovery of a comet, and discovered eight of them during her lifetime. The first woman to be paid as an astronomer, she was also the winner of the Gold Medal of the Royal Astronomical Society in Britain and an honorary fellow of that body.
You can read more about Caroline Herschel's rise from domestic drudge to distinguished astronomer at: http://www.bellaonline.com/articles/art32051.asp and the family partnership in http://www.bellaonline.com/articles/art181247.asp.
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