May 16 2016 Astronomy Newsletter
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The women of Harvard Observatory worked hard for their meager wages. And the director wanted data processed, not theoretical work. Yet some of them made significant discoveries. One of the least known, but considered by some professional astronomers to be the most able, was Antonia Maury.
On May 11, 1916 Einstein's General Theory of Relativity was published. It changed the way we understand the University, turning upside down old ideas of physics and cosmology.
On May 12, 1930, the Adler Planetarium opened in Chicago. It was the first planetarium in the western hemisphere.
On May 14 , 1973- Skylab was launched. It was the first American space station.
On May 14, 2009, the European Space Agency (ESA) launched both the Planck and Herschel space missions. Planck mapped the cosmic microwave background (CMB) with great precision. Herschel was the largest infrared telescope ever sent into space. You can read more about the Herschel Space Observatory here: http://www.bellaonline.com/articles/art66753.asp
On May 15, 1857 Williamina Fleming was born. She was one of the computers of Harvard College Observatory. Fleming discovered several hundred variable stars, supervised other computers, and prepared material for publication. She was a member of the Astronomical and Astrophysical Society of America and an honorary fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society in Britain. You can find out more here: http://www.bellaonline.com/articles/art302345.asp
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