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March 25 2014 Astronomy Newsletter

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Miss Leavitt's Stars – book review
In the early 20th century an astronomer made a revolutionary discovery. Yet her life left almost no footprints on history. "Miss Leavitt's Stars" contrasts the solidity of her professional accomplishment with the butterfly touch of her life. Miss Leavitt isn't even the star of her own biography.

*Titan discovered*
It was 359 years ago today that Dutch astronomer Christiaan Huygens discovered Saturn's moon Titan. Find out more about Titan: There is also a thread on the Astronomy forum about Titan:

*Discovery of asteroids*
The first asteroid was discovered by Sicilian Giuseppe Piazzi in 1801 and he named in Ceres. The following year two more asteroids were discovered, this time by German astronomer Heinrich Olbers. He found Pallas on March 28, 1802 and Vesta the next night. You can find out more about the discovery of Ceres at NASA's Dawn mission arrived at Vesta in July 2011 and was there for over a year. It's now on its way to Ceres, where it's due in February 2015.

*Mothering Sunday, U.K.*
Mothering Sunday was traditionally celebrated in Britain on the fourth Sunday in Lent. Apparently it referred at one time to worshipping at the mother church, so servants might get a day off to attend with their families if they lived in another town. But although the date remains, the celebration has pretty well come into line with the USA's Mother's Day. Your mother might enjoy “Mother's Day – An Astronomy Bouquet”

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