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May 25 2019 Astronomy Newsletter

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Jupiter the Giant Planet
Almost everything about Jupiter is a superlative. The Solar System's biggest planet also has the most moons, and its magnetic influence extends well over a million miles into space. It's appropriately named for the mighty king of the classical Roman gods.

*Astro women - May birthdays*

1. Cecilia Payne-Gaposchkin – born May 10, 1900 in Wendover, England
How does the composition of a star affect the temperature? In 1925 a young woman solved this puzzle in her doctoral thesis. Her analysis was a great breakthrough in astrophysics. Otto Struve described it as “the most brilliant Ph.D. thesis ever written in astronomy.”

2. Williamina Fleming - born May 15, 1857 in Dundee, Scotland
Through the vision and dedication of Edward Pickering, Harvard College had one of the world's top observatories. Pickering had a secret weapon: a team of women computers. One of them was Mina Fleming who began her employment as a housekeeper and ended it as an astronomer of international repute.

3. Sally Kristen Ride - born May 26, 1951 in Encino, California
Sally Ride - astronaut, physicist, engineer and educator - was the first American woman in space, her first flight almost twenty years to the day after cosmonaut Valentina Tereshkova became the first woman in space.

4. Helen Sharman – born May 30, 1963 in Sheffield, England
Chosen to train as an astronaut, Sharman was the first Briton in space and the first woman to visit the Mir space station. On board Mir she carried out a series of experiments. Since then she's continued her work as a scientist as well as doing science outreach work.

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