16
Mar

10 Things you didn't know about Caroline Herschel

  1. Herschel Caroline pic/wikipedia

    Herschel Caroline pic/wikipedia

    Caroline was born in Hanover on 16 March 1750

  2. She was the 8th Child and fourth daughter of Isaac Herschel who was a Jewish oboist 
  3. She discovered several comets (A comet is an icy small Solar System body that, when passing close to the Sun, heats up and begins to outgas, displaying a visible atmosphere or coma, and sometimes also a tail. These phenomena are due to the effects of solar radiation and the solar wind upon the nucleus of the comet.)
  4. She was awarded a gold medal from the Astronomical Society of London and from  King of Prussia.
  5. The asteroid (discovered 1888) was named after Caroline’s second given name,

    wiki - A three-dimensional model of 281 Lucretia based on its light curve.

    wiki – A three-dimensional model of 281 Lucretia based on its light curve.

  6. Google published a Google Doodle on her 266th birthday
  7. Throughout her writings, she repeatedly makes it clear that she desires to earn an independent wage and be able to support herself.
  8. She died at the age 97 when back then average life was 55.
  9. She was a trained singer, before dwelling into Astronomy
  10. She had once said “One of the greatest gifts my brother and I received from my mother was her love of literature and language. With their boundless energy, libraries open the door to these worlds and so many others. I urge young and old alike to embrace all that libraries have to offer.”
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