Sweeping the Skies, More Than 200 Years Ago
Caroline Herschel was born 265 years ago this week, on March 16, 1750. Working alongside her brother Sir William Herschel, she made valuable contributions to astronomy, including observing and cataloging nebulae and discovering several comets. In 1787, King George III of England paid her a small salary as William’s assistant, leading some to call her the first paid female astronomer. Dean Regas of the Cincinnati Observatory describes her scientific legacy in this week’s One Last Thing.
Dean Regas is outreach astronomer at the Cincinnati Observatory and co-host of the PBS program Star Gazers in Cincinnati, Ohio.