Tuesday, March 16, 2010

On March 16

On this day in ...
... 1750 (260 years ago today), Caroline Herschel (right) was born in Hanover, Germany. After her father's death at age 19, she joined a brother, who'd moved to England to pursue a music career. She began to perform as a vocalist. But then the 2 became interested in and began to devote themselves to astronomy. As part of her study of comets, she discovered the comet 35P/Herschel-Rigollet, named after her. More than a century after her death in 1848, Herschel was honored in Planetarium, a poem by Adrienne Rich, which includes these lines:

in her 98 years to discover
8 comets
she whom the moon ruled
like us

(Prior March 16 posts are here, here, and here)

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