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July 22 - Friedrich Wilhelm Bessel

Today is the anniversary of the birth, in 1784 of Friedrich Wilhelm Bessel, the German astronomer who was the first to use parallax to find the distance to a star.  135 more words


Astronomers and Astronauts

To quote a cult classic film and a personal favorite:

“There’s two kinds of people in this world when you boil it all down. You got your talkers and you got your doers. 429 more words

July 18 - John Glenn

Happy birthday John Herschel Glenn, Jr, liver of quite a full life, born this day of Scottish descent (I believe he also has relatives in Sheffield), 1921 in Cambridge, Ohio.   324 more words


July 15 - Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell

Today is the birthday of Professor Dame Susan Jocelyn Bell Burnell DBE, born July 15th 1943 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Dame Jocelyn was the the discoverer of the first four pulsars, and, rather disgracefully, a non-recipient of the Nobel Prize for her efforts, which has annoyed a great many people, although Bell herself has been very forgiving, as one would expect from a good Quaker girl. 8 more words



1.2 million galaxies mapped out

That’s a lot of suns both alive and dead

It’s made me feel completely overwhelmed

As possibilities scream through my head… 83 more words


She Sees Him There

“This is a composite photo, assembled from separate images of Jupiter and comet Shoemaker-Levy 9, as imaged by the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope in 1994.Comet Shoemaker-Levy 9 was discovered by astronomers Carolyn and Eugene M. 217 more words


Step aside, Tatooine, astronomers have discovered a planet with three suns — TechCrunch

Move over, Tatooine, astronomers have discovered a planet with not one, not two, but three suns. Known as HD 131399Ab, the newly discovered planet is located 320 light-years from Earth in the constellation of Centaurus.

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