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July 2007

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In This Issue:

1.) Publisher's Desk For July 2007
2.) Musings: Ten Years and Counting...
3.) Women Astronomers: Dorrit Hoffleit (1907-2007)
4.) Letters To The Editor: Will be updated next issue.
5.) Feature Article: Williamina Paton Fleming: From Housekeeper to Astronomer, by Debra L. Davis
6.) Ask Urania: Coming soon...
7.) Cosmic Campus: Pluto’s Demotion, by Shelby Cook
8.) Links
9.) Woman Astronomer Wanted

For easier clicking, read this issue online at: http://www.womanastronomer.com/newsletter0707.htm

What's New!
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Miss Leavitt‘s Stars: The Untold Story of the Woman Who Discovered How to Measure the Universe

By George Johnson, “an award-winning New York Times science writer.” This is a wonderful little book and is highly recommended to anyone wanting to learn more about women’s contributions to astronomy. Because of her work, Ejnar Hertzsprung was able to plot the distance of stars; Harlow Shapley measured the size of the Milky Way; and Edwin Hubble ascertained the age of the Universe


This book is available at Amazon.com. Support theWoman Astronomer by clicking through to Amazaon.com from our site: http://www.womanastronomer.com/amazon_com.htm


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1. Publisher's Desk
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Would you like to do some astronomy without years of schooling? You can assist astronomers by identifying and classifying galaxies online, a “project which harnesses the power of the internet - and your brain - to classify a million galaxies. By taking part, you'll not only be contributing to scientific research, but you'll view parts of the Universe that literally no-one has ever seen before and get a sense of the glorious diversity of galaxies that pepper the sky.”

To volunteer for this important research, go to: http://www.galaxyzoo.org/


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2. Musings
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Ten Years and Counting...

Ten years ago during the Astronomical Society's 50th Anniversary convention at Copper Mountain, Colorado, the print edition of theWoman Astronomer debuted. The memory of it is so vivid. Still with me is the gentle breeze whispering through aspen trees, the fresh mountain air, the colorful splash of wild flowers, and my feelings of excitement, anxiety, and of hope. I never imagined where theWoman Astronomer would be today.

Read the rest of my musing here: http://www.womanastronomer.com/FTEMusings.htm


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3. Women Astronomers
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Dorritt Hoffleit (1907-2007). In April 2007, astronomy lost one of its brightest stars with the passing of Dorrit Hoffleit. She was 100. I’ve provided links to a few web sites with this sad news, some from her friends and colleagues.

Read more about the life of this incredible woman here: http://www.womanastronomer.com/dhoffleit.htm

 

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4. Letters to the Editor
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I will be updating this page in the next issue...

Read previous Letters to the Editor here: http://www.womanastronomer.com/FTETotheEditor.htm


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5. Feature Article
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Williamina Paton Stevens Fleming: From Housekeeper to Astronomer

1857-1911

“While we cannot maintain that in everything woman is man’s equal, yet in many things her patience, perseverance and method make her his superior. Therefore, let us hope that in astronomy, which now affords a large field for women’s work and skill, she may, as has been the case in several other sciences, at least prove herself his equal.”

Not long after Fleming began working as housekeeper for Edward Charles Pickering, the director of Harvard College Observatory, he offered her a position at the observatory. There are two accounts of how this came about: “(1) in 1879 Pickering offered her a part-time position as a copyist and computer at the Observatory because he was ‘struck by her obviously superior education and intelligence,’ or, (2) a male assistant proved to be unsatisfactory and ‘in a huff Pickering is reported to have said...that he believed his housekeeper could do a better job.’” He was right on the last count. She did do a better job than his previous assistant.

Read the entire article here: http://www.womanastronomer.com/wfleming.htm


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6. Ask Urania
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Coming soon...

We receive many emails of an astronomical nature and reply to as many as we can. We’ll share those with you, and our replies, in upcoming issues.


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7. Cosmic Campus
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"The reason I am doing an astronomy story is because we got to choose what story we wanted to do and I am much more interested in astronomy than I am in biology."

Pluto’s Demotion

By Shelby Cook

"The solar system right now is exactly like it was 24 hours ago nothing's changed in that time period -- just the name by which we define each of these things." Although Pluto has many characteristics that make up a planet, it doesn’t meet all the requirements. Many people believe that Pluto’s demotion was for the best because it was causing so much conflict between scientists. Many people believe Pluto shouldn’t have been demoted because it was a planet for so long and because it was causing more commotion then it ever did before. I will be examining both sides of the argument by explaining how and why it was demoted, people’s opinion on the demotion, and the effects of Pluto’s demotion.

Read the entire story here: http://www.womanastronomer.com/pluto's_demotion.htm


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8. Links
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We’ve updated our Links page and added some new sites we hope you will find interesting.

Go here to find sites of women astronomers, reports about the status of women in astronomy, and organizations and businesses: http://www.womanastronomer.com/links.htm

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9. Woman Astronomer Wanted
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The following positions are listed as a public service and were obtained from the e-newsletter of the American Astronomical Society's division of the Committee on the Status of Women in Astronomy (CSWA).

+Tenure Track Faculty in Space Physics, University of Alaska Fairbanks

See the entire list with details here:
http://www.womanastronomer.com/wawanted.htm

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