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Today’s Google Doodle: Comet-Hunter Caroline Herschel

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Today’s Google Doodle: Comet-Hunter Caroline Herschel

Today’s Google Doodle: Comet-Hunter Caroline Herschel

Wednesday’s Google Doodle (in some parts of the world) celebrates Caroline Herschel, an astronomer who cataloged the heavens, discovered eight comets, and was the first female astronomer on the English king’s payroll.

This famed astronomer actually started her career as a singer. She grew up in a musical family in Germany, as the eighth of ten children, until her older brother William called her away to Bath, England, in 1772. There, William played music and Caroline sang for royals who visited Bath’s hot springs on vacation.

While in England, William and Caroline became interested in astronomy. William earned fame by identifying a new planet—and caught King George III’s attention by saying that he would name it after him. (Astronomers who thought that all planets should be named after ancient gods put up a fight, and we now know the Georgian planet by the Greek name “Uranus.”)

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