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03/08/2019 – Ephemeris – International Women’s Day

8 Mar 2019, 05:01 UTC
03/08/2019 – Ephemeris – International Women’s Day
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Ephemeris for International Women’s Day, Friday, March 8th. Today the Sun will be up for 11 hours and 31 minutes, setting at 6:39, and it will rise tomorrow at 7:06. The Moon, 2 days past new, will set at 8:43 this evening.
On this International Women’s Day let’s take a look in my favorite fields of astronomy and space. There’s Hypatia of Alexandria who was murdered by an ignorant mob in 415 AD, Caroline Herschel sister to William Herschel and among other things discovered 8 comets, Maria Mitchell, whose comet discovery rocketed her to fame in the United States in the 1800s, Annie Jump Cannon, who classified stars, Henrietta Leavitt who found how to find distances to far away galaxies, and Vera Rubin who helped discover dark matter. In space there’s Sally Ride, Mae Jamison, and Peggy Whitson, who holds the American space flight time, and EVA time records regardless of gender. And that’s just scratching the surface.
The times given are for the Traverse City/Interlochen area of Michigan. They may be different for your location.
Ten female astronomers everyone should know: https://www.mnn.com/leaderboard/stories/10-female-astronomers-everyone-should-know.
My favorite astronomer on Twitter is astrophysicist Dr. Katherine J Mack @AstroKatie.

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