Who is Maria Mitchell?

  • (noun): United States astronomer who studied sunspots and nebulae (1818-1889).
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Maria Mitchell

Maria Mitchell (August 1, 1818 – June 28, 1889) was an American astronomer, who in 1847, by using a telescope, discovered a comet which as a result became known as the "Miss Mitchell's Comet". She won a gold medal prize for her discovery which was presented to her by King Frederick VII of Denmark. The medal said “Not in vain do we watch the setting and rising of the stars”. Mitchell was the first American woman to work as a professional astronomer.

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Maria Mitchell - Legacy
... The Maria Mitchell Observatory in Nantucket is named in her honor ... The Observatory is part of the Maria Mitchell Association in Nantucket, which aims to preserve the sciences on the island ... It operates a Natural History Museum, Maria Mitchell's Home Museum, and the Science Library as well as the Observatory ...

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