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caroline lucrietia herschel nate huber 6 th period

Caroline Lucrietia Herschel Nate Huber 6th period

Caroline Herschel was born in 1750 on March 16thin Hanover, Germany. Caroline was one of 10 children in the Herschel family. Caroline was the youngest child of them all. Her father Isaac taught her a little bit of the basic knowledge English, Mathematics, and, above all, Astronomy.


At her home she was slaved labored. Or in other words she was the house hold servant. Her brother William fled to England in 1758. She went to live with William in 1772.

  • In England William helped Caroline learn how to sing and on top of her fathers teaching William gave her more knowledge on English, Mathematics, and, especially Astronomy.


On August 1, 1786 Caroline found her first comet. Between 1788 and 1797, in addition to helping William, she found seven more comets, as well a other heavenly objects such as star clusters.

  • Caroline's most important works were the index to the Catalogue of 860 stars observed by Flamsteed but not included in British Catalogue, published by the royal society in 1798.
  • After Williams death in 1822 Caroline moved back to Germany and became the family servant again, but she did continue Williams work, and assembled a catalogue of 2,500 nebulae and star clusters that William and Caroline had observed. In 1825 she sent the finished catalogue to Williams son, John, who had also become a famous astronomer.

When the Royal Astronomical Society in 1828, the group awarded Caroline a gold medal, calling the book “the completion of a series of exertions probably unparalleled either in magnitude or importance, in the annals of astronomical labor.”

  • The society made Caroline an honorary member in 1835.
  • In 1846 on her 96th birthday the king of Prussia awarded Caroline another gold medal.
  • Caroline died on January 9, 1848, never guessing that she would later be called “the most famous and admired woman astronomer in history.”