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Her Eyes on the Stars: Maria Mitchell, Astronomer

Maria Mitchell’s curiosity about the night sky led her to spend hours studying the stars. She discovered a comet as a young woman, winning an award from the King of Denmark for being the first person to discover a new comet using a telescope. Now famous as "the lady astronomer," Maria went on to become a professional astronomer, an unheard of achievement for a woman in the 19th century.

Maria became the first woman to get any kind of government job when she was hired by the United States Naval Observatory. Then as the first woman astronomy professor in the world, Maria used her position at Vassar College to teach young women to set their sights on the sky, training new generations of female astronomers. Best-selling author Laurie Wallmark introduces young readers to a trailblazer for women in science, whose story inspires all of us to reach for the stars.

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"The annular eclipse that Maria regrets missing in 1831 at age 12 forms one bookend, deftly recalled near the end, when, missing another in 1885, she observes not a ring of fire but 'another powerful ring — a ring of women': her diligent students.... Will guarantee this trailblazing scientist her place among the stars." — Kirkus Reviews

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Recommended Age 5 - 9
Author Laurie Wallmark
Illustrator Liz Wong
ISBN 1954354134
Publication Date May 2, 2023
Publisher Creston Books
Language English