Astronomers

Scientists who study the universe beyond Earth, from the planets and moons of the solar system to the birth and fate of the universe.

Resources

Radio Programs

Lyman Spitzer II A bold idea for exploring the universe Thursday, June 26, 2014
Lyman Spitzer Probing matter between the stars Wednesday, June 25, 2014
Messier 3 Tracking down false comets Wednesday, May 28, 2014
McDonald at 75, IV Probing the mysteries of the stars Thursday, May 8, 2014
McDonald at 75, III Collaboration in the name of science Wednesday, May 7, 2014
Yakov Zel’dovich From exploding bombs to exploding stars Saturday, March 8, 2014
Annie Jump Cannon II Classifying the stars Wednesday, December 11, 2013
Annie Jump Cannon A rare astronomical opportunity Tuesday, December 10, 2013
Pickering’s Harem Pioneering at 25 cents an hour Monday, December 9, 2013
William Herschel III Dangerous nights at the telescope Saturday, November 16, 2013
William Herschel II Making up for lost time Friday, November 15, 2013
William Herschel A musical intro for a noted astronomer Thursday, November 14, 2013
A New Start An observatory gets a new start Tuesday, September 3, 2013
Bernard Lovell Pioneering a new way to see the universe Thursday, August 29, 2013
Delphinus Sneaking into astronomical history Monday, July 8, 2013
Maximilian Wolf Snapping pictures of the night sky Saturday, June 22, 2013
Nicolas Louis de Lacaille Mapping southern skies Wednesday, May 15, 2013
File Cabinet Leafing through a starry filing cabinet Monday, May 6, 2013
Quasars The long-range secret of odd “stars” Tuesday, February 5, 2013
Eclipse Watcher Risking life and limb for a solar eclipse Sunday, August 19, 2012
Cloudy Skies A cruel twist of nature Saturday, August 18, 2012
Tuttle Comets War, embezzlement, and comets Tuesday, July 17, 2012
Swift Comets From hardware-store owner to cosmic celebrity Monday, July 16, 2012
Johann Galle Taking note of a new planet Saturday, June 9, 2012
Clockwork Eclipses Ticking off the hours until a solar eclipse Thursday, May 17, 2012
Balloon Ride Taking a balloon ride for science Saturday, April 7, 2012
Harvey Nininger II Buying space rocks for a dollar a pound Tuesday, January 17, 2012
Harvey Nininger A burning passion for space rocks Monday, January 16, 2012
Jean-Louis Pons The champion of all comet hunters Friday, December 23, 2011
Grote Reber A new way to study the universe Thursday, December 22, 2011
Mikhail Lomonosov The man who discovered an atmosphere Saturday, November 19, 2011
Robert Trumpler Filling the space between the stars Sunday, October 2, 2011
Thomas Wright Giving birth to a galaxy Wednesday, September 21, 2011
Star Organizer Getting the stars organized Monday, August 15, 2011
Star Travels A fanciful design for a starship Sunday, July 24, 2011
Van Biesbroeck's Star Hunting up a faint cosmic bulb Saturday, July 16, 2011
Transit of 1761, Part IV A ring of fire around a planet Thursday, June 9, 2011
Transit of 1761, Part III Ducking cannonfire in the name of science Wednesday, June 8, 2011
Transit of 1761, Part II Dodging cannonfire in the name of science Tuesday, June 7, 2011
Urbain Leverrier A "calculated" planetary discovery Friday, March 11, 2011
Clockwork Skies Plotting the motions of the sky Wednesday, February 16, 2011
Johannes Hevelius Filling in some gaps in the sky Saturday, January 29, 2011
Orion Nebula Discovering a stellar nursery Friday, December 3, 2010
Royal Society Getting together for science Sunday, November 28, 2010
Harlow Shapley Getting the scale of the universe half right Monday, November 1, 2010
Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar Cruising toward the stars Monday, October 18, 2010
3C48 A quasi-stellar mystery Sunday, September 26, 2010
Spacewatch Keeping watch for space invaders Tuesday, August 31, 2010
Barnard's Menagerie An astronomer's cosmic menagerie Saturday, August 28, 2010
Giovanni Schiaparelli Digging up Martian canals Sunday, March 14, 2010
Simon Newcomb Stepping across the solar system Friday, March 12, 2010
Honoré Flaugergues Stirring up Martian clouds Monday, December 28, 2009
Dark Plots Dark lines in a solar rainbow Monday, December 14, 2009
Microscopium Filling the starry gaps Saturday, October 17, 2009
Moon and Jupiter A sketchy view of the Moon Wednesday, August 5, 2009
Jean-Henri Focas Mapping a path to the planets Saturday, July 11, 2009
Sextans New charts with old technology Sunday, June 14, 2009
Expanding Horizons Changing the universe with pieces of glass Monday, March 23, 2009
Hanny's Voorwerp The echo of a dead quasar Thursday, March 12, 2009
Galaxy Zoo Sorting out the galactic zoo Wednesday, March 11, 2009
International Year of Astronomy Celebrating Galileo's revolution Thursday, January 1, 2009

Featured Images

Otto Struve, first director of McDonald Observatory
First Director Thursday, May 8, 2014
Annie Jump Cannon
Astronomical Pioneer Tuesday, December 10, 2013
Female "computers" at Harvard College Observatory
Data Processing Center Monday, December 9, 2013
The life and times of William Herschel
Stellar Musician Thursday, November 14, 2013
Solar eclipse of August 19, 1887, from near Berlin
Fire in the Sky Saturday, August 18, 2012
False-color view of Comet Swift-Tuttle, 1992
Swift Comet Monday, July 16, 2012
Neptunian Discovery Friday, May 1, 2009
Stellar Celebration Thursday, January 1, 2009
Mr. Halley's Comet Thursday, December 25, 2008
In the Blink of an Eye Saturday, February 4, 2006

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