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Pickering's Computers: Hinges of Astronomical History

Pickering's Computers: Hinges of Astronomical History

Let's enliven a cold, dark evening with science and history! Local astronomer Jerry Jones will present an interesting bit of history involving women who played important roles in the science of astronomy in the late 19th century.  Jerry will discuss the nature of astronomy, and how we got some of the most important astronomical discoveries.  He will set the stage by discussing the state of astronomy in the 1850s, the state of women in the 1850s, the Harvard College Observatory and it's director, Edward Pickering, and then dive into the details of the dilemma of an overabundance of data, and the problem solving that ensued.  All are welcome.

Thursday, January 27, 2022
6:00pm - 7:30pm
Margaret Rivers A&B
Stillwater Public Library
  Adults     Adults 55+  
  Lifelong Learning     STEM  

Jerry Jones was a Director of Public School orchestras for 39 years, his last position being with the Stillwater Area High School.  Jones is a member of the Minnesota Astronomical Society and serves that organization as the Astronomical League coordinator, the East -Metro liaison for the Library Telescope Program, and co-chairs the organized star-parties for the MAS.  He is a recognized Astronomical League Master Observer.