Caroline's Comets: A True Story by Emily Arnold MccullyCaroline's Comets: A True Story by Emily Arnold Mccully

Caroline's Comets: A True Story

byEmily Arnold Mccully

Hardcover | February 28, 2017

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Caroline Herschel (1750-1848) was not only one of the greatest astronomers who ever lived but also the first woman to be paid for her scientific work. Born the youngest daughter of a poor family in Hanover, Germany, she was scarred from smallpox, stunted from typhus and used by her parents as a scullery maid. But when her favorite brother, William, left for England, he took her with him. The siblings shared a passion for stars, and together they built the greatest telescope of their age, working tirelessly on star charts. Using their telescope, Caroline discovered fourteen nebulae and two galaxies, was the first woman to discover a comet, and became the first woman officially employed as a scientist-by no less than the King of England! The information from the Herschels' star catalogs is still used by space agencies today.

A 2018 NSTA-CBC Outstanding Science Trade Book for Students K-12!

Emily Arnold McCully received the Caldecott Medal for Mirette on the High Wire. The illustrator of more than 40 books for young readers, she has a lifelong interest in history and feminist issues. She divides her time between Chatham, New York, and New York City.
Title:Caroline's Comets: A True StoryFormat:HardcoverDimensions:40 pages, 11.4 × 9.3 × 0.4 inPublished:February 28, 2017Publisher:Holiday HouseLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0823436640

ISBN - 13:9780823436644


Rated 4 out of 5 by from The Story of Caroline Herschel This historical fiction book is about Caroline Herschel and her brother....who created the telescope and discovered many comets. The book is full of information.
Date published: 2018-04-18