Hidden Figures of the 18th, 19th and Early 20th Centuries

Friday, July 21 | CCBC Catonsville

Banneker Planetarium: “Hidden Figures of the 18th, 19th and Early 20th Centuries”

In the early days following the invention of the telescope, all of the observations were done by rich white men, or, at least that’s what one would think. However, long before modern technology and the advent of computers and calculators as we know them, women were hired to be “calculators” and assist the men in doing the boring, mundane work of hand calculations. Some actually assisted the men in their observations of the heavens and became excellent astronomers in their own right. Discover the accomplishments of Caroline Herschel, Annie Jump Cannon, Henrietta Leavitt and other “hidden figures.”
Outdoor observing afterward, weather permitting.

July 21, 2017
8 p.m.
CCBC Catonsville, Math and Science Hall

FREE. Open to the public. No reservations needed.
Bright moon reflecting over a lake with mountains in the background