Mapping with the stars: Nuns instrumental in Vatican celestial survey

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Emilia Ponzoni, Regina Colombo, Concetta Finardi and Luigia Panceri were all Sisters of the Holy Child Mary and were part of a global effort in the early twentieth century to make a complete map and catalog of the starry skies.  Carol Glatz discusses these nuns and their connection to the Vatican Observatory in this 2016 article.

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Click here for a version of this article from the Smithsonian.

Click here for a well-illustrated version from CityLab.

Click here for a brief mention of these nuns in a 1919 article entitled “Woman’s Work in Astronomy”, by Dorothea Klumpke Roberts, published in the Publications of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific (courtesy of Google Books).

 

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