ASTRONOMERS

Astronomers have contributed greatly to our understanding of physics and motion. In this section you can learn all about famous astronomers and what each of them has contributed to our understanding of space.
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Joseph Hooton Taylor Jr.

Taylor, Joseph Hooton, Jr. (1941-) is an American astrophysicist and radio astronomer acclaimed for discovering the first binary pulsar, a system of two collapsed stars that emit tremendous energy as they rotate rapidly around one another.

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  • 10 Cool Things About Carl Sagan

    10 Cool Things About Carl Sagan

    He is famous for a phrase he never said, for wearing turtlenecks and for hosting the original 'Cosmos' TV series. As enthusiastic about the stars as he was about marijuana, Carl Sagan led a very surprising life. Here are 10 cool facts. See more »

  • 10 Cool Things About Neil deGrasse Tyson

    10 Cool Things About Neil deGrasse Tyson

    He starred with Superman, drove the getaway car at Pluto's demise and was voted sexiest astrophysicist by People magazine. Is there anything Neil deGrasse Tyson can't do? See more »

  • Are all great scientific thinkers atheist?

    Are all great scientific thinkers atheist?

    Is this famous primatologist atheist, agnostic or theistic? Find out as we bravely explore whether science and religion must always collide. See more »

  • Bond (family)

    Bond (family)

    Bond, the family name of two United States astronomers, father and son. They were pioneers in the use of photography in astronomy. See more »

  • Draper

    Draper

    Draper, the name of two United States scientists, father and son. See more »

  • Galilei, Galileo

    Galilei, Galileo

    Galilei, Galileo, generally called Galileo (1564-1642), an Italian astronomer, physicist, and mathematician. See more »

  • Herschel (family)

    Herschel (family)

    Herschel, the family name of three British astronomers. See more »

  • Kepler, Johannes

    Kepler, Johannes

    Kepler, Johannes (1571-1630), a German astronomer. Kepler's three laws of the motions of planets are basic to the understanding of the solar system. See more »

  • Laplace, Pierre Simon de

    Laplace, Pierre Simon de

    Laplace, Pierre Simon de, Marquis de Laplace (1749-1827), a French astronomer and mathematician. See more »

  • Leavitt, Henrietta Swan

    Leavitt, Henrietta Swan

    Leavitt, Henrietta Swan (1868-1921) was an American astronomer whose work revolutionized human understanding of the relative brightness and variability of stars. See more »

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