Henrietta Leavitt

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Birthday
4, 1868
Birthplace
Lancaster, MA
Death Date
Dec 12, 1921 (53)
Birth Sign
Cancer
Birthday
4, 1868
Birthplace
Lancaster, MA
Death Date
Dec 12, 1921 (53)

About

Astronomer who helped measure the relative brightness of Cepheid variables, which helped scientists to measure distances to stars. After her death her work was used to determine that the Milky Way is not the only galaxy in the observable universe.

Before Fame

After her education, she worked at Harvard College Observatory calculating and recording the brightness of stars.

Trivia

Her observation of a class of stars that 'pulse' brighter and darker made possible the calculation of much greater interstellar distances with more accuracy than ever before.

Family Life

She was born in Lancaster, Massachusetts, the daughter of George Roswell Leavitt, a Congregational church minister.

Associated With

Based on her work, Edwin Hubble was able to calculate that the universe is expanding.