“Henrietta Swan Leavitt (July 4, 1868 – December 12, 1921) was an American astronomer. A graduate of Radcliffe College, she worked at the Harvard College Observatory as a ‘computer’, in charge of examining photographic plates in order to measuring and cataloging the luminosity of stars. This work led her to discover the relationship between luminosity and period of Cepheid variables. * Leavitt’s discovery provided astronomers with the first “standard candle” with which to measure distance to stars. distant galaxies. ”- Wikipedia * Cepheid Definition: any element of a class of variable stars whose very regular variations in light are directly linked to their intrinsic luminosities and whose apparent luminosities are used to estimate distances in astronomy.
Henrietta Swan Leavitt’s book allows us to review where we were when she was born in 1868 and when she died a little over a hundred years ago. . . “Long ago in a galaxy far, far away. Henrieta Leavitt gave us the ability to judge distances across the universe.
This true story from 19th-century astronomer Henrietta Leavitt explores a woman’s place in society at a time of immense scientific discovery, when women’s ideas were rejected until men claimed credit. Social progress, like scientific progress, can be difficult to see when one is trapped among earthly complications; Henrietta and her female peers believe in both, and their dedication has changed the way we understand both the heavens and the earth.
Recommended for ages 12 and up
Jessica Robins as Henrietta Leavitt
Jillian Faulk as Margaret Leavitt
Mason Quinn as Peter Shaw
Rachel Permann as Annie Cannon
Deya Ozburn as Williamina Fleming
Directed by Carlin Bujeaud
SILENT SKY performances run from January 21 to February 6, 2022
Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. – Sundays at 2:00 p.m.
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