Caroline Herschel nebula discovery, 1788

Caroline Herschel nebula discovery, 1788

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Caption: Caroline Herschel nebula discovery. Notes by German-British astronomer Caroline Herschel (1750-1848) on her observations of 7 July 1788. The notes and astronomical diagrams refer to the observation of a nebula, what is now known as a galaxy. Caroline Herschel assisted her elder brother William with his astronomical observations, making her own observations between 1788 and 1797 from their residence at Observatory House in Slough, UK. She observed many nebulae, and discovered eight comets between 1786 and 1797. For her astronomical work she was awarded the Gold Medal of the Royal Astronomical Society in 1828.

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