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CAROLINE HERSCHEL
CAROLINE HERSCHEL
Hanover, Germany (/1750/ - /1848/)
Sister of Sir William Herschel, Caroline's most significant contribution to astronomy was the discovery of several comets, including 35P/Herschel-Rigollet. Caroline Herschel was enthused by William's work with telescopes and was a longtime collaborator of her more famous brother and nephew, Sir John Herschel.
 

Enjoy these insightful and educational video clips drawn from over 70 hours of interviews with the world's leading figures in astronomy, shot during the filming of 400 Years of the Telescope.

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Taft E. Armandroff

Astronomy and IYA
Taft E. Armandroff - W. M. Keck Observatory

I think the public is becoming more and more interested in our work. I can see it over my career very easily, never mind over the four hundred years of astronomy.

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Gibor Basri

Advocating more planets
Gibor Basri - University of California, Berkeley

If Pluto is a planet, then several other objects that have been found out in the Kuiper Belt where Pluto orbits which are as big as Pluto, maybe a little bigger, maybe a little smaller, should also be planets.

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Gibor Basri

My science hero: Albert Einstein
Gibor Basri - University of California, Berkeley

My hero in science, like a lot of people is Albert Einstein. I think I just admire the way that he was able to do so much himself working as a single person rather than as a big team and also the way he completely changed our conception of very basic things like space and time.

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Gibor Basri

Brown dwarves
Gibor Basri - University of California, Berkeley

So nature makes stars. We know that. We knew that it made planets in our solar system but we didnít know for a fact that it made planets any where else, although as I said, we had all of this evidence that it probably did. And then thereís the possibility of making objects that are in between stars and planets. These are called brown dwarves.

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Gibor Basri

What is a planet?
Gibor Basri - University of California, Berkeley

The word "planet" is actually defined in several different arenas which unfortunately donít have much to do with each other and thatís part of the reason that this is a confusing argument.

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