Female Astronomers Shine In ‘Sisters Of The Sun’ [VIDEO]

April 28, 2014 3:49 PM

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Female Astronomers Shine In ‘Sisters Of The Sun’ [VIDEO]

Fox released three new “Cosmos,” episode 8 previews ahead of Sunday’s new episode. According to Fox’s official synopsis for “Sisters of the Sun,” “Discover the remarkable story of Annie Jump Cannon (guest voice Marlee Matlin) and Cecilia Payne (guest voice Kirsten Dunst), two incredible women who challenged conventional wisdom and uncovered the real-life story of the stars. Cannon led a group of female astronomers in the early 20th century to catalogue the spectral characters of stars, and two decades later, young British beauty Payne joined forces with Cannon to analyze the data and uncover the chemical compositions of the stars. Later, travel on the Ship of the Imagination to explore the lives and deaths of stars and visit the planet of a star orbiting a globular cluster.”

The first “Cosmos” clip, “Pickering’s ‘Computers,” focuses on Annie Jump Cannon, voiced by Matlin, and Edward C. Pickering. Unlike the computers of today, women and men were hired to perform calculations and other scientific tasks. At Harvard, in 1901, Cannon and a group of women were working as Pic...

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