Google Doodle looks to the sky to celebrate astronomy pioneer

August 2, 2013 1:57 AM

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Google Doodle looks to the sky to celebrate astronomy pioneer

Mitchell was the country's first female professional astronomer. In 1847, she discovered a comet through a telescope (later named "Miss Mitchell's Comet," according to Wikipedia). She spotted it from a perch on the roof of the Pacific National Bank on Main Street in Nantucket, Mass., where her father worked.

The tribute is part of Google's efforts to spotlight women in science and tech. Last month, Google's home page featured a sepia-toned drawing celebrating the birthday of British biophysicist Rosalind Franklin, an early researcher into the structure of DNA. A February doodle paid tribute to anthropol...

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