Astronomy – What’s Up in the Sky for 2021

The year 2021 promises some great stargazing opportunities, with chances to see comets, dying stars, galaxies and of course the planets! Join Dan Johnson, long-time amateur astronomer, member of the Astronomical Society of Kansas City, and volunteer instructor at the Powell Observatory, to find out what you can expect to see in the night sky with a small telescope in the coming year.

Making Space: Women Who Have Shown Us the Stars

Throughout history, women have made, and continue to make, significant contributions to astronomy through their work to disseminate observations and discoveries with visualizations and publications. Join astrophysicist and science communicator Dr. Héloïse Stevance and Linda Hall Library’s new assistant curator of rare books and manuscripts Dr. Jamie Cumby to discover and celebrate the important contributions women past and present have made to astronomy, including highlights from the Library’s extensive astronomical collection.

Milton Humason

Milton Humason, an American astronomical technician, was born Aug. 19, 1891, in southern Minnesota. He spent a high-school summer in the Pasadena area of southern California and liked it so much that he never went home. Nor did he go back to school, preferring to work...

Martinus Hortensius

Martinus Hortensius, a Dutch astronomer also known as Maarten van den Hove, died Aug. 7, 1639, at the age of about 34; his birth date is unknown.  Hortensius was one of those lesser-rank scientists who are never mentioned in surveys of early modern science, but who...

Domenico Maria Novara

Domenico Maria Novara, an Italian astronomer/astrologer, was born July 29, 1454.  Novara taught astronomy at the University of Bologna, and as was required of nearly all academic astronomers, he issued annual astrological prognostications about the good and bad things...