Stellar Adventures

In partnership with UMKC Cockefair Chair, Professor William Ashworth’s course will explore how we came to understand the composition, birth, evolution, and death of stars. The course will consist of three sessions via Zoom webinar on Wednesdays, November 3, 10, and 17, from 10:30 a.m. to Noon. One registration covers all three sessions. 

Hans Lipperhey

Hans Lipperhey, a German/Dutch lens grinder and eyeglass maker, was buried Sep. 29, 1619, in Middelburg in the Netherlands.  We know little about Lipperhey except that, on Oct. 2, 1608, he applied for a patent for an instrument that made far-away things look nearby,...

John Goodricke

John Goodricke, an English astronomer, was born Sep. 17, 1764. Goodricke was what was called in the 18th century a deaf-mute, a disability that arose from a bout with scarlet fever in his youth. He would die of pneumonia in his 21st year. But in his short, silent...

Edmund Neville Nevill

Edmund Neville Nevill, an English astronomer and chemist, was born Aug. 27, 1849.  Nevil came from a distinguished family, but his passion was observing and mapping the moon.  In 1876, he published the only original English lunar map of the 19th century (German...