Podcast: History’s Forgotten – Season 2 – Episode 2 – Women in Astronomy


A graphic introduces episode two of season two of the “History’s Forgotten” podcast. History’s Forgotten is an award-winning podcast hosted by seniors Christi Norris, Caleb Audia and Amanda Hare. In this episode, they discussed women in astronomy.

Updated with correct show notes Nov. 11 2021

In the second episode of season two of History’s Forgotten, seniors Christi Norris, Amanda Hare, and Caleb Audia discuss women in astronomy in the late 1800s and early 1900s. In the Harvard Observatory, women were hired to work as “computers” who organized data. Two women, Annie Cannon and Henrietta Leavitt were able to make substantial achievements. Cannon came up with a system to classify stars that are still used today and Leavitt discovered Cepheid variable stars which can be used to find the distances of other stars and galaxies.