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Sky ’ s Up V ol . 08 — J anuary -F ebruary 2018 Published by the AstronomyOutreach network Founded in 2000, the AstronomyOutreach network (AOn) was created to encourage and celebrate public outreach efforts by astronomers of all levels. This non-profit organization has tasked itself with forging connections between individual astronomers, astronomy clubs and larger astronomy and space education initiatives. Board of Directors: Director: Scott W. Roberts Editorial Staff: Senior Editor: David H. Levy Project Manager: Patricia Smith © AstronomyOutreach network Duplication of contents in full or part is prohibited unless prior authorization by AstronomyOutreach network has been obtained. Unless an advertisement in the publication contains a specific endorsement by AstronomyOutreach network, it has not been tested by, approved by or endorsed by AOn. AstronomyOutreach network 1010 S. 48th Street Springdale, AR 72762 Phone: 949-637-9075 o o o Sky’s Up digital magazine is made possible through a generous contribution from Explore Scientific. What’s Up in the Sky............ Pg. 5 Constellation Corner............ Pg. 8 Looking for E.T.................... Pg. 10 Rising Star........................... Pg. 12 On the Road....................... Pg. 54 Meet the Moon.................. Pg. 56 The Art of Astronomy......... Pg. 68 Lunar Calendar................... Pg. 72 Seasonal Sky Calendars...... Pg. 73 Parting Shot........................ Pg. 82 2 inside the issue contents “I live and work with three basic assumptions: 1) There is no problem in science that can be solved by a man that cannot be solved by a woman. 2) Worldwide, half of all brains are in women. 3) We all need permission to do science, but, for reasons that are deeply ingrained in history, this permission is more often given to men than to women.” Pursuing her dreams Documentary chronicles young Iranian woman’s journey in astronomy — Astrophysicist Vera Rubin in Bright Galaxies, Dark Matter — Page 16 10 Questions Carolyn Shoemaker reflects on decades of discovery — Page 20 Ring master Drive to discover fuels Cassini Mission Project Scientist Linda Spilker — Page 32 Still searching SETI has been a lifelong calling for Jill Tarter — Page 36 Workplace warrior Advocate for women in astronomy tackles tough issues of equality and harassment — Page 41 Sky surveyor Jean Mueller’s long list of discoveries is sure to impress — Page 45 COVER ART COURTESY OF L. Eric Smith III Sky ’ s Up Sky ’ s Up In this special issue of Sky’s Up, we are celebrating the significant contributions and discoveries women have made in astronomy and related fields. The individual stories that unfold over the following pages are ones of achievement and challenge. They are the stories of women who have made their mark — like Cassini Project Scientist Linda Spilker or SETI co-founder Jill Tarter — and women who are just beginning their journey in astronomy — like Pluto researcher and outreach guru Caitlin Ahrens or Sepideh Hooshyar, an Iranian woman who is determined to study the stars no matter the obstacles. In this issue, we highlight legendary discoverers like Carolyn Shoemaker and Jean Mueller; showcase the stunning images of women astrophotographers; touch on the invaluable work women are doing in nonprofits and outreach; and tackle the issue of inequality in astronomy through a Q&A with planetary scientist and inclusivity advocate Christina Richey. Each of the women featured in this issue are inspiring, and we hope by giving our readers a glimpse of the versatile paths they have forged, we can encourage more women to find their passion, resist opposition and reach for the stars. 3