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Today’s Strong Female is Annie Jump Cannon (b. 11 Dec 1863, d. 13 April 1941.)

Please do not use colors of OBAFGKM as proper colors of star classification.  This is a case of artistic license because the letters look pretty.

Please do not use colors of OBAFGKM as proper colors of star classification. This is a case of artistic license because the letters look pretty.

Why is she strong?

Though she dealt with significant hearing loss, she was able to not only invent a star classification system but also to classify more stars than anyone before or since.  She worked with several other ladies under Edward C. Pickering at Harvard University.  That type of collaborative, supportive effort and environment is very rare in science and hugely understated.  Neil DeGrasse Tyson’s Cosmos series has an entire segment dedicated to Cecilia Payne, with whom Cannon collaborated.

Keep it civil, people.

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