Meet 20 great astronomers who wrote the history books

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But Sagan was no slouch scientifically. He predicted that the temperature of Venus should be above the melting point of lead due to a runaway greenhouse effect. He also imagined that Europa, the moon of Jupiter, could have an underground ocean.


Not quite astronomers

Many of you may be thinking, “OK, Einstein – where is Einstein?” Although his discoveries revolutionized astronomy, Albert Einstein was a physicist, the most famous of all. Here is a list of 10 physicists who had a huge influence on astronomy, this time in alphabetical order.

Niels Bohr

October 7, 1885 – November 18, 1962

Christian Doppler

November 29, 1803 – March 17, 1853

Albert Einstein

March 14, 1879 – April 18, 1955

Carl Friedrich Gauss

April 30, 1777 – February 23, 1855

stephen hawking

January 8, 1942 – March 14, 2018

James Clerk Maxwell

June 13, 1831 – November 5, 1879

Isaac Newton

January 4, 1643 – March 31, 1727

Erwin Schrödinger

August 12, 1887 – January 4, 1961

KipStephen Thorne

b. June 1, 1940

Jean Archibald Wheeler

July 9, 1911 – April 13, 2008


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