Carolyn S. Shoemaker

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Carolyn S. Shoemaker took up astronomer at the age of 51 after all three of her children had grown up. She was born in 1929 and has since discovered more than 800 asteroids and 32 comets.[1][2] She used the 46 centimeter wide Schmidt wide-angle telescope at the Palomar Observatory in California. Her patience and attention to detail is vital when it comes to inspecting photographic plates that are taken around an hour apart and then studied stereoscopically. Typically, around 100 hours are required to discover a comet. Carolyn is married to Gene Shoemaker.


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