“riding the polished lenses”

I am now three days late in celebrating Ada Lovelace Day, but what’s wrong with extending a good thing?

Caroline Herschel first gained interest in astronomy when she helped her brother, Sir William Herschel, by doing calculations for him during observations. When William Herschel married, Caroline grew distant from her brother, but continued observations on her own. Here are some of the things she found:

Adrienne Rich wrote a poem about her: “Planetarium.”

she whom the moon ruled
like us
levitating into the night sky
riding the polished lenses

Read the rest at The Poetry Foundation.

(images borrowed from NASA)


About abi nighthill

Abi has a BA in Poetry from Columbia College Chicago.
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2 Responses to “riding the polished lenses”

  1. Thom says:

    And for another poetry connection, her father was Lord Byron!

  2. abi stokes says:

    How on earth did I not know this? That’s so cool!

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