We were extremely pleased to have Miss. Shweta Kulkarni, founder of ASTRON club in Pune to talk on the topic “Harvard’s Computers” as the 2nd lecture in our “Women in Astronomy” lecture series.

She spoke extremely well highlighting so many women in the early 20th century who did phenomenal work in astronomy. She started with the works of  Williamina Fleming, Annie Jump Cannon, Henrietta Swan Leavitt and Antonia Maury. It was fantastic to hear about their contributions to professional astronomy right from spectral classification of stars to estimating their luminosity in times when there were no computers.

Miss.  Kulkarni also shared her experience of being a woman in astronomy and said that today she didn’t find it any different than a man in astronomy. The talk also had discussions with a lot of women in the audience who shared their experiences and ambitions. Many of them actually are desiring to pursue a career in this field.

We were happy to share that our past members such as Kshitija Deshpande,  Kshitija Kelkar, Abha Vaishampayan, Vinaya Kulkarni are still in amateur astronomy and many of them are in their final stages of education in this field.

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