EXHIBIT: Milky Way Portraitist

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Science  08 Sep 2006:
Vol. 313, Issue 5792, pp. 1367
DOI: 10.1126/science.313.5792.1367b

Staying up late paid off for American astronomer Edward Emerson Barnard (1857–1923). Dubbed “the man who never slept,” the telescope virtuoso took gorgeous photos of our galaxy, such as the nebula of Rho Ophiuchi, and discovered a slew of heavenly objects, including Jupiter's fifth moon Amalthea. At this exhibit from the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, you can peruse Barnard's magnum opus, the posthumously published Atlas of Selected Regions of the Milky Way. Although he left school at age 9, the self-taught observer rose to be a professor at the University of Chicago and sat at the controls of the world's largest telescopes. Astronomers still value the atlas for its wide-angle views and because it revealed murky areas in space that eventually led to the discovery of dark matter.


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