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BC: CAROLYN SHOEMAKER an inspiration to everyone of all ages- BY ARISTA PYNE

FC: Carolyn Shoemaker 1929-Present By Arista Pyne

1: 83 year-old Carolyn Shoemaker is an American Planetary Astronomer. Born- 1929 in Gallup, New Mexico Carolyn Spellman was her maiden name She had one older brother (Richard Spellman)

2: Her parent's were not scientist and she never had an interest in science until after her children were fully grown. Carolyn went to Chico State COllege, where she received a BC and MS in history and political science. She then became a junior high teacher and she soon became under interested but her husbands interest sparked hers.At her brother's wedding in 1950 she met her future husband (Gene Shoemaker; who discovered USGS Center for Astrology. One year on August 18, 1950 at the age of Twenty-Two. They produce three children Christy, Linda, and Pat. She became a housewife and when her children were fully grown she took up a new career and suddenly became interested in science.

3: After her change in career she received a high doctorate in 1990 at Northern Arizona University of Flag STaff and an achievement medal in 1996. Her interest in Astronomy only started in 1980 at the age of 51 and it is amazing the amount of things she achieved.

4: sHE WAS CALLED THE COMET HUNTER BECAUSE... | ...She discovered 32 comets and over 800 asteroids!!!! | I could not list the extensive amount of discoveries this amazing women has found but to the right is the most famous comet she has discovered. "Shoemaker_Levy9"

5: Comet Shoemaker Levy9 was discovered by Shoemaker and her husband Eugene, and David Levy in 1993. Shortly after the discovery it was predicted to be in an eclipsing collision with Jupiter. After it reached Roche limit it broke into 21 fragments. It's estimated range is from 2 to 10 km in diameter for the original body and from 1 to 3 km for the largest fragments. Comet Shoemaker Levy9 impacted Jupiter during mid July 1994.

6: She made a set of rules for naming comets | Comets with a “P” are periodic, with orbits less than 200 years Comets with a “C” are those “which a meaningful orbit can not be computed" Comets with a “D” indicates a comet “that no longer exists or is deemed to have disappeared" (see #29 in table below) The year of discovery is also indicated, as is the month

7: Carolyn Shoemaker is such a great inspiration to the scientific world. She was a woman who at 50 still hasn't found her calling in life, but she knew she had one and didn't stop until she found it. She may not have been interested in many things for long but she was dedicated. Since she accomplished so much in such a short amount of time she showed younger people that that all you need is dedication and focus to achieve. Also she showed people that it is never to late to teach a old dog new tricks.

8: BIBLIOGRAPHY | Brown, David. "She's Looking Out for Us." Carolyn Shoemaker 05:2001 Explorer. Explorer. Web. 10 May 2012. . | Davis, Debra L. "CShoemaker." CShoemaker. Woman's Astronomer Weekly, 1 Jan. 2008. Web. 8 May 2012. . | Mestel, Rosie. "Carolyn Shoemaker and 'Her Comet'" Carolyn Shoemaker and 'Her Comet' New Scientist Archive, 9 July 1998. Web. 8 May 2012. .

9: "Carolyn Shoemaker". Encyclopdia Britannica. Encyclopdia Britannica Online. Encyclopdia Britannica Inc., 2012. Web. 10 May. 2012 . | Chapman, Mary G. "Astrogeology Science Center." Carolyn Shoemaker. USGS, 17 May 2002. Web. 10 May 2012. . | Amett, Bill. "Comet Shoemaker-Levy 9." SL9. 24 July 1997. Web. 8 May 2012. .

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