directed by Kevin Paris September 6-8 & 13-15 Thurs: $13 Fri & Sat: $15
In this magical and moving story, astronomer Henrietta Leavitt measures not only the light and distance of the stars, but also
her accepted role in the early 1900's scientific world. Along
with her peers, she changed the way we understand
both the heavens and the earth.
Henrietta Swan Leavitt (July 4, 1868 - December 12, 1921) was an American astronomer who discovered the relation between the luminosity and the period of Cepheid variable stars. A graduate of Radcliffe College, Leavitt started working at the Harvard College Observatory as a "computer" in 1893, examining photographic plates in order to measure and catalog the brightness of the stars. Though she received little recognition in her lifetime, it was her discovery that first allowed astronomers to measure the distance between the Earth and faraway galaxies.
The accomplishments of Edwin Hubble, the American astronomer who established that the universe is expanding, also were made possible by Leavitt's groundbreaking research. Hubble often said that Leavitt deserved the Nobel Prize for her work. Her discovery of a way to accurately measure distances on an inter-galactic scale, paved the way for modern astronomy's understanding of the structure and scale of the universe. (excerpt from Wikipedia biography)