A snapshot of astronomer Annie Jump Cannon

Annie Jump Cannon

It was her mother who nurtured a love in young Annie Jump Cannon for astronomy. The two would sit in the attic of the family home and gaze and identify the stars at night.

This childhood passion turned into her work. Annie became the best at classifying stars. Her boss at the Harvard College Observatory said that “Miss Cannon is the only person in the world – man or woman – who can do this work so quickly.”

Annie classified over 350,000 stars over the course of her career from 1896 to 1940.