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Burnham, Sherburne Wesley (Sherburne)

Born: 1838 AD
Died: 1921 AD, at 82 years of age.

Nationality: American
Categories: Astronomers


1838 - He was born on the 12th of December.

         - He served as a military stenographer in the Union Army in the Civil War.

1873–1874 - He produced a catalog of double stars.

         - He became a fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society.

         - He continued to identify double stars and later published the General Catalogue of 1290 Double Stars.

         - He later increased this number to 13,665 double stars.

         - Burnham discovered the first example of, what would be called a-half century later, a Herbig-Haro object: Burnham's Nebula (now labeled as HH255).

1894 - He received the Gold Medal of the Royal Astronomical Society.

1921 - He died on the 11th of March.


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