Famous Astronomer Biography: Cecilia Payne


Introduce students to a not-so-famous but highly influential scientist!

Grades 7 and Up

Use this famous astronomer biography to introduce your students to one of the most influential and important astronomers of the modern age! Cecilia Payne-Gaposchkin discovered that the Sun and stars are made of helium and hydrogen.

Both print and Google Slides options to assign are included.

In this activity, students will:

  • READ an engaging biography about Cecilia, how she used spectroscopy to determine the elements in stars, and how her ideas were initially dismissed.
  • ANSWER text-dependent questions based on the article. No prior knowledge is required!

Teacher Notes:

  • This resource is not editable.
  • An answer key is included.
  • A link to the Google Slides version of this famous astronomer biography is included with purchase.

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