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This is an artist's picture of the Harvard Observatory placed on the background of a bunch of novae. Novae are the stars that Fleming discovered.
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Williamina Fleming

Williamina Paton Stevens Fleming was a Scottish-American astronomer who lived from 1857-1911. She discovered 10 of the 24 novae then known. Novae are stars that suddenly become very bright then fade over a period of a few months or years. She also discovered over 200 variable stars. Variable stars are those that change in brightness over time.

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