14 9 / 2012

Elisabeth Catherina Koopmann Hevelius (1647-1693) was a Polish astronomer and second wife of astronomer Johannes Hevelius. She was called “the mother of moon charts”.
The marriage of the sixteen year old to fifty two year old Hevelius in 1663 allowed her also to pursue her own interest in astronomy by helping him manage his observatory. Following his death in 1687, she completed and published Prodromus astronomiae (1690), their jointly compiled catalogue of 1,564 stars and their positions.
The minor planet 12625 Koopman is named in her honour, as is the crater Corpman on Venus.

Elisabeth Catherina Koopmann Hevelius (1647-1693) was a Polish astronomer and second wife of astronomer Johannes Hevelius. She was called “the mother of moon charts”.

The marriage of the sixteen year old to fifty two year old Hevelius in 1663 allowed her also to pursue her own interest in astronomy by helping him manage his observatory. Following his death in 1687, she completed and published Prodromus astronomiae (1690), their jointly compiled catalogue of 1,564 stars and their positions.

The minor planet 12625 Koopman is named in her honour, as is the crater Corpman on Venus.