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American Astronomer Carolyn Shoemaker’s Death at 92


American astronomer and a co-discoverer of Comet Shoemaker-Levy 9, Carolyn Shoemaker’s death news has been spreading on social media after she passed away on August 2021 at the age of 92. May the legend rest in power.

The heartbreaking news has been confirmed by Meteor Crater in a tweet, reading, “Carolyn Shoemaker, American astronomer and is a co-discoverer of Comet Shoemaker-Levy 9, discusses why she signed the 100x Asteroid Declaration and why #AsteroidDay is important to the World!”

Born in Gallup, New Mexico, to Leonard and Hazel Arthur Spellmann, Carolyn Shoemaker went to Chico, California, along with her family, where she and her brother Richard grew up.

American astronomer, Carolyn Shoemaker's death news has been spreading on social medi

She earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in history, political science, and English literature from Chico State University. She once held the record for most comets discovered by an individual.

Although Shoemaker earned degrees in history, political science, and English literature, she had little interest in science until she met and married geologist Eugene M. (“Gene”) Shoemaker in 1950–51.

She later stated that the stories of his work inspired her. Notwithstanding her relative inexperience and lack of a science degree, the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) had no problem with her joining Gene’s team there as a research assistant. She had shown herself to be unusually patient and proved exceptional stereoscopic vision, which was a precious quality for looking for objects in near-Earth space.

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What’s Astronomer Carolyn Shoemaker’s Death Cause?

Although there is no official information about Carolyn Shoemaker’s death cause at this time, some social media users claim she was suffering from some health problems in recent years and finally lost her life because of her health condition.

US day News can not confirm any rumor, but our team is trying to find related information and provide the latest updates as soon as possible.

Shoemaker received an honorary doctorate from the Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, Arizona, and the U.S. National Aeronautics and Space AdministrationExceptional Scientific Achievement Medal in 1996.

She and her husband won the James Craig Watson Medal by the U.S. National Academy of Sciences in 1998. Shoemaker additionally received the Rittenhouse Medal of the Rittenhouse Astronomical Society in 1988 and the Scientist of the Year Award in 1995.

The Hildian asteroid 4446 Carolyn, discovered by colleague Edward Bowell at Lowell Observatory in 1985, was named in her honor.

American astronomer, Carolyn Shoemaker's death news has been spreading on social medi
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Celebrities’ death news always breaks many hearts; however, fans kindly remember memories, and their idols are alive in their hearts even after death.

Our thoughts and prayers are with Carolyn Shoemaker’s family, friends, fans, bandmates, and all of her loved ones on these tough days. You can also leave a condolence message below the comment box to honor her.

Quickly after the tragic news was released, many of beloved Carolyn’s friends and fans expressed their sadness on social media by posting their tributes:

A user wrote, “As news about the death of Carolyn Shoemaker trickles in, I’m saddened & reflective. She was a family friend & esteemed colleague of the scientists who mentored MY studies in impact explosion cratering . Also, she married well.”

Another said, “I’ve read a post saying that #CarolynShoemaker has passed away. If this is confirmed to be true it’s incredibly sad news. I’m devastated.”

A fan tweeted, “So very sad to hear of the passing of Carolyn Shoemaker this morning. She was an incredible scientist and one of the kindest humans. (I cherish the fact that Asteroid 8356 Wadhwa was discovered by her and the equally amazing scientist & human, the late Gene Shoemaker.)”

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