A Google doodle for July 20, 2020, celebrated the legacy of Turkish astrophysicist Dilhan Eryurt.
(Image: © Google)
Eryurt lived from 1926 to 2012, studied in Turkey, and worked at, among other institutions, NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Maryland and the University of California, according to a brief biography compiled by a group of astrophysicists.
Eryurt’s research focused on stellar astrophysics, in particular of main-sequence stars like our sun. You can read some of her publications here.
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In the Google Doodle, Eryurt is shown looking out on a sky full of stars, as well as a few planetary bodies, including the moon, and a Saturn V rocket, a nod to her time at NASA during the Apollo program.
In the late 1970s, she was also one of a group of scientists who encouraged the Turkish government to establish a national observatory, according to a paper recounting the history of astronomy in Turkey.
The project broke ground in 1991 and made its first observations in 1997.
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