This Day in Jewish History 1802: An Artist Enchanted by Celestial Objects Is Born

Hermann Goldschmidt was sent voyaging by King Louis-Philippe’s court to copy great artworks, and discovered his knack for spotting asteroids.

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June 17, 1802, is the birthdate of Hermann Goldschmidt, a painter and autodidact astronomer who, working with a tiny telescope in his Parisian garret, discovered 14 asteroids, a record for the time.