stargazer

Definitions of stargazer
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n a physicist who studies astronomy

Synonyms:
astronomer, uranologist
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Al-Hasan ibn al-Haytham
an Egyptian polymath (born in Iraq) whose research in geometry and optics was influential into the 17th century; established experiments as the norm of proof in physics (died in 1040)
Anaximander
a presocratic Greek philosopher and student of Thales who believed the universal substance to be infinity rather than something resembling ordinary objects (611-547 BC)
Aristarchus of Samos
an ancient Greek astronomer who was one of the first to propose a heliocentric theory of the universe (circa 270 BC)
Friedrich Wilhelm Bessel
German mathematician and astronomer who made accurate measurements of stellar distances and who predicted the existence on an 8th planet (1784-1846)
Nathaniel Bowditch
United States mathematician and astronomer noted for his works on navigation (1773-1838)
Tycho Brahe
Danish astronomer whose observations of the planets provided the basis for Kepler's laws of planetary motion (1546-1601)
Anders Celsius
Swedish astronomer who devised the centigrade thermometer (1701-1744)
Nicolaus Copernicus
Polish astronomer who produced a workable model of the solar system with the sun in the center (1473-1543)
Sir Arthur Stanley Eddington
English astronomer remembered for his popular elucidation of relativity theory (1882-1944)
Eratosthenes
Greek mathematician and astronomer who estimated the circumference of the earth and the distances to the Moon and sun (276-194 BC)
Galileo Galilei
Italian astronomer and mathematician who was the first to use a telescope to study the stars; demonstrated that different weights descend at the same rate; perfected the refracting telescope that enabled him to make many discoveries (1564-1642)
George Ellery Hale
United States astronomer who discovered that sunspots are associated with strong magnetic fields (1868-1938)
Asaph Hall
United States astronomer who discovered Phobos and Deimos (the two satellites of Mars) (1829-1907)
Edmond Halley
English astronomer who used Newton's laws of motion to predict the period of a comet (1656-1742)
Sir Frederick William Herschel
English astronomer (born in Germany) who discovered infrared light and who catalogued the stars and discovered the planet Uranus (1738-1822)
Sir John Frederick William Herschel
English astronomer (son of William Herschel) who extended the catalogue of stars to the southern hemisphere and did pioneering work in photography (1792-1871)
Hipparchus
Greek astronomer and mathematician who discovered the precession of the equinoxes and made the first known star chart and is said to have invented trigonometry (second century BC)
Sir William Huggins
English astronomer who pioneered spectroscopic analysis in astronomy and who discovered the red shift (1824-1910)
Hypatia
Greek philosopher and astronomer; she invented the astrolabe (370-415)
Johannes Kepler
German astronomer who first stated laws of planetary motion (1571-1630)
Gerard Peter Kuiper
United States astronomer (born in the Netherlands) who studied the solar system and suggested in 1951 that there is a belt of comet-like debris at the edge of the solar system (1905-1973)
Samuel Pierpoint Langley
United States astronomer and aviation pioneer who invented the bolometer and contributed to the design of early aircraft (1834-1906)
Pierre Simon de Laplace
French mathematician and astronomer who formulated the nebular hypothesis concerning the origins of the solar system and who developed the theory of probability (1749-1827)
Sir Alfred Charles Bernard Lovell
English astronomer who pioneered radio astronomy (born in 1913)
Percival Lowell
United States astronomer whose studies of Mars led him to conclude that Mars was inhabited (1855-1916)
Maria Mitchell
United States astronomer who studied sunspots and nebulae (1818-1889)
Johann Muller
German mathematician and astronomer (1436-1476)
Simon Newcomb
United States astronomer (1835-1909)
Omar Khayyam
Persian poet and mathematician and astronomer whose poetry was popularized by Edward Fitzgerald's translation (1050-1123)
Jan Hendrix Oort
Dutch astronomer who proved that the galaxy is rotating and proposed the existence of the Oort cloud (1900-1992)
Benjamin Peirce
United States mathematician and astronomer remembered for his studies of Uranus and Saturn and Neptune (1809-1880)
Claudius Ptolemaeus
Alexandrian astronomer (of the 2nd century) who proposed a geocentric system of astronomy that was undisputed until the late Renaissance
David Rittenhouse
United States astronomer said to have built the first telescope made in America; also the first director of the United States Mint (1732-1796)
Henry Norris Russell
United States astronomer who developed a theory of stellar evolution (1877-1957)
Giovanni Virginio Schiaparelli
Italian astronomer who first noted lines (which he called canals) on the surface of Mars (1835-1910)
Harlow Shapley
United States astronomer (1885-1972)
Willem de Sitter
Dutch astronomer who calculated the size of the universe and suggested that it is expanding (1872-1934)
Thales of Miletus
a presocratic Greek philosopher and astronomer (who predicted an eclipse in 585 BC) who was said by Aristotle to be the founder of physical science; he held that all things originated in water (624-546 BC)
Clyde William Tombaugh
United States astronomer who discovered the planet Pluto (1906-1997)
Sir Fred Hoyle
an English astrophysicist and advocate of the steady state theory of cosmology; described processes of nucleosynthesis inside stars (1915-2001)
Edwin Powell Hubble
United States astronomer who discovered that (as the universe expands) the speed with which nebulae recede increases with their distance from the observer (1889-1953)
Georges Henri Lemaitre
Belgian cosmologist who proposed the big-bang theory of the origin of the universe (1894-1966)
Types:
astrophysicist
an astronomer who studies the physical properties of celestial bodies
cosmologist
an astronomer who studies the evolution and space-time relations of the universe
Type of:
physicist
a scientist trained in physics

n someone indifferent to the busy world

Synonyms:
lotus-eater
Type of:
daydreamer, woolgatherer
someone who indulges in idle or absentminded daydreaming

n heavy-bodied marine bottom-lurkers with eyes on flattened top of the head

Type of:
percoid, percoid fish, percoidean
any of numerous spiny-finned fishes of the order Perciformes

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