Marian Phoenix

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Marian Phoenix - Woman Conducts Glass Jn Star Identification For...
Woman Conducts Glass Jn Star Identification For Servicemen By JOAN GARDNER Meet Miss Marian Lockwood, as-cnriate curator of the Hayden Planetarium in New York, who is known tn thousands of men in blue and khaki as the "star" lady. For more than a year now. Miss Lock- wood has been conducting a special course in star loentmcauon iwo nights in a week, in periods ol five weeks each, addressed par ticularly to sea and sky-faring serv icemen who. in tneir wonc ior me armed forces, must know how to travel by the stars. Tfie men come to tnese evening classes voluntarily and pay for them out of their own funds. Civilian men and women also attend the evening classes but women are far in tne minority, and the least vocal among class members. Many of these civilians are serious amateur astronomers. others come to be carried away in the magnitude of the heavens from the little worries ot daily living. Some of the amateurs, Miss Lock- wood's records show, attend the class two and three times over. With electric "pointer" in hand, Miss Lockwood explores the gleaming stars in the planetarium dome, drilling the class until they know the names of 55 navigational stars and recognize tne ldentmcation taes for them in the skv pattern "Dubhe" in the great dipper and "Acrux" in the Southern Cross soon become familiar favorites. The students in the class are ac tive participants, challenging the pronunciation of a star's name and making suggestions trom tneir own experiences in navigation. Letters from students attest to the value of this class work. A former student, now on ac tive duty in the Pacific, wrote in and suggested to Miss iiockwooa that she direct the attention of her class to latitude 78 degrees south and call their attention to the stars in Orion. 'There is an interesting fact," he went on to say, "about the Southern Cross which the navy boys would appreciate. In the longitude of New Zealand all the stars of the Southern Cross cannot be seen, so the government has placed only the stars that can be seen in their flag. In Australia, all the stars are visible and so the five stars of the cross are seen in the flag." Air pilots starting on a mission in the Southern Hemisphere come to the planetarium to get a look at the stars they will see on their way, so as to be completely famil iar with the sky pattern. A pilot who got into difficult navigation trouble because he was uncertain of his stars came in and demanded concentrated study, saying that he would not go south again until he knew his stars better. , Miss Lockwood, who studied at Wellesley, started her career with the Museum of Natural History in 1930 as an executive secretary in the astronomy department. It was in this position that Miss Lockwood began seriously her study of the skies, and when the planetarium was opened in 1935 she became an assistant curator. She had never before taught or lectured; today she does both with great skill, and in addition finds time to write. Though she holds her audience spellbound as she tra vels through the heavens from the Arctic to the Antarctic Circle, she nerseil nas traveled very little. hav ing never been outside the United States and only as far west as the Mississippi. She is a woman with enthjusiasm, quick speech and ready wit. During the summer she spends her vacation on an island off the coast of Maine where she has re furbished an old fishing cottage. Once during the summer, upon request, she entertains her neighbors anc friends witn a sKy lecture, tier hobby is photography and she finds plenty of interesting material in tne rocks, surf and wooded fields of the snug little island. The Hayden Planetarium is under contract to the navy to teach 10,000 men annually the technicalities of navigation and astronomy. These classes, however, are compulsory to the men selected to attend them - and are held through the ,daytime. The Hayden Planetarium is one of five in the country. Others are located in Chicago, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and Los Angeles, and Miss Lockwood is one of the few women qualified to lecture and teach. Harmony Club Holds Bridge Luncheon Harmony Club members held a social meeting Wednesday after noon in the Phoenix Woman's Club house. After the luncheon, bridge was played, with Mesdames T. R. Neis- vvander, Dodge Hooper, Mary Wasielewski, and J. H. Snyder win ning prizes. Guests of members were: Mes dames Bert Wilkinson, Anna Phillips, Don Baker, Jesse Harris, and George Valliene.

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  1. Arizona Republic,
  2. 15 Oct 1943, Fri,
  3. [First Edition],
  4. Page 14

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