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In this fact-file find out why we turned Caroline into a superhero.
Superhero Identity
During a sever illness as a child, which left her with blind in her left eye, Caroline gained her superpowers; she could freeze anything that got in her way. Later in life she took a job as an assistant to an inventor but soon realised she could make unique telescopes that gave her enhanced vision capabilities. Caroline is willing to bend the rules to keep the people of Earth safe but she must exercise caution to ensure she doesn't go too far and end up on the wrong side of the law.
Caroline can slow atoms in order to freeze objects.
Caroline features in our signature card game Top Quarkz. The gameplay supports development of maths, literacy and decision making skills all while learning about some of the most impressive scientific discoveries of our time and throughout history.


Caroline features in our game Black Hole. The goal is to form and discard pairs of cards. Make sure you're not the player left getting sucked into the Black Hole at the end of the game. Why a Black Hole? It's the biggest threat any superhero could face.
A giant colouring poster that will keep you busy for hours! Can you find Caroline hidden away in the Fetter's Chaos drawing?
Location - Caroline discovered Messier 110 the second companion of the Andromeda Galaxy.
Discovery - One of her most significant discoveries was periodic comet 35P/Herschel–Rigollet.
Weakness - A solar flare is a sudden flash of brightness on the Sun. Inside a flare, the temperature can reach 20 million degrees Kelvin. that will stop any freezing superpower!
Superpower - Freezing powers. We gave Caroline this superpower as space is cold. In fact it's about about minus 455 degrees Fahrenheit ( -235 Celsius).
Side-kick - All superheroes have a side-kick, William's side-kick is William Herschel Caroline was the younger sister of astronomer William Herschel, with whom she worked.
Each drawing we create has one or more hidden treasures about our superheroes' life experiences, depictions in art, jobs or discoveries. Did you find them all?
Top Quarkz Card Explained
Hidden Treasures

The RS
Strapped to Caroline's leg is a telescope. In 1793 she used a 9-inch telescope for her comet-searching, and discovered three more comets with this instrument.

The logo of the Royal Society is on Caroline's helmet. She was the first woman to become an honorary member of the Royal Society

We have packed a lot into our cards - from amazing imagined superpowers to biographical information and hidden treasures.
Name: Caroline Lucretia Herschel
Born: 1750
Died: 1848
Occupation: Astronomer
Nationality: English
Caroline catalogued stars, nebula and discovered comets. She was the first woman astronomer to earn a salary. Caroline became famous for her scientific work and was awarded a gold medal by the Prussian Academy of Sciences. She was appointed to the Royal Irish Academy of Sciences and was the first woman to become an honorary member of the Royal Society of England. Find out more about caroline in this great video from Da Vinci Kids.
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Caroline Herschel
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Astronomers study our universe and the objects found in it such as stars, planets, and galaxies.

Astronomy is one of the oldest sciences with records of people studying astronomy going as far back as Ancient Mesopotamia. All of these early scientists had to observe space with just their eyes. It wasn't until the invention of the telescope in the 1600s that scientists were able to see much further.
What Do Astronomers Do?
Video credit: RADICAL JR.
What is a comet?
The meteor that struck the Yucatan peninsula was massive in scale. Some say it may have killed off the dinosaurs and led to the development of present-day mammals. Find out more in this Peekaboo Kidz video.
Did you know?
How do Telescopes work?

Find out about the inner workings of a telescope in this great video from the BBC.
Video Credit: Peekaboo Kidz
* Sometimes comets are referred to as "dirty snowballs" because they are made of ice, rock, gas and dust.
* Halley's Comet has been observed since at 240 B.C. Its orbit makes it visible from Earth every 76 years.

* Scientists believe there are one billion comets in our solar system.

* Most meteorites are one of three types: stony, stony-iron, or iron.

* "Comet" comes from the Latin meaning "long-haired".

Video credit: BBC
Who Discovered Uranus?

Uranus was discovered in 1781 by William Herschel, Caroline's brother.
Video Credit: Socratica
Want to discover more? Why not read a book about Caroline and learn more about one of the one of the greatest astronomers who ever lived or dive into the world of our science superheroes
Caroline features in our giant colouring poster: Fetters Chaos
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Caroline's Comets: A True Story
by Emily Arnold McCully
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