Google Doodle Celebrates 105th Birthday of Famed Astronomer Guillermo Haro

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Google doodle of Guillermo Haro on March 21, 2018.

The famed astronomer is credited with discovering of a variety of nebulas.

Today’s Google Doodle celebrates the 105h birthday of famed astronomer Guillermo Haro, who was born on this day (March 21) in 1913. The astronomer was credited with discovering a new class of nebula that helped promote astronomical research in Mexico.

Haro's claim to fame came after he discovered the Herbig-Haro nebula, realizing that when ionized gas from stars collided with nearby clouds of dust, they’d create a bright beautiful cloud. The nebula lasts only a few thousand years (not a long time in astrology talk) but Haro was the first to note that these clouds formed as a result of star formation.

The scientist also discovered “flare stars,” which spread dazzling waves of electromagnetic energy across the sky for a few minutes at a time on random intervals. Modern astronomers concluded that “flare stars” are actually dim red dwarf stars, and their energy is actually caused by changes in the stars’ magnetic fields. Proxima Centauri and Barnard’s Star are the two flare stars nearest to our solar system.

In 1959, because of his achievements in Astronomy, Haro became the first person from Mexico to be elected to the Royal Astronomical Society. He passed away on April 26, 1988. You can read more about Haro and his achievements here.