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Visual Astronomy Display: December 2021

Orion nebula

The Wolbach Library wishes good health to everyone during this global crisis. Highlights… It’s Okay to be Smart reviews the history of ‘nothing;’ How astronomers could contribute to a sustainable circular society; Cool Worlds argues our solar system is special; Star Trek actors talk what social issues they want the show to address;…

Visual Astronomy Display: November 2021

The Wolbach Library wishes good health to everyone during this global crisis. Highlights… NASA publishes an interactive graphic novel about the “First Woman” to walk on the moon; PBS SpaceTime outlines the constructor theory of physics; Genoveva Burca explains how neutron imaging may help scientists 3D map carbon distribution in soil; Physics Girl breaks down how we can observe…

Visual Astronomy Display: October 2021

The Wolbach Library wishes good health to everyone during this global crisis. Highlights… PBS SpaceTime explains how electron spin makes matter possible; We could build Martian homes with human blood;  Fermilab breaks down the quantum eraser experiment; NASA confirms geologically recent Martian volcanic activity; Do quasar outflows inhibit the formation of stars? Playlist Archive Suggestions, Comments, or Questions

September Star Notes Update

Hi everyone, Hope you’re doing well! We’re so thankful for the hard work of our volunteers; we know it’s been a busy summer, so thanks for spending some of it with us! We still have the remaining notebooks of Frances Woodworth Wright on our project, but look out for the…

Visual Astronomy Display: September 2021

Image of Judith Resnik and Christa McAuliffe. Resnik is on the left and has curly black hair. McAuliffe is on the left and has curly blonde hair. Both are wearing light blue NASA jumpsuits and smiling at something off-camera to the left.

The Wolbach Library wishes good health to everyone during this global crisis. Highlights… A look back on how Judith Resnik and her team built Space Shuttle Discovery‘s robot arm; Saturn‘s core is surprisingly “soupy”;  Mars’ “new” volcanic activity; Why some astronomers prefer “snail mail” over the Internet; CfA’s Fabio Pacucci explains Stephen Hawking’s black hole paradox! Playlist Archive…

“The Theory of Light” by Thomas Preston

Dr. Thomas Preston (1860-1900) was an Irish scientist, notable for his 1897 discovery of the Anomalous Zeeman Effect. In addition to his work in magnetism and spectroscopy, Preston was an adept textbook author during the late-19th century when the emerging professionalization of the sciences elicited demand for formal educational materials….

Virtual Astronomy Display: August 2021

Image of Jupiter's moon Ganymede taken by NASA's space probe Juno

The Wolbach Library wishes good health to everyone during this global crisis. Highlights… Women Apollo alums remember working at male-dominated NASA; How physicists could detect neutron stars using gravitational waves; Hubble finds evidence of water vapor on Ganymede; Learn how Perseverance takes sterile samples of Martian earth; The Royal Observatory reviews new challenges in astrophotography! Extras… Podcast: Undistracted with…

August Star Notes Update

Hi everyone, Hope you’re all doing well! As always, we really appreciate your dedication as volunteers. We currently have the notebooks of Frances Woodworth Wright on our project. Wright (1897-1989) earned a Bachelor’s degree from Brown in 1920 and received a PhD in astronomy from Barnard in 1958. She taught…

“A New Method of Finding a Ship’s Position at Sea” by Capt. Thomas H. Sumner

On November 25, 1837, American sea captain, Thomas H. Sumner, departed Charleston, South Carolina on a ship bound for Greenlock, Scotland. While en route, he discovered a new methodology in celestial navigation, later eponymously titled, the “Sumner line” or the circle of equal altitude. On December 17th, after days of…

CfA Special Collections: A Blog Series

The John G. Wolbach Library at the Harvard & Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics is a research library with large historical collections documenting the history of the Harvard College Observatory, the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory, and the history of astronomical study in the United States more broadly. Included in the library are…