Galactic Gazette – a blog from the staff of the Wolbach Library

July Star Notes Update

Hello everyone, This is Sydney and Nico, Star Notes and Project PHaEDRA researchers. We hope you are all doing well and enjoying the summer! As always, thank you for remaining interested in our work and for volunteering your time to help with our research and learn about the history of women in astronomy, as well …

June Star Notes Update

Hello everyone, This is Sydney and Nico, Star Notes and Project PHaEDRA researchers. We hope you are all doing well and excited for the summer! As always, thank you for remaining interested in our work and for volunteering your time to help with our research and learn about the history of women in astronomy, as …

Earth's moon against a black background. Because of the total lunar eclispse, the moon has a reddish hue.

Visual Astronomy Display: June 2022

Highlights… Observe the difference in resolution between Spitzer and JWST; See plants grown in lunar soil from Apollo missions; ESA explains the formation of the moon using a cheesecake recipe; SciShow reviews how a newly discovered exoplanet challenges theories of planet formation; PBS SpaceTime asks: what if physics is not describing reality?  Extras… If you missed the CfA’s livestream discussion of the new …

A glass plate negative backlit by a white light. The plate has a spray of dark stars and a few large groupings of stars.

Wolbach Library and the Glass Plate Collection

We are happy to share that HCO’s Astronomical Photographic Glass Plate Collection is now part of the Wolbach Library! This change was initiated to ensure that all projects associated with the Plates, including ongoing digitization efforts, are able to take full advantage of the resources available through Wolbach’s connections to the Harvard Library and the …

May Star Notes Update

Hello everyone, This is Sydney and Nico, Star Notes and Project PHaEDRA researchers. We hope you are all doing well and excited for the summer! As always, thank you for remaining interested in our work and for volunteering your time to help with our research and learn about the history of women in astronomy, as …

April Star Notes Update

Hello everyone, This is Sydney and Nico, Star Notes and Project PHaEDRA researchers. We hope you are all doing well and enjoying the beginning of spring! As always, thank you for remaining interested in our work and for volunteering your time to help with our research and learn about the history of women in astronomy, …

A side view of the surface of the sun which is dark red with orange spots and has a yellow halo. The sun takes up 3/4s of the image. On the left in the sun's halo is a black spot: Mercury.

Visual Astronomy Display: April 2022

Ramadan Mubarak and happy spring! Highlights…  NASA studies the interactions of Mercury’s magnetic field and solar wind; HR 6819 may not be the closest black hole to Earth after all; Fermilab discusses photons and momentum; The ISS is now in its final years of operation; PBS Space Time asks: could the universe be inside a black hole? Playlist Archive Suggestions, Comments, or Questions