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Wolbach Library and the Glass Plate Collection

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

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…

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…

Visual Astronomy Display: May 2022

Highlights… Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder interviews astronauts on the ISS; Watch Perseverence‘s recording of a Martian solar eclipse; Seeker explains how the Parker Solar Probe “touched” the sun; Hubble spots an ancient rapidly growing black hole; Cool Worlds breaks down how FTL travel would lead to time paradoxes! Playlist Archive Suggestions, Comments, or Questions

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…

Visual Astronomy Display: April 2022

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.

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,…

March Star Notes Update

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

Visual Astronomy Display: March 2022

A black and white three quarters perspective portrait bust drawing of Benjamin Barker, an African American man in a jacket and cravat. To his right is a scan of his Farmer's Almanac.

In honor of #BlackHistoryMonth, this month’s playlist includes interviews of Black astronomers. Highlights… Learn about Benjamin Banneker, an early African American Quaker and astronomer; The Maniitsoq structure may not be an impact crater; See the Chinese space stations’ robotic arm in action; PBS Space Time discusses the wave function and object-collapse theories; Astronomer Derrick Pitts discusses: “why are…

Visual Astronomy Display: February 2022

Happy Lunar New Year! The Wolbach Library wishes good health to everyone this winter season. Highlights… Astronauts decorate the Tiangong space station for the lunar new year; SciShow overviews why it took a decade to launch the James Webb Space Telescope; Watch a visualization of “the Great Eruption” of Eta Carinae; February is…

February Star Notes Update

Hello everyone, This is Sydney and Nico, Star Notes researchers. We hope you are all doing well, and that the start of this year has treated you well! As always, thank you for remaining interested in our work and for volunteering your time to help with research and learn about…

January Star Notes Update

Hello everyone, This is Sydney and Nico, Star Notes researchers. We hope you are all doing well, that you have had safe and wonderful holidays, and Happy New Year! Sydney, who you may have already seen on the Zooniverse Star Notes talk boards, is a new hire as the Assistant…