August 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 …

Visual Astronomy Display: July 2022

Highlights… SciShow explains summer on Saturn; The latest data from the Gaia mission delivers amazing data on the Milky Way galaxy; Astronomer spotlight: NASA’s Dr. Jane Rigby; The Planetary Society explains why we probably can’t terraform Mars; Cool Worlds asks if astronomers should rule out recurrence of the Wow! signal! Extras… Watch The Color of …

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 …

Collection Highlights: The Bond Death Masks

On February 4, 1921, Solon Bailey penned a letter in confirmation of the recent acquisition of two curious objects into the Harvard College Observatory collections. “My dear Mr. Bond,” he wrote, “the plaster casts of Professor William C. Bond and his father, William Bond, are received. The Observatory will care for these casts or dispose …

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 …

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