Section of plate AX01958 showing Haley’s Comet

Welcome to the Galactic Gazette, a blog run by the staff of the John G. Wolbach Library and HCO Glass Plates Stacks at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics.

In accordance with the mission and guiding principles of the Library and Plate Stacks, the Gazette serves to foster conversation in the astrophysics community, connect the community with informational and professional resources, contextualize the history of astronomy, and share what we do with the public.

The John G. Wolbach Library houses both Harvard College Observatory and Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory collections, forming one of the world’s preeminent astronomical libraries. Wolbach is also the home of Harvard’s Astronomical Photographic Glass Plate Collection. To learn more about the Wolbach Library, visit:


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