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Wolbach Library Fair

Inspired by the magic of Scholastic Book Fairs, the Wolbach Library invites the CFA community to participate in the first ever Wolbach Library Fair on December 6th, 2022, from 1-4PM. The Fair will connect you with library resources and initiatives while showcasing our archival collections and giving you the chance to win a few books …

Layers of semi-opaque red colored gas and dust, bottom left, with three prominent pillars rise toward the top right. The left pillar is the largest and widest, the second and third pillars are set off in darker shades of brown and have red outlines.

Visual Astronomy Display: November 2022

Highlights… See the new Webb images of the “Pillars of Creation”; How to see the Blood Moon lunar eclipse on November 8th; Watch a timelapse of Rome’s partial solar eclipse; Learn the history behind the camera used during the Apollo 11 mission; Cool Worlds asks: what if we could extend the lifespan of stars? Playlist …

Swirling reds, whites, and light yellows mix around in front of a starry sky.

Visual Astronomy Display: October 2022

Highlights… Highlights…See the Tarantula Nebula views captured by the JWST; Learn how observations of lunar eclipses helped ancient astronomers; Star Wars’ X-wing soon to be on display at National Air and Space Museum; PBS SpaceTime breaks down the mysteries of the Fine Structure Constant; Minute Physics discusses: what if Pluto was entirely made of plutonium?\ …

Jupiter dominates the black background of space. The planet is striated with swirling horizontal stripes of neon turquoise, periwinkle, light pink, and cream. The stripes interact and mix at their edges like cream in coffee. Along both of the poles, the planet glows in turquoise. Bright orange auroras glow just above the planet’s surface at both poles.

Visual Astronomy Display: September 2022

Highlights… Sky watching tips for September; Atomic clocks have recorded the fastest-ever day on Earth; Watch lightning strike near the Artemis I moon rocket; See Jupiter’s rings in new images from the JWST; PBS SpaceTime asks: what If dark energy is a new quantum field? Extras: Read NASA’s graphic novel The First Woman,the fictional tale …

2022 image taken by the JSWT. Three galaxies cluster in the middle of the picture. A smaller galaxy sits below them. All of the galaxies are surrounded by a black void dotted with stars of various sizes and colors.

Visual Astronomy Display: August 2022

Highlights… SciShow reviews the first JWST images; Learn the history of Virginia Norwood and the development of the first space-based multispectral scanner; Watch China’s Wentian lab dock with the Tiangong space station; PBS SpaceTime explains how we define states of matter; Cool Worlds asks: “Can Moons Have Moons?” Playlist Archive Suggestions, Comments, or Questions

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 …

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 …

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

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

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.

Visual Astronomy Display: March 2022

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 there so few Black astronomers?“ …