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Category Archives: Historical

Cultural Astronomy Series: The Cosmic Mirror

This essay is part of our on-going series on Cultural Astronomy, which will address cultural and historical themes in astronomy with the hope of developing open and informed discussion on the complex, historically-rooted challenges facing our community. What does SETI have to do with issues of culture, equity, and justice?…

Introducing the Cultural Astronomy Blog Series

What skills are required to work as a professional astronomer? The question on its surface sounds easy enough to answer. A typical response might include “a strong grasp of physics”, “knowledge of coding languages”, or perhaps even “analytic thinking”. Yet these answers neglect to recognise another aspect of a career…

March Star Notes Newsletter

tan notebook page with Margaret Harwood signature

Hi everyone, Sam and Nico here, the Star Notes researchers. Hope you’re all doing well! The current astronomer that we have up on our project is Sarah Breslin. It’s Women’s History Month, and we’re looking forward to showcasing the ways in which the women at the Harvard College Observatory impacted…

February Star Notes Newsletter

black nd white image of Cambridge observatory

Hi everyone, Sam and Nico here, the Star Notes researchers. Hope you’re all doing well! Thanks to your efforts, we’ve finished going through all of the notebooks of Henrietta Hill Swope! As you might have seen from our last newsletter, we have a new format where we’re only working on…

January Star Notes Newsletter

tan graph paper with reseau drawn on the pge

Hi everyone, Sam and Nico here, the Star Notes researchers. Happy New Year! Thank you all for your dedication and hard work during the last year! We really appreciate the wonderful community that is associated with this project. We hope you’re all having a nice holiday season. You can view…

December Zooniverse Update

list of Computers and their contributions to Mrs. Bailey's Xmas Gift

Hi all, Sam and Nico here, the researchers behind Star Notes. We hope you are all healthy and doing well. As the holiday season approaches, we hope you’re able to take some time for yourself and your loved ones, especially this year.  As many of you are probably aware, the…

Project PHaEDRA on the Smithsonian Learning Lab

The Wolbach Library has recently uploaded educational materials to the Smithsonian Learning Lab, which is a platform that connects educators with lesson plans and collections from many Smithsonian museums and libraries. Educators can search by age level, subject, or Common Core State Standards. The collections published by the Wolbach Library…

November Zooniverse Update

Hi all, Sam and Nico here, the researchers behind Star Notes. We hope you are all doing well. You have all finished up the pages for Dorrit Hoffleit, which is so exciting! We’ve worked through the notebooks of a few astronomers already, and we’re glad to have such a dedicated…

October Zooniverse Update

Hi everyone!             Sam and Nico here, the researchers behind Star Notes. We hope you are all doing well. There are now over 5,000 volunteers on our project! This is a major milestone for us. We’re lucky to have so many dedicated contributors from around the world.             We’re in…

Learning Lab Collections

Henrietta Swan Leavitt at her desk

Today, the Wolbach Library has started publishing online educational collections on the Smithsonian Learning Lab platform. Project PHaEDRA is an initiative by the Wolbach Library, in collaboration with partners, to catalog, digitize, transcribe, and develop the metadata of over 2500 logbooks and notebooks produced by the Harvard Computers and early…