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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 Community Coordinator for Star Notes …

“The Theory of Light” by Thomas Preston

Dr. Thomas Preston (1860-1900) was an Irish scientist, notable for his 1897 discovery of the Anomalous Zeeman Effect. In addition to his work in magnetism and spectroscopy, Preston was an adept textbook author during the late-19th century when the emerging professionalization of the sciences elicited demand for formal educational materials. He published two well-known physics …

August Star Notes Update

Hi everyone, Hope you’re all doing well! As always, we really appreciate your dedication as volunteers. We currently have the notebooks of Frances Woodworth Wright on our project. Wright (1897-1989) earned a Bachelor’s degree from Brown in 1920 and received a PhD in astronomy from Barnard in 1958. She taught at Elmira College before starting …

“A New Method of Finding a Ship’s Position at Sea” by Capt. Thomas H. Sumner

On November 25, 1837, American sea captain, Thomas H. Sumner, departed Charleston, South Carolina on a ship bound for Greenlock, Scotland. While en route, he discovered a new methodology in celestial navigation, later eponymously titled, the “Sumner line” or the circle of equal altitude. On December 17th, after days of overcast skies and poor visibility, …

CfA Special Collections: A Blog Series

The John G. Wolbach Library at the Harvard & Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics is a research library with large historical collections documenting the history of the Harvard College Observatory, the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory, and the history of astronomical study in the United States more broadly. Included in the library are non-circulating special collections materials which …

July Star Notes Update

Hi everyone, Happy summer! Thanks so much for your hard work on the project–we are so grateful for everything our volunteers have done! We currently have the notebooks of Mollie O’Reilly on our project. Mollie O’Reilly worked at the Harvard College Observatory from 1906-1918. She became Mrs. Mollie Sloan in 1918. We don’t have a …

June Star Notes Update

Hi everyone, Hope you’re all doing well! Thanks so much for your continued efforts on our project.  Martha Borton’s notebooks were completed quickly; as always, we’re amazed by the continuous support from our volunteers. We currently have Mary Fowler’s notebooks on the project. Fowler’s work mostly focused on lunar plates.  We are excited to announce …

May Star Notes Updates

Hi everyone, Hope you’re all doing well! Thanks so much for your continued efforts on our project. We’re at 8,000 volunteers on Star Notes, which is a huge milestone! We were recently able to complete all the notebooks of  Ida Woods and Hannah Locke. Locke’s notebooks were completed in just one week, which is amazing!  …