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Category Archives: Wolbach Library

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. …

Visual Astronomy Display: May 2021

image of comet NEOWISE

The Wolbach Library wishes good health to everyone during this global crisis. Highlights… Hear the Greek myth of Menippe and Metioche, which explains the origin of comets; Listen to a radio emission recorded in Venus’ atmosphere; Adler Planetarium shows off their mobile telescope in the streets of Chicago; See Curiosity’s shot of a 360 degree…

Visual Astronomy Display: April 2021

The Wolbach Library wishes good health to everyone during this global crisis. Highlights… Seeker explains the ISS’s NICER instrument’s relationship to sextants; ESA proposes recruiting astronauts with disabilities or parastronauts; Dr. Beth Biller discussed the future of photographing exoplanets; SciShow breaks down an alternative hypothesis concerning Mars’ disappearing oceans; Three…

Visual Astronomy Display: March 2021

This high-resolution still image is part of a video taken by several cameras as NASA’s Perseverance rover touched down on Mars on Feb. 18, 2021. A camera aboard the descent stage captured this shot.

The Wolbach Library wishes good health to everyone during this global crisis. Highlights… SciShow breaks down what’s next for NASA’s Perseverance rover; It’s Okay To Be Smart explains the connection between the theory of special relativity and neuroscience; PBS Space Time reviews the possible discovery of the gravitational wave background;   Seeker discusses the…

Visual Astronomy Display: January 2021

This true-color simulated view of Jupiter is composed of 4 images taken by NASA's Cassini spacecraft on December 7, 2000.

The Wolbach Library wishes good health to everyone during this global crisis. Highlights… Watch footage of last month’s conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn; Learn how Hubble schedules its observation of the outer planets; Cool Worlds breaks down the implications of potential signal from Proxima Centauri; See views of the surface of Mars…

Visual Astronomy Display: December 2020

Image of NGC 3432, a orange and blue spiral galaxy

The Wolbach Library wishes good health to everyone during this global crisis. Highlights… Learn how this next-gen satellite will 3D print itself in space; SciShow explains how radioactivity makes planets habitable;   The connection between baryon acoustic oscillations and galaxy formation; PBS Space Time asks if time can be reversed; Fermilab considers the…

Visual Astronomy Display: November 2020

image of Earth's moon

The Wolbach Library wishes good health to everyone during this global crisis. Happy election day! Highlights… How much water is there on the Moon? Dr. Katie Mack’s new book The End of Everything (Astrophysically Speaking) hypothesizes about the end of the universe;   PBS SpaceTime investigates if the past and future exist; FermiLab…

Visual Astronomy Display: October 2020

Image of the planet Venus

The Wolbach Library wishes good health to everyone during this unprecedented global crisis. Highlights… The 2020 October night sky features two full moons and views of Mars and the Andromeda galaxy; How Henrietta Swan Leavitt’s discovery of Cepheids helps astronomers measure distance; Spanish land-imaging mission SEOSAT-Ingenio soon to be launched;…

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…

Visual Astronomy Display: September 2020

The Wolbach Library wishes good health to everyone during this unprecedented global crisis. Highlights… Why auroras can appear like pearl necklaces; Musician Beck uses NASA images and artificial intelligence to create cosmic art; Building a Venus rover with no electronic components; See Mars and Venus in the September sky; Fermilab…