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 progress bar on the front page of our project isn’t an accurate representation of how much of this project has been completed so far. We have been making the decision to upload notebook pages in batches to the project site, rather than all at once. That being said, we’ve been trying to look at our current data to determine an accurate timeline. Based on Nico’s calculations, 70,000 pages have been completed so far in Star Notes since our launch last January. We believe this indicates that the Star Notes project is currently about ⅓ of the way done.
Our next Office Hours will be held on Tuesday, December 8th at 2pm EST. We’ll be on Zoom for an hour to answer questions or chat. You can stop by anytime during the hour. During the first ten minutes, we’ll hear from the curator of the astronomical glass plates. Register here for the Zoom link!
Star Notes has also been included in Into the Zooniverse: Volume 2, which is a book series published by Zooniverse that highlights some of the projects on the platform. We’re really honored to be included in the 2020 volume of the book. You can find the pdf for download here. Star Notes is on page 40!
Lastly, we’ve uploaded the last of our educational materials to the Smithsonian Learning Lab about the Harvard Computers and other female astronomers, including a collection about Cecilia Payne-Gaposchkin. If you’ve been helping out with Star Notes, you might be interested in checking out some other resources about these astronomers.
Sam and Nico
Star Notes Team