May Star Notes Updates

Muriel Mussells with a glass plate photograph.

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! 

Currently, we are working on the notebooks of Muriel Mussells. Muriel Mussells Seyfert worked as an astronomer and research assistant at the Harvard College Observatory; her discoveries included ring nebulae in the Milky Way. She continued her work as an astronomer at the Vanderbilt Dyer Observatory in Brentwood, Tennessee after marrying Dr. Carl Seyfert, the founder and director of the observatory. Mussels Seyfert was an avid painter and kept an art studio at the observatory residence in Tennessee. She died in 1997 at the age of 88.

Our next Office Hours will be held on Tuesday, May 11th at 2PM EST. We’ll be hearing from historian Dr. Emily A. Margolis, a curator of American Women’s History at the National Air and Space Museum. You can register for the May Office Hours here

Thanks to everyone who attended our event at the Boston Public Library! Do you know a public library or other group who might be interested in us giving our Star Notes presentation to community members? We are looking to perhaps give our presentation at more public libraries who are interested in citizen science or astronomy. Let us know if you yourself are a librarian, would like to collaborate on a future virtual program, or know that your local library has an interest in astronomy. 

If you’re a volunteer looking to get credit for your work on our project, fill out this Google Form and we will send you a volunteer confirmation on Center for Astrophysics letterhead. As always, if you have any questions for us, or if there’s anything that we can do to help, you can contact us or find us over on the Talk boards. Have a great month! 

Sam and Nico 

Star Notes Team 

Wolbach Library, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics 

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