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 community of volunteers.            

First off, we’d like to share that we will be having a Project PHaEDRA Virtual Office Hour on Tuesday, November 10th at 2pm EST. There will be a brief overview of Project PHaEDRA projects (which includes Star Notes), and then the remaining time will be spent answering questions. If you have questions for us, feel free to stop by any time during the hour! The Office Hour Zoom link can be found here.

As we mentioned last time, we have been uploading educational materials to the Smithsonian Learning Lab about the Harvard Computers and other astronomers that are mentioned in the Star Notes project. We’ve added to the Henrietta Swan Leavitt collections with Annie Jump Cannon Biographical Digital Resources and another collection about Astronomical Observational Images.  If you’ve been helping out with Star Notes, you might be interested in checking out some other resources about these astronomers.

In the last few weeks, we’ve added Henrietta Swope and Ida Woods to Star Notes.  Henrietta Swope started working at the Harvard College Observatory in  1926 and, while working there, received a Masters in Astronomy from Radcliffe College in 1928. Swope eventually went on to work at MIT and Barnard College. Ida Woods started working as a computer at Harvard after graduating from Wellesley College in 1893. Some of her publications include “Fifty New Variable Stars in the Southern Milky Way” (1926) and “The Southern Station of the Harvard Observatory” (1927).

Lastly,  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.

Sam and Nico

Star Notes Team

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