October Star Notes Update

Hello everyone,

This is Sydney and Nico, Star Notes and Project PHaEDRA researchers. We hope you are all doing well, and enjoying the autumn! As always, thank you for remaining interested in our work and for volunteering your time to help with our research! We appreciate your effort to learn about the history of women in astronomy, as well as preserve the research of the Harvard College Observatory.

To celebrate the completion of the first phase of Star Notes on the Zooniverse, we will be publishing a commemorative book, and we would like your help in writing it! At the next Office Hour on Tuesday, October 25th at 2pm, we would like to hear your feedback on our plans for the book, and ask how you would like to contribute. For example, we are open to interviews, guest essays, contributor lists, and your ideas! Register for the next Office Hour here.

The second phase of Star Notes asks volunteers to identify any non-textual material in the PHaEDRA logbooks, including astronomical sketches, graphs, and inserted material! As always, we are available on the talk boards to answer any questions you may have about the new workflow, as well as discuss your interesting new findings! Additionally, the notebooks we are currently transcribing on the Smithsonian Transcription Center belong to Williamina P. Fleming and Evelyn F. Leland.  

If you’re a volunteer looking to get credit for your work on our project, please fill out this Google Form to receive a volunteer confirmation on Center for Astrophysics letterhead (you will need to sign in to a Google account to submit the form. If you don’t have a Google account, you can send an email to sydney.evans@cfa.harvard.edu). 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 on the talk boards. Have a great month!

Sydney and Nico
Star Notes Team 
Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics 
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