October Zooniverse Update

Computer punch card found in a Dorrit Hoffleit notebook. Hoffleit’s pages are being finished up this month on Zooniverse.

Hi everyone!

            Sam and Nico here, the researchers behind Star Notes. We hope you are all doing well. There are now over 5,000 volunteers on our project! This is a major milestone for us. We’re lucky to have so many dedicated contributors from around the world.

            We’re in the last month of pages for Dorrit Hoffleit, so once those are finished up, that will be the end of her notebook pages. But we still have plenty of pages from Annie Jump Cannon and Evelyn Leland, so you can continue to engage with their notebook pages for a long time. And remember, you can always view all of the digitized notebooks on our website with our Project PHaEDRA Finding Aid.

            If you’re a teacher or student, we recently uploaded educational materials to the Smithsonian Learning Lab, which is a platform that connects educators with lesson plans and collections from many Smithsonian museums and libraries. We currently have two collections about Henrietta Swan Leavitt up, and we’re looking to add more collections this month. If you’ve been helping out with Star Notes, you might be interested in checking out some other resources about these astronomers.

Later this month, we’re looking to add a new astronomer to our project: Henrietta Swope. She started working for Dr. Harlow Shapley at the Harvard College Observatory in 1926. She eventually went on to work for MIT and Barnard College. Swope received the Annie Jump Cannon Award from the American Astronomical Society in 1968. 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.

Sam and Nico

Star Notes Team

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