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Introducing the Cultural Astronomy Blog Series

What skills are required to work as a professional astronomer? The question on its surface sounds easy enough to answer. A typical response might include “a strong grasp of physics”, “knowledge of coding languages”, or perhaps even “analytic thinking”. Yet these answers neglect to recognise another aspect of a career…

March Star Notes Newsletter

tan notebook page with Margaret Harwood signature

Hi everyone, Sam and Nico here, the Star Notes researchers. Hope you’re all doing well! The current astronomer that we have up on our project is Sarah Breslin. It’s Women’s History Month, and we’re looking forward to showcasing the ways in which the women at the Harvard College Observatory impacted…

Visual Astronomy Display: March 2021

This high-resolution still image is part of a video taken by several cameras as NASA’s Perseverance rover touched down on Mars on Feb. 18, 2021. A camera aboard the descent stage captured this shot.

The Wolbach Library wishes good health to everyone during this global crisis. Highlights… SciShow breaks down what’s next for NASA’s Perseverance rover; It’s Okay To Be Smart explains the connection between the theory of special relativity and neuroscience; PBS Space Time reviews the possible discovery of the gravitational wave background;   Seeker discusses the…

February Star Notes Newsletter

black nd white image of Cambridge observatory

Hi everyone, Sam and Nico here, the Star Notes researchers. Hope you’re all doing well! Thanks to your efforts, we’ve finished going through all of the notebooks of Henrietta Hill Swope! As you might have seen from our last newsletter, we have a new format where we’re only working on…

Visual Astronomy Display: January 2021

This true-color simulated view of Jupiter is composed of 4 images taken by NASA's Cassini spacecraft on December 7, 2000.

The Wolbach Library wishes good health to everyone during this global crisis. Highlights… Watch footage of last month’s conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn; Learn how Hubble schedules its observation of the outer planets; Cool Worlds breaks down the implications of potential signal from Proxima Centauri; See views of the surface of Mars…

January Star Notes Newsletter

tan graph paper with reseau drawn on the pge

Hi everyone, Sam and Nico here, the Star Notes researchers. Happy New Year! Thank you all for your dedication and hard work during the last year! We really appreciate the wonderful community that is associated with this project. We hope you’re all having a nice holiday season. You can view…

December Zooniverse Update

list of Computers and their contributions to Mrs. Bailey's Xmas Gift

Hi all, 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…

Visual Astronomy Display: December 2020

Image of NGC 3432, a orange and blue spiral galaxy

The Wolbach Library wishes good health to everyone during this global crisis. Highlights… Learn how this next-gen satellite will 3D print itself in space; SciShow explains how radioactivity makes planets habitable;   The connection between baryon acoustic oscillations and galaxy formation; PBS Space Time asks if time can be reversed; Fermilab considers the…

Project PHaEDRA on the Smithsonian Learning Lab

The Wolbach Library has 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. Educators can search by age level, subject, or Common Core State Standards. The collections published by the Wolbach Library…

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…