A logbook page with a star diagram labeled "field for faint comparison stars" for Nova Cygni 1948, from J.R.G.'s notebook titled "Variable Measures" from 1950. (image: phaedra2558)

September 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 beginning of fall! 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.

Thanks to all of your hard work, we have completed the first phase of Star Notes, and have moved on to the second phase! We are now asking 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 new findings! Additionally, the notebooks we are currently transcribing on the Smithsonian Transcription Center belong to Williamina P. Fleming and Evelyn F. Leland.  

Our next office hour meeting will be September 27th at 2pm, and will feature staff from the Plate Stacks here at the Wolbach Library, Samantha Notick and Elizabeth Coquillette, who will speak about the research they have been compiling on all of the women astronomical computers that have worked at the Harvard College Observatory! Samantha and Elizabeth have been working on creating biographies for the women, and a webpage where these biographies are publicly accessible. We hope to see you there to learn more about their work! You can register for the Zoom meeting here.

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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