September Star Notes Update

promotional poster for Phaedra Office Hours featuring 3 book covers

Hi everyone,

Hope you’re doing well! We’re so thankful for the hard work of our volunteers; we know it’s been a busy summer, so thanks for spending some of it with us! We still have the remaining notebooks of Frances Woodworth Wright on our project, but look out for the notebooks of Margaret Walton Mayall next. And for any teachers and students going back to school this month, we have a variety of materials related to the Harvard Computers on the Smithsonian Learning Lab. Check out our collections on Annie Jump Cannon, Henrietta Swan Leavitt, Williamina Fleming, and more!

We are excited to announce our upcoming Office Hours: the Project PHaEDRA Fall Author Series. Just like with our Summer Art Series, during our fall virtual Office Hours we’ll be hearing from three authors who have written about the Harvard Computers. The first of the Fall Author Series is this month, on Tuesday September 14th at 2PM EDT. We’ll be hearing from authors Kirsten Larson and Katherine Roy about their upcoming children’s book The Fire of Stars: The Life and Brilliance of the Woman Who Discovered What Stars Are Made Of, about the life of Cecilia Payne-Gaposchkin. Register here for this free event on September 14th! As always, feel free to bring questions related to Project PHaEDRA as well. If you missed our August Office Hours with artist Erike Blumenfeld, you can watch the recording here. 

As part of the Fall Author Series, we’ll also be hearing from science author Dava Sobel on Tuesday, October 12th. Sobel’s popular 2016 book, The Glass Universe, brought the story of the Harvard Computers and early female astronomers to the public eye. And in November, author and journalist George Johnson will be discussing his biography on Henrietta Swan Leavitt, titled Miss Leavitt’s Stars. You can find more information about all of the authors and books 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 We invite you to take our anonymous survey, if you haven’t already.This survey is completely anonymous and won’t be used by the Zooniverse platform in any way. 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. Have a great month! 

Sam and Nico 

Star Notes Team 

Wolbach Library, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics 

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