Sam and Nico here, the researchers behind Star Notes. We hope you are all doing well as the summer comes to a close. It’s been 8 months since the launch of our project, and we’re very grateful for everyone who assists with Star Notes. We appreciate your diligence and assistance as we continue to learn together.
Since our last update, we’ve added the astronomer Evelyn Leland to the project, and I’m sure many of you have looked through her pages already. Leland worked at the Harvard College Observatory from 1889-1925. She calculated stellar spectra and became an expert on variable stars. Based on this work with variable stars, she co-authored Harvard Observatory publications such as “20 New Variable Stars in Harvard Map, Nos. 2, 5, 32, 44, and 53”. Leland passed away in 1930 at the age of 60.
In August, you all completed the pages for not one, but two astronomers! The notebooks for Adelaide Ames, whom we introduced in our last newsletter, and Williamina Fleming have been completed. Like the Henrietta Swan Leavitt notebooks that have been completed, we will be using computer scripts to clean up and analyze the data that has been collected. This brings our total number of astronomers who have had all of their notebooks tagged up to three. We’re amazed by all of your work!
For those going back to school this month, we wish you a safe return in whichever format that may be. Let us know if you will be using Star Notes for educational purposes, or if you’d like more astronomy resources for teaching or for class. 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