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Visual Astronomy Display: September 2017

Visual Astronomy Display for September 2017 Highlights… Annie Jump Cannon, a pioneering and record-setting astronomer at a time when women couldn’t even vote, is featured at My Girl Heroes; Even though we know a lot about Mars, the Red Planet still holds many mysteries, SciShowSpace explains; Cassini gears up for…

Visual Astronomy Display: August 2017

Visual Astronomy Display for August 2017 Highlights… The solar eclipse of August 21, 2017 is nearly here! Learn all about what it is and how you can enjoy watching it in this month’s play list!; SciShowSpace explores how Vera Rubin discovered the first direct evidence of Dark Matter; NASA will…

Visual Astronomy Display: July 2017

Visual Astronomy Display for July 2017 Highlights… NASA JPL features a video about the Asteroid Hunters of the Catalina Sky Survey and PanSTARRS; Amy from Vintage Space explains why there are no stars visible in Apollo images taken on the Moon; Meet the newest astronauts at NASA!; Ariel Waldman shares…

Visual Astronomy Display: June 2017

Visual Astronomy Display for June 2017 Highlights… In addition to the above image, Science@NASA shares other amazing pictures of the largest planet in our solar system from amateur and professional astronomers alike; Active Galactic Videos shares five facts about Saturn; Heads up solar astronomers! In 2018 NASA will launch the…

Visual Astronomy Display: May 2017

Visual Astronomy Display for May 2017 Highlights… The Hubble Space Telescope brings us more evidence for water vapor plumes on Europa; Cassini takes a historic dive through the narrow gap between the planet Saturn and its rings, returning images for its closest look at Saturn’s atmosphere; NASA’s Kennedy Space Center…

New Guide to Data Archiving and Sharing

The Wolbach Library has developed a guide to archiving and sharing research data. You can find it posted on the library’s website. Why would you want to put your data on the web? First, archiving a copy of your data in another physical location–on somebody else’s server–is a great way…

Visual Astronomy Display: April 2017

Visual Astronomy Display for April 2017 Highlights… Planners at NASA’s Payload Operations Integration Center share how they decide what to tell the crew of the International Space Station what to do every day; Have you ever wondered how the Apollo astronauts learned to land on the Moon? Vintage Space did…

Visual Astronomy Display: March 2017

Visual Astronomy Display for March 2017 Highlights… The big news this month is all about TRAPPIST-1, the system of 7 Earth-sized planets orbiting a red dwarf 39 light years away; Have you ever heard the crackling sound of a meteor burning across the sky? DNews explores this unexpected phenomena; Cassini…

Visual Astronomy Display: February 2017

Visual Astronomy Display for February 2017 Highlights… NASA scientists analyze data from 6300 weather stations, sea surface temperature measurements and Antarctic research stations to determine how the average surface temperature of Earth is increasing; Astronaut Christina Koch talks about the Space Launch System, which will take astronauts beyond the International…

UAT v.2.0.0 Released

Today we are releasing Version 2.0.0 of the Unified Astronomy Thesaurus. This release cleans up minor errors, such as duplicate concepts and preferred label consistency. We have also changed all concept IDs to numeric identifiers, a change that will facilitate editing and management of the UAT going forward. Overview of…

A CryptoParty!

Just before the holiday break, partners from across Harvard, including the Wolbach Library, came together to host a Holiday CryptoParty. CryptoParties are, at their core, workshops at which attendees learn about privacy, security, and cryptography concepts and tools. This first (we think!) annual Harvard CryptoParty featured a theme: “Privacy, surveillance,…

Visual Astronomy Display: January 2017

Visual Astronomy Display for January 2017 Highlights… When Jocelyn Bell Burnell first discovered a pulsar in 1967, she wasn’t sure what to make of them. SciShowSpace explains how scientists figured out what they were and how they worked; Lettuce is growing on board the International Space Station once again; A…

Visual Astronomy Display: December 2016

Visual Astronomy Display for December 2016 Highlights… The Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum recounts the precarious re-entry of the Friendship 7 when it was thought that it’s heat shield was loose; David Eicher of Astronomy Magazine clears up rumors of an “Earth-like” planet orbiting the nearest star to our…

Status of the UAT Project

This is a short summary update of the status of the UAT project. http://astrothesaurus.org/ — 1) UAT v1.1.0 Published Online A few weeks ago we published version 1.1.0 to Research Vocabularies Australia (RVA), a controlled vocabulary discovery service from the Australian National Data Service (ANDS).  We’ve been collaborating with ANDS…

New Leisure Reading Collection in Wolbach Library!

We’re happy to announce that Wolbach’s staff have created a small physical leisure reading collection that is now available for circulation You can check out what’s available here on LibraryThing! We hope you take a moment to take a breath and stop by to check out the collection. We’re also…

Visual Astronomy Display: November 2016

Visual Astronomy Display for November 2016 Highlights… Images and reports on Schiaparelli’s trip to Mars; Rapidly spinning ‘pumpkin’ stars as seen by the Kepler and Swift missions; Insight Astronomy Photos of the Year winner and award ceremony; A trio of supermoons rounds out the year; and This month Phil Plait…

Halloween Rifting

Blood Moon image

This Monday come try out the Library’s new Origin laptop with the Oculus Rift! The Origin will be available for checkout on Tuesday, so be the first to give it a try! We hope that by providing new types of shared resources like the Origin and Oculus that the CfA…

New Ways of Seeing: Exploring Cameras

camera diagram

Tech Talk @ Cabot is a new weekly event series taking place in the Cabot Science Library on Wednesdays from 3-4pm. Wolbach will be participating in these sessions and showcasing parts of our Devices Collection! Stop by, have some fun, and learn about creative tools and technologies to support the…

Visual Astronomy Display: October 2016

Visual Astronomy Display for October 2016 Highlights… Out of ten observations, Hubble saw what may be water vapor plumes on Europa in three of the images; Rosetta’s fairy tale story is coming to a close as the spacecraft starts preparing to descend to the comet for the end of it’s…

New Research Tools portal

The Wolbach Library recently launched a new Research Tools portal, http://www.researchtools.altbibl.io. Here you can browse recommended tools pertaining to all parts of your research workflow by name or category, in list or tile format, and learn about use cases, tutorials, blog posts and more. You can access this page using…

Learn Something New at Wolbach!

We invite you to register for the following upcoming workshops taking place in Wolbach Library! Click the links below to register! GitHub – Oct. 12 from 10-2 (last hour for support and questions): http://bit.ly/github_cfa16 AstroPy – Nov. 15 from 10-4: http://bit.ly/astropy_cfa16 Jupyter – Dec. 7 from 1-3: http://bit.ly/jupyter_cfa16 After registering you will be contacted soon after to…

Visual Astronomy Display: September 2016

Visual Astronomy Display for September 2016 Highlights… The adventure of coffee in space continues as scientists and astronauts do further delicious experiments with the newly designed capillary flow cups; Bill Nye (the Science Guy) explains how Jupiter helped to mix and blend the elements present in the interstellar dust of…

Introducing ORCID @ CfA!

ORCID® (Open Researcher and Contributor ID) iDs are unique, persistent identifiers for researchers. Why sign up for an ORCID iD? This author identification tool is an effort that is being supported by libraries, publishers, and funders to help connect researchers to their works. Some publishers and funders already require ORCID…

Visual Astronomy Display: August 2016

Visual Astronomy Display for August 2016 Highlights… The Rosetta mission is at an end as the European Space Agency plans for a controlled descent into the surface of comet 67P; This month Phil Plait teaches us about black holes and neutron stars in his Astronomy Crash Course series. Joe Hanson…