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Introducing the Visual Astronomy Display

I’m excited to share a new project I’ve been working on at the Wolbach Library recently: The Visual Astronomy Display. Basically, it is a large screen monitor showing a curated list of YouTube videos about astronomy.  The playlist, usually running about an hour and a half to two hours, is…

John G. Wolbach Library

John G. Wolbach Library, 60 Garden Street, Cambridge, MA

The John G. Wolbach Library combines the collections of the Harvard College Observatory (HCO) Library and the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory (SAO) Library, forming one of the world’s preeminent astronomical collections. The joint collection is known as the John G. Wolbach Library at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. The principal subject areas contained within…

Asteroid 433 Eros, Part 3

The late 1800s and early 1900s was an era of immense astronomical focus on 433 Eros. During this time at Harvard College Observatory, a series of documents called Circulars were disseminated as a way to publish discoveries and other important findings by the observatory. One thing to note when reading…

Asteroid 433 Eros, Part 2

As explored in the previous post, asteroid 433 Eros was an area of major study at the turn of the 19th century. The first goal of studying Eros, in 1899, was to generate an accurate ephemeris for the asteroid. This feat was first accomplished by Chandler and Fleming of the…

Asteroid 433 Eros, Part 1

Spitzer Surveys Dozens of Near-Earth Asteroids

On August 13, 1898, astronomers Gustav Witt and Auguste H.B. Charlois independently discovered an asteroid which would become a focal point of numerous studies throughout the next century, 433 Eros. Eros was the first near-Earth asteroid (NEA) to be discovered, crossing the orbit of Mars, and is amongst the largest…

Zenodo: A new grey literature and data publication solution from CERN

I’ve been with the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics as the Head Librarian for 3+ years, but a patron request that the John G. Wolbach Library received during my first few weeks still clings to the back of mind. It involved a graduate student simply wishing to submit her dissertation to…

Every Star Speaks for Itself

Every Star Speaks for Itself: Williamina Fleming and the Work of the Harvard College Observatory by Maria C. McEachern In collaboration with fellow John G. Wolbach Library colleagues:  Michael R. Blake, Amy L. Cohen, Christopher C. Erdmann and William L. Graves To those with merely a cursory interest, the marks on the…

Unified Astronomy Thesaurus

The Unified Astronomy Thesaurus (UAT) is an open, interoperable and community-supported thesaurus of astronomical and astrophysical concepts and their relationships.  It unifies existing divergent and isolated astronomy and astrophysics thesauri into a single high-quality, freely-available open thesaurus formalizing astronomical concepts and their inter-relationships.  We expect that the Unified Astronomy Thesaurus…