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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

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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

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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…

Introducing Project PHAEDRA!

Project PHAEDRA: Preserving Harvard’s Early Data and Research in Astronomy Recently, research material originally produced during the mid-to-late 19th century and early 20th century by researchers at the Harvard College Observatory was re-discovered in the HCO Plate Stacks holdings. These early notebooks and other materials are absolutely irreplaceable. The material represents…

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…

CfA Bibliography for July 2016

Refereed articles published by CfA authors in July 2016 (View this list in ADS Bumblebee to filter, analyze, view, export, and sort)

Visual Astronomy Display: July 2016

Visual Astronomy Display for July 2016 Highlights… Venus has an electric wind strong enough to remove the components of water from its upper atmosphere, a phenomena that may have helped to strip the planet of its oceans; SciShowSpace discuses the new techniques astronomers have used to find the 1,284 recently…

CfA Bibliography for June 2016

Refereed articles published by CfA authors in June 2016 (View this list in ADS Bumblebee to filter, analyze, view, export, and sort)  

Visual Astronomy Display: June 2016

Visual Astronomy Display for June 2016 Highlights… On May 16th, elementary school students at St. Thomas More Cathedral School watched the St. Thomas More (STM)Sat-1, the first CubeSat built by elementary school students, deploy from the International Space Station; As Mars neared opposition (the time when it would be closest…

CfA Bibliography for May 2016

Refereed articles published by CfA authors in May 2016 (View this list in ADS Bumblebee to filter, analyze, view, export, and sort)

Docker Training in the Library

On May 9th the Wolbach library hosted a training on Docker, a development tool that allows users to package up a piece of software within the environment necessary to run that software (including all of its dependencies) into a single unit, called a container. This can aid in sharing software,…

Visual Astronomy Display: May 2016

Visual Astronomy Display for May 2016 Highlights… The Hubble Space Telescope photographs a large bubble being blown in space by a super-hot, massive star; The story of the Hinode telescope as told by LEGOs; Phil Plait talks about the nearly 2000 exoplanets that have been discovered to date in one…

CfA Bibliography for April 2016

Refereed articles published by CfA authors in April 2016 (View this list in ADS Bumblebee to filter, analyze, view, export, and sort)

Visual Astronomy Display: April 2016

Visual Astronomy Display for April 2016 Highlights… NASA’s Deep Space Climate Observatory, orbiting 1 million miles from Earth captures a mind blowing view of a solar eclipse; Scientists at Goddard Space Flight Center use slight fluctuations in satellite orbits to map the gravity field of Mars, providing insights into the…

CfA Bibliography for March 2016

Refereed articles published by CfA authors in March 2016 (View this list in ADS Bumblebee to filter, analyze, view, export, and sort)

JupyterDays Day 2

JupyterDays day two was filled with more talks and demonstrations from the event speakers. The running theme throughout day two was integrating Jupyter Notebooks into your already existing workflows to solve problems. The morning started out with an introduction to Docker by Jonas Rosland, a Developer Advocate at EMC {code}. Jonas clarified…

JupyterDays Day 1!

Welcome to Jupyter Days Boston 2016 Day 1! This post will cover the highlights of the first day of the meeting. The event is taking place at the Harvard Law School and is organized by Project Jupyter, O”Reilly Media, and the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics Library. Follow along on Twitter #JupyterDays. The day started…

Librarians in Space!

As an astronomy library, we like to press to the edges of modern librarianship to explore strange new technology, to seek out new services and new innovations, to boldly go where (almost) no library has gone before… space, the final frontier. In order to make this dream a reality, we…