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Visual Astronomy Display: October 2017

Highlights… Farewell Cassini! Scientists across the globe said goodbye as Saturnian probe gave its final bow and crashed into the atmosphere of the ringed planet; NASA Goddard explores the meaning of the edge of the Solar System; The Parker Solar Probe might provide a definitive answer to one of astronomy’s…

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…

Annie Jump Cannon: Account of the Total Eclipse

[Background Note: Annie Jump Cannon traveled to Virginia Beach, VA to see the total solar eclipse of May 28, 1900. She wrote this journal shortly after observation. The journal is now part of the Papers of Annie Jump Cannon, 1863-1978 collection at the Harvard University Archives (HUGFP 125). This transcription of…

Eclipse Expeditions: From HCO and SAO out into the world

The eclipse of 21 August 2017 offers us the chance to witness a rare and awesome spectacle. The aesthetics of such an event have always excited the casual observer, but astronomers and other scientists often sacrifice the immediate visual beauty for their observations, by which interpretations they can illuminate a…

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…

The First Computer: Williamina Fleming and the Horsehead Nebula

Working by day with glass-plate photographs of the night sky, the Harvard Computers of the late 1800s studied the stars in search of cosmic secrets. First among them was Williamina Fleming, an immigrant maid from Scotland. Her career in astronomy is highlighted by discoveries, stellar classification, and a work ethic…

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…

Follow Phaedra on Social Media

We’ve created Twitter and Instagram accounts to keep you updated on Project Phaedra! Follow to learn more about our journey processing this collection, when new materials are available for transcription, and whatever neat highlights we find along the way. We’ve just sent our first batch of notebooks off to 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…