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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…

Interested in Project PHAEDRA?

The history the HCO is coming together before our eyes. With the many different catalogues of the PHAEDRA items that were composed over the past 40 years, we have been hard at work to find any books missing from our collection. Already, we recovered one orphan notebook from Widener Library’s holdings at Harvard…

Updates on Project PHAEDRA

Over the past few months, our library staff has been working hard to unravel the mysteries of Project PHAEDRA. Consisting of over 100 boxes recently rediscovered that contain Harvard College Observatory’s notebooks, journals, and observations from the nineteenth century, this material has the potential to reveal aspects of the Observatory’s…

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

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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…