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Journal of Williamina Paton Fleming Curator of Astronomical Photographs. Harvard College Observatory

[Background Note: The “Chest of 1900” was a time-capsule project to document everyday life at Harvard University for the month of March 1900. Many project participants contributed diaries; below is that of Williamina Paton Fleming, Curator of Astronomical Photographs at the Harvard College Observatory. Raphaelle Lapotre transcribed the journal during…

Visual Astronomy Display: May 2015

Visual Astronomy Display for May 2015 Highlights… Hubble celebrated its 25th anniversary on April 24th, so this month’s playlist is peppered with videos about the great space telescope; NASA’s Innovative Advanced Concepts program is studying the feasibility of tensegrity robots, rovers designed as a collection of metal rods and cables…

CfA Bibliography for April 2015

Refereed articles published by CfA authors in April 2015 (View this list in ADS 2.0 to filter, analyze, view, export, and sort)

Walk-through: Contribute to the Astronomy Thesis Collection

How to Contribute to the Astronomy Thesis Collection Remember: Unless you have special permission, you should only upload your own thesis or dissertation. Make sure that you have the appropriate legal documentation allowing you to upload someone else’s thesis or dissertation before doing so. Go to www.zenodo.org and either sign…

Launching the Astronomy Thesis Collection

An Open, Online Astronomy Thesis Collection How can people access your thesis and/or dissertation? Most people would answer that the library of their institution has a copy, they have a copy, and perhaps there is a copy at the Library of Congress.  But it is difficult to find full-text online,…

Visual Astronomy Display: April 2015

Visual Astronomy Display for April 2015 Highlights… The story of Rosetta and Philae continues in a cute animated feature describing the probe’s journey to Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko; NASA Planetary Science shares a video imagining how the deep oceans of Mars might have once looked; Rover teams use the Mojave Desert in…

CfA Bibliography for March 2015

Refereed articles published by CfA authors in March 2015 (View this list in ADS 2.0 to filter, analyze, view, export, and sort)

Visual Astronomy Display: March 2015

Visual Astronomy Display for March 2015 Highlights… The Solar Dynamics Observatory celebrates its 5th anniversary with a time-lapse video of the sun that captures one frame every 8 hours for nearly 5 years; NASA share’s a video about the wrap up of Curiosity’s “walkabout” exploration of the Pahrump Hills on…

CfA Bibliography for February 2015

Refereed articles published by CfA authors in February 2015 (View this list in ADS 2.0 to filter, analyze, view, export, and sort)

Joel H. Metcalf Biography (Part 4)

Joel Hastings Metcalf Part 4: A Legacy of Discovery In 1910, Metcalf moved to Winchester, Massachusetts, where he continued his work as a preacher and found an eager audience, as demonstrated by his sermons being published in the local newspaper, the Winchester Star, on more than one occasion[1]. Of course,…

Joel H. Metcalf Biography (Part 3)

Joel Hastings Metcalf Part 3: From Amateur to Expert Following his period of study at Oxford and time of further rest away from his ministerial profession, Metcalf found himself in Taunton, Massachusetts, in 1904, where he had accepted a position at the Unitarian Church. He became associated with the Harvard…

Joel H. Metcalf Biography (Part 2)

Joel Hastings Metcalf Part 2: The Cultivation of a Passion Metcalf’s fascination with astronomy would prove to be much more than a youthful pursuit forgotten with age, though it would not be center of his professional life either. That role was left to his work as a preacher, a calling…

Joel H. Metcalf Biography (Part 1)

 Joel Hastings Metcalf Part 1: From An Early Age The Reverend Joel Hastings Metcalf was a passionate figure who made many important and fascinating contributions to the field of astronomy at Harvard during the early part of the 20th century. Being trained and educated as a minister, astronomy was not…

Visual Astronomy Display: February 2015

Visual Astronomy Display for February 2015 Highlights… A summary of the past, present, and future of Moon exploration from the European Space Agency, who also share a vision for what Lunar exploration could be; The Russian Federal Space Agency posted two videos recently, one showing what it would look like…

CfA Bibliography for January 2015

Refereed articles published by CfA authors in January 2015 (View this list in ADS 2.0 to filter, analyze, view, export, and sort)

Visual Astronomy Display: January 2015

Visual Astronomy Display for January 2015 Happy New Year! Highlights… This year, the Hubble Space Telescope celebrates 25 years of transforming our view of the universe; A color image of stars from the globular star cluster Omega Centauri are sorted by brightness and color to construct a Hertzsprung-Russel diagram, an…

CfA Bibliography for December 2014

Refereed articles published by CfA authors in December 2014 (View this list in ADS 2.0 to filter, analyze, view, export, and sort)

Visual Astronomy Display: December 2014

Visual Astronomy Display for December 2014 Highlights… NASA scientists Holly Gilbert and Alex Young talk about a sunspot larger than any seen in the last 24 years currently found on our star; After ten long years journeying through space, Philae finally touches down onto the surface of a comet!; Coming…

CfA Bibliography for November 2014

Refereed articles published by CfA authors in November 2014 (View this list in ADS 2.0 to filter, analyze, view, export, and sort)

Visual Astronomy Display: November 2014

Visual Astronomy Display for November 2014 Highlights… MAVEN reached Mars in September and has begun studying the upper atmosphere of the Red Planet in an attempt to figure out what happened to the atmosphere of Mars; Unexpectedly, the Arctic and Antarctic regions react differently to changing climate conditions. A video…

CfA Bibliography for October 2014

Refereed articles published by CfA authors in October 2014 (View this list in ADS 2.0 to filter, analyze, view, export, and sort)

Boyden Observatory through the 60″ Rockefeller Reflector

The 60-inch Rockefeller Reflector is one of the main telescopes at Boyden Observatory, currently located in Bloemfontein, South Africa. It all started when Uriah A. Boyden, a mechanical engineer in Boston, MA, donated $238,000 to Harvard College in 1879 to extend astronomical research. With the newly acquired money, Harvard declared…

The Damon Telescopes

One of the biggest contributions of Edward Pickering, who was the director of Harvard College Observatory for 42 years (1876-1918), is initiating a program to map the variability of objects in the night sky [1]. One of the main consequences of this program was to collect a huge number of…

Open Access Publishing Made Easy for Conferences

Are you tired of how conference proceedings are currently published? Zenodo.org, created by OpenAIRE and CERN, and supported by the European Commission, now offers functionality that can help. The research community can now publish, preserve, cite and make their conference material (slides, posters, videos, white papers, reports) readily available using Zenodo, so that it…