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Visual Astronomy Display: October 2014

Visual Astronomy Display for October 2014 Highlights… SciShow ponders the famous statement from Carl Sagan that “we are made of star-stuff”, exactly how much of us really is “star-stuff”?; Nature published a short video about Laniakea, our home supercluser, and the team of scientists who discovered it; Philae prepares to…

CfA Bibliography for September 2014

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

Visual Astronomy Display: September 2014

Visual Astronomy Display for September 2014 Highlights… The Rosetta mission is still going strong! One video illustrates the key dates of the upcoming sequence of maneuvers that will bring Rosetta even closer to comet 67P; Historic footage from Voyager 2’s 1989 flyby of Triton, a moon of Neptune, has been…

CfA Bibliography for August 2014

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

Rediscovering the Horsehead Nebula

Rediscovering the Horsehead Nebula There are currently about 500,000 photographic plates residing at the Harvard College Observatory. The collection is unique in its coverage of the sky (both the northern and southern hemispheres), its coverage of time (data dating back to the 1880s), as well as its sheer size (the…

Visual Astronomy Display: August 2014

Visual Astronomy Display for August 2014 Highlights… The tale of the comet-chasing probe, Rosetta, re-imagined as a child’s bedtime story; Last month was the 45th anniversary of the moon landing! Several videos in this playlist celebrate and remember that historic event; SciShow has a video highlighting rogue planets, those lone…

CfA Bibliography for July 2014

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

Visual Astronomy Display: July 2014

Visual Astronomy Display for July 2014 Highlights… Curiosity celebrates one Martian year of exploring the red planet; Science@NASA shows that the Sun is finally coming back to maximum cycle after a long Solar minimum; Transmitting videos from space via laser beams? The goal of NASA’s OPALs project is described in…

CfA Bibliography for June 2014

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

Visual Astronomy Display: June 2014

Visual Astronomy Display for June 2014 Highlights… Jupiter’s Great Red Spot is shrinking? Images show how the largest storm in the solar system has changed over time; A sequence of short videos detailing five different methods for detecting extrasolar planets; Our sun is constantly surprising us. In addition solar flares,…

CfA Bibliography for May 2014

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

Visual Astronomy Display: May 2014

Visual Astronomy Display for May 2014 Highlights… We have several videos about the recent lunar eclipse, including a time lapse video of the blood moon; Science@NASA presents us with a real life example of Einstein’s twin paradox, describing the various studies that will be taken as one twin orbits the…

CfA Bibliography for April 2014

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

Visual Astronomy Display: April 2014

Visual Astronomy Display for April 2014 Highlights… Astronomers are using the gravity of distant galaxies to bend light and magnify images, allowing them to see deeper into the cosmos than ever before; Comet collisions and an undiscovered exoplanet are hinted at by large clouds orbting a distant star; April 14th…

CfA Bibliography for March 2014

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

Visual Astronomy Display: March 2014

Visual Astronomy Display for March 2014 Highlights… Science@NASA brings us a fun clip about what it would be like to drink a cup of coffee in space; With an extension of support until at least 2024, the International Space Station is poised to make discoveries we can’t even imagine today;…

CfA Bibliography for February 2014

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

Visual Astronomy Display: February 2014

Visual Astronomy Display for February 2014 Highlights… Engineers and scientists at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory talk about the amazing discoveries of Opportunity which is still functioning on the surface of Mars a full ten years after it landed in 2004; A neat little video from MinutePhysics about how the solar…

CfA Bibliography for January 2014

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

CfA News Feed

Here are just a few places to find CfA in the News: AAAS EurekAlert! Smithsonian Science e!Science News PhysOrg.com Astronomy Picture of the Day CfA in the News Archive starting from October 2010 and ending in January 2012. Recent CfA News Releases

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…