Jenny Åkerlund


Observations (I-XLVIII)


UV-direct print on acrylic glass, 26 x 21 cm

A collection of notes and markings made by "The Harvard Computers", a group of women who worked with calculating astronomical data at Harvard College Observatory at the beginning of the 20th century. One of the "computers", Henrietta Swan Leavitt, introduced a correlation between luminosity and period of a particular type of variable star, her discovery led to new theories on the scale and expansion of the universe, resulting in what came to be known as Hubble's law.

Thanks to Alison Doane, Curator of Astronomical Photographs at the Harvard College Observatory, Cambridge, US, for generous help.