Boston Globe: Cosmic images, captured in quilts at Harvard exhibit ‘Measure’

Anna Von Mertens stitches patterns of stars and galaxies into quilts, charting their movement with astronomical software. Invited to exhibit at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University, she went to the Harvard College Observatory to study the “computers” — women who, in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, scrutinized more than 500,000 glass-plate astronomical photographs.

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Detail of a quilt by Anna Von Mertens depicting stars fading from view on the morning of Henrietta Leavitt’s birth.   IMAGE COURTESY OF THE ARTIST AND ELIZABETH LEACH GALLERY

Detail of a quilt by Anna Von Mertens depicting stars fading from view on the morning of Henrietta Leavitt’s birth.

IMAGE COURTESY OF THE ARTIST AND ELIZABETH LEACH GALLERY

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