New Arrivals · Astronomy

November 30, 2016
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Calculating the cosmos : how mathematics unveils the universe

November 29, 2016
Stewart, Ian, 1945- author.
New York, NY : Basic Books, [2016]
346 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
Prologue -- Attraction at a distance -- Collapse of the solar nebula -- Inconstant Moon -- The clockwork cosmos -- Celestial police -- The planet that swallowed its children -- Cosimo's stars -- Off on a comet -- Chaos in the cosmos -- The interplanetary superhighway -- Great balls of fire -- Great sky river -- Alien worlds -- Dark stars -- Skeins and voids -- The cosmic egg -- The big blow-up -- The dark side -- Outside the universe -- Epilogue.
"In Calculating the Cosmos, Ian Stewart presents an exhilarating guide to the cosmos, from our solar system to the entire universe. He describes the architecture of space and time, dark matter and dark energy, how galaxies form, why stars implode, how everything began, and how it's all going to end. He considers parallel universes, the fine-tuning of the cosmos for life, what forms extraterrestrial life might take, and the likelihood of life on Earth being snuffed out by an asteroid. Beginning with the Babylonian integration of mathematics into the study of astronomy and cosmology, Stewart traces the evolution of our understanding of the cosmos: How Kepler's laws of planetary motion led Newton to formulate his theory of gravity. How, two centuries later, tiny irregularities in the motion of Mars inspired Einstein to devise his general theory of relativity. How, eighty years ago, the discovery that the universe is expanding led to the development of the Big Bang theory of its origins. How single-point origin and expansion led cosmologists to theorize new components of the universe, such as inflation, dark matter, and dark energy. But does inflation explain the structure of today's universe? Does dark matter actually exist? Could a scientific revolution that will challenge the long-held scientific orthodoxy and once again transform our understanding of the universe be on the way? In an exciting and engaging style, Calculating the Cosmos is a mathematical quest through the intricate realms of astronomy and cosmology."--Dust jacket.

Placing outer space : an Earthly ethnography of other worlds

October 25, 2016
Messeri, Lisa, 1982- author.
Durham : Duke University Press, 2016.
x, 238 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Introduction from outer space to outer place -- Narrating Mars in Utah's desert -- Mapping Mars in Silicon Valley -- Visualizing alien worlds -- Inhabiting other Earths -- Conclusion : navigating the infinite cosmos.

Facts from space! : from super-secret spacecraft to volcanos in outer space, extraterrestrial facts to blow your mind!

October 10, 2016
Regas, Dean.
Avon, Massachusetts : Adams Media, [2016]
237 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Orbiting the Earth : tales of humans (and non-humans) in space -- Fly me to the moon : facts about our nearest neighbor -- Inside and outside the sun : all about our star attraction -- Hot worlds : Mercury and Venus -- If you were a Martian : a travel guide to the Red Planet -- The gas giant planets : Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune -- Pluto and other small stuff : weird, wild worlds -- Sailing among the stars : the interesting lives and dramatic deaths of stars -- Deep space : highlights and strange sights in the Milky Way -- Deep thoughts about space : astronomy's wow-factor

Welcome to the universe : an astrophysical tour

September 30, 2016
Tyson, Neil deGrasse, author.
Princeton : Princeton University Press, 2016.
470 pages : illustrations (mostly color) ; 27 cm
Pt. III, Einstein and the universe : -- Einstein's road to relativity -- Implications of special relativity -- Einstein's general theory of relativity -- Black holes -- Cosmic strings, wormholes, and time travel -- The shape of the universe and the big bang -- Inflation and recent developments in cosmology -- Our future in the universe -- Appendix 1: Derivation of E=mc2 -- Appendix 2: Bekenstein, entrophy of black holes, and information.
Welcome to the Universe is a personal guided tour of the cosmos by three of today's leading astrophysicists. Inspired by the enormously popular introductory astronomy course that Neil deGrasse Tyson, Michael A. Strauss, and J. Richard Gott taught together at Princeton, this book covers it all--from planets, stars, and galaxies to black holes, wormholes, and time travel.--Publisher description

StarTalk : everything you ever need to know about space travel, sci-fi, the human race, the universe, and beyond

September 26, 2016
©2016
302 pages : color illustrations ; 26 cm
Contributing editors : Charles Liu, astrophysics professor at the City University of New York's College of Staten Island, and Jeffrey Lee Simons, social media director of StarTalk Radio ; Additional contributors : Bill Nye, StarTalk host ; Eugene Mirman, StarTalk cohost ; Chuck Nice, StarTalk cohost ; Leighann Lord, StarTalk cohost.
Contributing editors : Charles Liu, astrophysics professor at the City University of New York's College of Staten Island, and Jeffrey Lee Simons, social media director of StarTalk Radio.
Introduction -- About this book -- Space -- Planet Earth -- Being human -- Futures imagined.
Tyson looks at the most confounding mysteries of Earth, space, and what it means to be human. He attempts to answer all of your most pressing questions, from how the brain works to the physics of comic book superheroes.

Stars and planets

September 26, 2016
Menzel, Donald H. (Donald Howard), 1901-1976.
Norwalk, Conn. : Easton, 1984.
x, 473 pages : illustrations (some color), maps ; 19 cm.

Sun moon Earth : the history of solar eclipses from omens of doom to Einstein and exoplanets

September 22, 2016
Nordgren, Tyler E. (Tyler Eugene), 1969- author.
©2016
xiii, 239 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : color illustrations, maps ; 22 cm
A Day with Two Dawns and Midnight at Noon -- Two Worlds One Sun -- Shadows Across a Sea of Stars -- As Below, So Above -- The Eclipse That Changed the World -- Saros Siblings -- The Great American Eclipse and Beyond -- The Last Total Eclipse.
"On August 21, 2017, more than ten million Americans will experience an awe-inspiring phenomenon: the first total eclipse of the sun in America in almost forty years. In Sun Moon Earth, astronomer Tyler Nordgren illustrates how this most seemingly unnatural of natural phenomena was transformed from a fearsome omen to a tourist attraction. From the astrologers of ancient China and Babylon to the high priests of the Maya, Sun Moon Earth takes us around the world to show how different cultures interpreted these dramatic events. Greek philosophers discovered eclipses' cause and used them to measure their world and the cosmos beyond. Victorian-era scientists mounted eclipse expeditions during the age of globe-spanning empires. And modern-day physicists continue to use eclipses to confirm Einstein's theory of relativity. Beautifully illustrated and lyrically written, Sun Moon Earth is the ideal guide for all eclipse watchers and star gazers alike,"--Amazon.com.

The unknown universe : a new exploration of time, space, and cosmology

July 5, 2016
Clark, Stuart (Stuart G.), author.
New York : Pegasus Books, 2016.
303 pages ; 24 cm
Includes bibliographical references (pages 292-293) and index.
The day we saw the universe -- The architect of the universe -- Selene's secrets -- Gravity's crucible -- The stellar bestiary -- Holes in the universe -- The luxuriant garden -- Chiaroscuro -- The day without yesterday -- Timescapes and multiverses -- Solving the singularity.
A groundbreaking guide to the universe and how our latest deep-space discoveries are forcing us to revisit what we know and what we don't. This is the first book to address what will be an epoch-defining scientific paradigm shift. Stuart Clark will ask if Newton's famous laws of gravity need to be rewritten; if dark matter and dark energy are just celestial phantoms? Can we ever know what happened before the Big Bang? What's at the bottom of a black hole? Are there universes beyond our own? Does time exist? Are the once immutable laws of physics changing?

Night sky watcher

June 30, 2016
Prinja, Raman, 1961- author.
©2014
120 pages : color illustrations ; 25 cm
Includes index.
"Your guide to the stars and planets"--Cover.
Night sky essentials -- Star-hopping -- The planets -- Unusual sights.
"Get ready to explore the magical night sky. Find out everything there is to know about what you can spot in the sky, such as how explorers used constellations as a form of navigation. Also discover when is the best time to spot comets and why the Moon's appearance has changed over time."--Amazon.com

The expanse of heaven: a series of essays on the wonders of the firmament.

June 8, 2016
Proctor, Richard A. (Richard Anthony), 1837-1888.
New York, D. Appleton and Company, 1874.
iv, 305 pages ; 19 cm

Cosmos : the infographic book of space

June 1, 2016
Lowe, Stuart, author.
London : Aurum Press, 2015.
223 pages : color illustrations ; 25 cm
Space exploration -- Solar system -- Telescopes -- The sun -- Stars -- Galaxies -- Cosmology -- Other worlds -- Miscellaneous.
Starting with the Big Bang itself, we explore the secret lives of galaxies and stars, and examine the thousand new planets now discovered beyond the Solar System-- checking out their viability for alien life. We chronicle the incredible instruments and machines that are discovering the hidden secrets of the Universe, from 'telescopes' deep under the Antarctic ice to robotic explorers on distant worlds. We investigate the astounding technology used by human astronauts as they push out beyond the Moon to Mars-- and on towards the stars.

Stories in the stars : an atlas of constellations

June 1, 2016
Hislop, Susanna.
©2014
209 pages : color illustrations ; 26 cm
Includes index.
In an illustrated volume, a writer and stargazer and an international artist join forces to leap between centuries, cultures and traditions, presenting a whole universe of stars and their stories in all their blazing glory. --Publisher's description.

The total skywatcher's manual : 275+ skills and tricks for exploring stars, planets & beyond

June 1, 2016
Shore, Linda, author.
©2015
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 24 cm
Includes index.
Telescopes & other tools. Pick a pair of binoculars ; Go with Porro or roof-prism binoculars ; Learn all about eye relief ; Adjust binoculars for vision ; Clean your binoculars ; Top five: Treat binoculars with respect ; Peep Cassiopeia's Pacman Nebula ; Nab the Double Cluster with binoclars ; Align your sights with Algol ; See star clusters with binoculars ; Feast your eyes on distant galaxies with binoculars ; Use binoculars to track Jupiter's moons ; Tour the Milky Way with binoculars ; Catch Canes Venatici ; View Vulpecula ; Lool for Leo Minor ; Pinpoint Pisces ; Dissect a basic telescope ; Discover the classic refractor scope ; Consider a reflector telescope ; Learn about other telescope types ; Top five: Select a telescope ; Go computerized or stick with manual ; Buy a starter scope for a kid ; Set up your telescope ; View the skies with a computerized scope ; Collimate your telescope to fine-tune your view ; Aim your scope with a piggyback finder ; Focus and point your telescope ; View the moon with a scope ; Aim for Antlia ; Draw the southern triangle ; Catch the Bird of Paradise ; Notice Norma ; Scan skies with an altazimuth mount ; Set up a dobsonian ; Track stars with an equatorial mount ; Pick a proper eyepiece ; Understand eyepiece magnification ; Find the right field of view ; Boost resolution with the right eyepiece ; Pick the right finder scope ; Find a red line sight ; Light the way with lasers ; Mount a webcam to your telescope ; Top five: Pick a solid tripod ; Set up your gear for safety ; Take a (comfortable) seat for skygazing ; Cool your telescope tube ; Light up your tripod ; Piggyback your camera ; Top five: Treat your scope to a trip ; Camp under the stars ; Behave at star parties ; Transport gear safely ; Cover up, rain or shine ; Shield your scope from dew ; Cap your optics ; Peep the sun safely through solar filters ; Enjoy lunar and planetary filters ; Probe deep space with nebula filters ; Meet Saturn ; Fire up the furnace ; Get up close with Grus ; Nab the Fly ; Find the Phoenix ; Zoom in and out of the Orion nebula ; Gaze upon Albireo ; Find the Great Cluster in Hercules ; View Virgo with a telescope ; Scope out the Sombrero Galaxy ; Check out M87 ; See M84 and M86 in Markarian's Chain ; Spot the shadows of Jupiter's moons ; Split double stars into three ; Spy Saturn's rings ; Peek into Orion's stellar nursery ; Witness the death of Betelgeuse in Orion ; Watch the young Pleiades in Taurus ; Spot Scorpius ; Find globular cluster M4 ; Peep the Butterfly and Ptolemy clusters ; Make out M80 ; Meet Uranus ; Gaze back in time with a telescope ; Run the famous Messier marathon ; Begin at the Leo Triplet ; Bag the Coma Galaxy Cluster ; Catch the Coma open cluster through a telescope ; Take a peek at the M96 group ; Watch the Water Bearer ; Nab the crab ; Look for Lepus ; Discover the unicorn ; Look at the sun safely ; Project the sun with a telescope ; See sunspots in transit ; Bounce the sun onto a wall with a mirror ; Watch a solar eclipse with a pinhole viewer ; Sport eclipse shades ; See Eclipses through leaves, a colander, or your fingers ; Travel for solar eclipses ; Identify solar-eclipse types ; Top five: Catch a total solar eclipse's highlights ; Witness the eclipse's effects on Earth ; Meet Neptune ; Study up on asteroids ; Top five: Get acquainted with the neatest asteroids ; Sail through the solar system with comets ; Name that comet ; Top five: Get to know some major comets ; Root out Reticulum ; Set your eyes on Sagitta ; Glimpse the Sculptor ; Scope out Scutum ; Pack a basic astrophotography kit ; Snap a mobile shot through a telescope ; Freeze stars with the 500 rule ; Shoot star trails ; Create rings in the sky ; Capture three-way trails at the equator ; Craft a time lapse of a lunar eclipse ; Stack images in software ; Correct your scope's coma ; Merge your telescope with a DSLR ; Focus your camera through a scope ; Speed up filter swaps ; Lock on with autoguiders ; Capture the beauty of the auroras ; Meet the inventors of skywatching gadgetry ; Stock up on sky-drawing supplies ; Draw space objects like a pro ; Top five: Sketch our universe's highlights ; Search for Serpens ; Recover the sextant ; Snag the Southern Crown ; Trace the triangle --
"For stargazers, comet-spotters and planet-seekers looking to enhance your deep sky knowledge and observations - this is your quintessential guide. The Total Skywatcher's Manual will help you choose the best telescope, identify constellations and objects in the night sky, search for extraterrestrial phenomena, plan star parties, capture beautiful space imagery and much more."--provided by publisher.

Complete guide to stargazing

April 27, 2016
Scagell, Robin, author.
Richmond Hill, Ontario : Firefly Books, 2015.
320 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 30 cm
Includes index.
All the information you need to explore the northern and southern night skies. --Publisher.

The jazz of physics : the secret link between music and the structure of the universe

April 25, 2016
Alexander, Stephon, author.
New York : Basic Books, a member of Perseus Books Group, [2016]
viii, 254 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm

Mapping the heavens : the radical scientific ideas that reveal the cosmos

April 20, 2016
Natarajan, Priyamvada, author.
New Haven : Yale University Press, [2016]
xvi, 267 pages, [8] pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm

The universe in your hand : a journey through space, time, and beyond

April 18, 2016
Galfard, Christophe, author.
New York : Flatiron Books, 2016.
386 pages ; 22 cm
"Originally published [in 2015] in Great Britain by Macmillan, an imprint of Pan Macmillan"--Title-page verso.
The cosmos -- Making sense of outer space -- Fast -- A dive into the quantum world -- To the origin of space and time -- Unexpected mysteries -- A step beyond what is known.
"Christophe Galfard's mission in life is to spread modern scientific ideas to the general public in entertaining ways. Using his considerable skills as a brilliant theoretical physicist and successful young adult author, The Universe in Your Hand employs the immediacy of simple, direct language to show us, not explain to us, the theories that underpin everything we know about our universe. To understand what happens to a dying star, we are asked to picture ourselves floating in space in front of it. To get acquainted with the quantum world, we are shrunk to the size of an atom and then taken on a journey. Employing everyday similes and metaphors, addressing the reader directly, and writing stories rather than equations renders these astoundingly complex ideas in an immediate and visceral way." -- Amazon.com.

13.8 : the quest to find the true age of the universe and the theory of everything

March 10, 2016
Gribbin, John, 1946- author.
New Haven : Yale University Press, 2016.
xiii, 242 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm

The cosmic web : mysterious architecture of the universe

February 10, 2016
Gott, J. Richard, author.
©2016
xiv, 255 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 25 cm
Hubble Discovers the Universe -- Zeicky, Clusters of Galaxies, and the Discovery of Dark Matter -- How Clusters Form and Grow -- Meatballs in Space -- The Great Void in Boötes -- A Swiss Cheese Universe -- Inflation -- A Cosmic Sponge -- A Slice of the Universe -- the Great Wall of Geller and Huchra -- Park's Simulation of the Universe -- Measuring the Cosmic Web -- the Sloan Great Wall -- Spots in the Cosmic Microwave Background -- Dark Energy and the Fate of the Universe.
J. Richard Gott was among the first cosmologists to propose that the structure of our universe is like a sponge made up of clusters of galaxies intricately connected by filaments of galaxies. This magnificent structure is now called the Cosmic Web and has been mapped extensively by teams of astronomers. Here is his gripping insider account of how a generation of undaunted theorists and observers solved the mystery of the architecture of our cosmos.

Explore the cosmos like Neil DeGrasse Tyson : a space science journey

January 12, 2016
Saucier, C. A. P., 1954-
Amherst, New York : Prometheus Books, 2015.
177 pages : illustrations (mostly color) ; 23 cm
A young scientist looks at the sky -- A space scientist grows up -- Looking at all beautiful things -- The evolution of Neil's favorite universe -- Our home in the milky way -- From dust to rocky planets -- Icy, gas giants -- The father, the citizen, the scientist -- Dreams of tomorrow.
Catch the thrill of the cosmos and space science through the life of Neil deGrasse Tyson. In language neither too simple nor overly technical, the author interweaves up-to-date information about the universe and the science of astrophysics with a biographical portrait of the famous astrophysicist. Quotes from Tyson appear throughout each chapter, personalizing the science. Illustrated with striking images from the Hubble Space Telescope, the story of one man's successful life in space science may inspire kids to follow a similar path. As Tyson makes clear, there is still much to do for future space scientists: diverting asteroids, unraveling the mystery of dark matter, finding life elsewhere in the universe, and more!

Mars as art.

December 17, 2015
[Pasadena, Calif.?] : National Aeronatics and Space Administration, [2015?]
25 pages : color illustrations, color map ; 22 cm
Cover title.
"NP-2013-05-943-HQ"--Back cover.

Astronomy photographer of the year : prize-winning images by top astrophotographers

December 16, 2015
Richmond Hill, Ontario : Firefly Books, 2015.
287 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 27 cm.
Subtitle from cover.
Includes index.
"The Royal Observatory, Greenwich, has compiled a collection of stunning images from the Astronomy Photographer of the Year competition. Capturing an amazing variety of astronomical phenomena within our solar system and far into deep space, the photos represent the best amateur astrophotography from around the world. The book includes the first six years of the competition (2009-2014) and features overall winners from each year along with a carefully curated selection of shortlisted entries."-- Provided by publisher.

Earth + space : photographs from the archives of NASA

December 2, 2015
Nataraj, Nirmala, author.
San Francisco : Chronicle Books, [2015]
175 pages ; 24 x 29 cm
Preface by Bill Nye.

Searching for the oldest stars : ancient relics from the early universe

November 30, 2015
Frebel, Anna, author.
©2015
xiii, 302 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 25 cm
What is stellar archaeology? -- Two centuries of pursuing stars -- Stars, stars, more stars -- Stellar evolution : from birth to death -- Neutron-capture processes and the heaviest elements -- Welcome to our Milky way -- Tales told by light -- Let's go observe some stars! -- The chemical evolution of the early universe -- Finding the oldest stars -- At the end of a cosmic journey.

Kepler and the universe : how one man revolutionized astronomy

November 20, 2015
Love, David, 1950-
Amherst, New York : Prometheus Books, 2015.
253 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
Illustrations on endpapers.
Introduction : astronomy before Kepler -- Kepler's early life -- Graz (1594-1600), the mystery of the universe -- Kepler and Tycho -- Prague (1600-1612), the new astronomy -- Prague, many new things -- 1610, the year of the telescope -- Linz (1612-1626), the harmony of the universe -- The final years (1626-1630), the Rudolphine tables -- Epilogue, the real universe -- Appendix : summary of kepler's travels.

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