New Arrivals · Astronomy

June 13, 2017
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Vacation guide to the solar system : science for the savvy space traveler

June 12, 2017
Koski, Olivia, author.
©2017
234 pages : color illustrations ; 20 cm
"Intergalactic travel bureau"--Cover.
"Packed with real science and fueled by imagination, a beautifully illustrated guide to traveling in our solar system. Imagine taking a hike along the windswept red plains of Mars to dig for signs of life, or touring one of Jupiter's sixty-four moons where you can photograph its swirling storms. For a shorter trip on a tight budget, the Moon is quite majestic and very quiet if you can make it during the off-season. With four-color illustrations and packed with real-world science, The Vacation Guide to the Solar System is the must-have planning guide for the curious space adventurer, covering all of the essentials for your next voyage, how to get there, and what to do when you arrive. Written by an astronomer from The American Museum of Natural History and one of the creators of the Guerilla Science collective, this tongue-in-cheek reference guide is an imaginative exploration into the "What if" of space travel, sharing fascinating facts about space, the planets in our solar system, and even some moons!"-- Provided by publisher.

American eclipse : a nation's epic race to catch the shadow of the moon and win the glory of the world

June 6, 2017
Baron, David, 1964-
New York, N.Y. : Liveright Publishing Corporation, a division of W.W. Norton & Company, [2017]
xii, 330 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 25 cm
Prologue: Shall the sun be darkened -- Part one: 1876. Reign of shoddy -- Professor of quadruplicity -- Nemesis -- "Petticoat parliament" -- Part two: 1878. Politics and moonshine -- The wizard in Washington -- Sic transit -- "Good woman that she are" -- Show business -- Part three: 1878. Among the tribes of uncivilization -- Queen city -- Nature's editor -- Old probabilities -- Part four: 1878. Favored mortals -- First contact -- Totality -- American genius -- Part five: 1878-1931. Ghosts -- Shadow and light -- Epilogue: Tendrils of history.
In vibrant historical detail, American Eclipse animates the fierce jockeying that came to dominate late nineteenth-century American astronomy, revealing the challenges faced by three of the most determined eclipse chasers who participated in this adventure. James Craig Watson, in his day a renowned asteroid hunter; Vassar astronomer Maria Mitchell, who fought to demonstrate that science and higher learning were not anathema to femininity; and Thomas Edison, a young inventor and irrepressible showman. With vivid accounts of train robberies and Indian skirmishes, Baron's page-turning drama not only brings to life the mythologized age of the Wild West in a totally unexpected way but forever memorializes an historic eclipse that would come to symbolize American science in its ascendance. -- from book jacket.

We have no idea : a guide to the unknown universe

May 17, 2017
Cham, Jorge, author, illustrator.
©2017
354 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
What is the universe made of? -- What is dark matter? -- What is dark energy? -- What is the most basic element of matter? -- The mysteries of mass -- Why is gravity so different from the other forces? -- What is space? -- What is time? -- How many dimensions are there? -- Can we travel faster than light? -- Who is shooting superfast particles at the earth? -- Why are we made of matter, not antimatter? -- What happened during the Big Bang? -- How BIG is the universe? -- Is there a theory of everything? -- Are we alone in the universe? -- A conclusion of sorts.
Humanity's understanding of the physical world is full of gaps. Not tiny little gaps you can safely ignore--there are huge yawning voids in our basic notions of how the world works. Jorge Cham and Daniel Whiteson team up to explore everything we don't know about the universe, and while introducing the biggest mysteries in physics, they also helpfully demystify many complicated things we do know. And although the universe is full of weird things that don't make any sense, Cham and Whiteson make a compelling case that the questions we can't answer are as interesting as the ones we can, and they invite us to see the universe as a possibly boundless expanse of uncharted territory that's still ours to explore. -- adapted from dust jacket.

Mask of the sun : the science, history, and forgotten lore of eclipses

May 11, 2017
Dvorak, John (John J.), author.
New York, NY : Pegasus Books Ltd., 2017.
xxvii, 272 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color), maps ; 24 cm
Prologue : New York, 1925 -- The heretic and the Pope -- The invisible planets of Rahu and Ketu -- Saros and the substitute king -- Measuring the world -- The waste of yin -- A request to the curious -- The annulus at Inch Bonney -- A simple truth of nature -- Eclipse chasers -- Keys and kettledrums -- The crucifixion and the Concorde -- Einstein's error -- The glorious corona -- Epilogue : Illinois, 2017 -- Appendix : an eclipse primer.
Eclipses have stunned, frightened, emboldened and mesmerized people for thousands of years. They have been thought of as harbingers of evil as well as a sign of the divine. An amazing phenomena unique to Earth, they have provided the key to much of what we now know and understand about the sun, our moon, gravity, and the workings of the universe. Dvorak provides explanations as to how and why eclipses occur-- as well as insight into the forthcoming eclipse of 2017 that will be visible across North America.

Astrophysics for people in a hurry

May 4, 2017
Tyson, Neil deGrasse, author.
New York ; London : W.W. Norton & Company, [2017]
222 pages ; 20 cm
The greatest story ever told -- On Earth as in the heavens -- Let there be light -- Between the galaxies -- Dark matter -- Dark energy -- The cosmos on the table -- On being round -- Invisible light -- Between the planets -- Exoplanet earth -- Reflections on the cosmic perspective.
"What is the nature of space and time? How do we fit within the universe? How does the universe fit within us? ... today, few of us have time to contemplate the cosmos. So Tyson brings the universe down to Earth succinctly and clearly, with sparkling wit, in tasty chapters consumable anytime and anywhere in your busy day. While you wait for your morning coffee to brew, for the bus, the train, or a plane to arrive, Astrophysics for People in a Hurry will reveal just what you need to be fluent and ready for the next cosmic headlines: from the Big Bang to black holes, from quarks to quantum mechanics, and from the search for planets to the search for life in the universe" --Inside Jacket.

In the shadow of the moon : the science, magic, and mystery of solar eclipses

May 2, 2017
Aveni, Anthony F., author.
©2017
xi, 312 pages : illustrations, maps ; 22 cm
An introduction to solar eclipses. Colossal celestial spectacles ; Watching people watch eclipses ; What you see and why you see it -- Eclipses in the ancient world. Eclipses computer Stonehenge ; Babylonian decryptions ; Greek science ; The Crucifixion darkness ; Ancient Chinese secrecy ; Maya prediction ; Aztec sacrifice -- Eclipses in the modern age. The rebirth of eclipse science is Islam and Europe ; The New England Eclipses of 1806 ; Expedition to Pike's Peak, 1878 ; New York's Central Park, 1925 -- Lessons from eclipses. The eclipses as cartographer and timekeeper ; Zoologists chasing shadow -- Personal eclipses. Eclipses in culture -- A confession -- Appendix. A brief chronology of solar eclipses.
In anticipation of the solar eclipses visible in 2017 and 2024, an exploration of the scientific and cultural significance of this mesmerizing cosmic display.

Eclipse : journeys to the dark side of the moon

May 2, 2017
Close, F. E., author.
©2017
xii, 219 pages, 8 unnumbered pages : illustrations (some color), maps (some color) ; 21 cm
Includes index.
Dark amid the blaze of noon -- Peterborough 30 June 1954 -- Waiting for Godot -- Cornwall: 11 August 1999 -- June 21st is midwinter's day -- 'Who's arranged this eclipse?' -- Earthshine in the Sahara: Libya 2006 -- The most remote eclipses -- Atlantic adventure -- Back to the future -- Everything under the sun is in tune.
On August 21st 2017, over one hundred million people will gather across the USA to witness the most-watched total solar eclipse in history. Eclipse: Journeys to the Dark Side of the Moon, by popular science author Frank Close, describes the spellbinding allure of this beautiful natural phenomenon. The book explains why eclipses happen, reveals their role in history, literature and myth, and introduces us to eclipse chasers, who travel with ecstatic fervor to some of the most inaccessible places on the globe. The book also includes the author's quest to solve a 3000-year-old mystery: how did the moon move backward during a total solar eclipse, as claimed in the Book of Joshua? Eclipse is also the story of how a teacher inspired the author, aged eight, to pursue a career in science and a love affair with eclipses that has taken him to a war zone in the Western Sahara, the South Pacific, and the African bush. The tale comes full circle with another eight-year old boy - the author's grandson - at the 2017 great American eclipse. Readers of all ages will be drawn to this inspirational chronicle of the mesmerizing experience of total solar eclipse.

Exoplanets : diamond worlds, super Earths, pulsar planets, and the new search for life beyond our solar system

March 23, 2017
Summers, Michael E., author.
©2017
218 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
Includes index.
Not your grandfather's galaxy -- Our backyard -- A plurality of worlds -- What is a planet? -- The Kepler spacecraft -- 55 Cancri E : diamond world -- Haven : rogue planet -- Ice world -- Kepler 186f : super Earth, archipelago world -- Gliese 1214b : water world -- Life on Earth -- The search for extraterrestrial life -- The search for extraterrestrial intelligence -- The Fermi Paradox.
"The past few years have seen an incredible explosion in our knowledge of the universe. Since its 2009 launch, the Kepler satellite has discovered more than two thousand exoplanets, or planets outside our solar system. More exoplanets are being discovered all the time, and even more remarkable than the sheer number of exoplanets is their variety. In Exoplanets, astronomer Michael Summers and physicist James Trefil explore these remarkable recent discoveries: planets revolving around pulsars, planets made of diamond, planets that are mostly water, and numerous rogue planets wandering through the emptiness of space,"--NoveList.

The stars : [the definitive visual guide to the cosmos

March 10, 2017
Dinwiddie, Robert, 1953- author.
New York, New York : DK Publishing, 2016.
256 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 31 cm
Includes index.
At head of title: DK.
Understanding the Cosmos -- The Constellations -- The Solar System -- Reference.
"The definitive visual guide to exploring all the marvels of the stars, the Milky Way, and the universe beyond. Chart the wonders of the cosmos in our own solar system and beyond with The Stars. Packed with 3-D artworks of each constellation and incredible new imagery from the Hubble Space Telescope, ground-based observatories worldwide, and more, this awe-inspiring guide features the most fascinating objects known to astronomy, from glittering star-birth nebulae to supermassive black holes. The position, size, and color of every night-sky object is revealed with unprecedented clarity, and a specially commissioned 3-D model of the celestial sphere that surrounds our planet charts all 88 constellations, together forming a complete map of the sky. From the Big Bang to the search for extraterrestrial life, key areas in astronomy and cosmology are covered, and colorful infographics distill a wealth of data into an easy-to-digest visual format. Whether you want to know more about space and the night sky or are eager to take up stargazing, The Stars is your guide to exploring these fascinating marvels of the universe, "--Amazon.com.

National Geographic pocket guide to the night sky of North America

March 9, 2017
Howell, Catherine Herbert, author.
Washington, D.C. : National Geographic Partners, [2017]
178 pages : color illustrations ; 19 cm
Night sky -- Stars -- Moon -- Space hardware -- Comets, meteors & asteroids -- Planets -- Deep space -- Constellations.

Why time flies : a mostly scientific investigation

February 6, 2017
Burdick, Alan, author.
©2017
xvi, 301 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Foreword -- The hours -- The days -- The instants -- Why time flies.
""Time" is the most commonly used noun in the English language; it's always on our minds and it advances through every living moment. But what is time, exactly? Do children experience it the same way adults do? Why does it seem to slow down when we're bored and speed by as we get older? How and why does time fly? In this witty and meditative exploration, award-winning author and New Yorker staff writer Alan Burdick takes readers on a personal quest to understand how time gets in us and why we perceive it the way we do. In the company of scientists, he visits the most accurate clock in the world (which exists only on paper); discovers that "now" actually happened a split-second ago; finds a twenty-fifth hour in the day; lives in the Arctic to lose all sense of time; and, for one fleeting moment in a neuroscientist's lab, even makes time go backward. Why Time Flies is an instant classic, a vivid and intimate examination of the clocks that tick inside us all,"--Amazon.com.

Exoplanets : worlds beyond our solar system

January 30, 2017
Kenney, Karen Latchana.
Minneapolis : Twenty-First Century Books, [2017]
88 pages : color illustrations ; 24 cm
Learn about the planets that exist outside of our solar system, and the actions scientists are taking to learn more about them. -- Provided by publisher.

The glass universe : how the ladies of the Harvard Observatory took the measure of the stars

December 20, 2016
Sobel, Dava, author.
©2016
xii, 324 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
Part one: The colors of starlight. Mrs. Draper's intent ; What Miss Maury saw ; Miss Bruce's largesse ; Stella nova ; Bailey's picture from Peru -- Part two: Oh, be a fine girl, kiss me!. Mrs. Fleming's title ; Pickering's "harem" ; Lingua franca ; Miss Leavitt's relationship ; The Pickering fellows -- Part three: In the depths above. Shapley's "kilo-girl" hours ; Miss Payne's thesis ; The Observatory Pinafore ; Miss Cannon's prize ; The lifetimes of stars -- Some highlights in the history of the Harvard College Observatory -- A catalogue of Harvard astronomers, assistants, and associates.
The little-known true story of the unexpected and remarkable contributions to astronomy made by a group of women working in the Harvard College Observatory from the late 1800s through the mid-1900s.-- Provided by publisher.

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.

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