New Arrivals · Astronomy

July 6, 2016
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

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.

Map : exploring the world

November 16, 2015
London : Phaidon Press Limited, 2015.
352 pages : color illustrations, color maps ; 30 cm
300 stunning maps from all periods and from all around the world, exploring and revealing what maps tell us about history and ourselves. Selected by an international panel of cartographers, academics, map dealers and collectors, the maps represent over 5,000 years of cartographic innovation drawing on a range of cultures and traditions. Comprehensive in scope, this book features all types of maps from navigation and surveys to astronomical maps, satellite and digital maps, as well as works of art inspired by cartography. Unique curated sequence presents maps in thought-provoking juxtapositions for lively, stimulating reading. Features some of the most influential mapmakers and institutions in history, including Gerardus Mercator, Abraham Ortelius, Phyllis Pearson, Heinrich Berann, Bill Rankin, Ordnance Survey and Google Earth. Easy-to-use format, with large reproductions, authoritative texts and key caption information, it is the perfect introduction to the subject. Also features a comprehensive illustrated timeline of the history of cartography, biographies of leading cartographers and a glossary of cartographic terms.

The hunt for Vulcan : ...and how Albert Einstein destroyed a planet, discovered relativity, and deciphered the universe

November 9, 2015
Levenson, Thomas, author.
©2015.
xv, 229 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm
Part one: Newton to Neptune (1652-1846). "The immovable order of the world" -- "A happy thought" -- "That star is not on the map" -- Part two: Neptune to Vulcan (1846-1878). Thirty eight seconds -- A disturbing mass -- "The search will end satisfactorily" -- "So long eluding the hunters" -- Part three: Vulcan to Einstein (1905-1915). "The happiest thought" -- "Help me, or else I'll go crazy" -- "Beside himself with joy".
"The captivating, all-but-forgotten story of Isaac Newton, Albert Einstein, and the search for a planet that never existed,"--Amazon.com.

Dark matter and the dinosaurs : the astounding interconnectedness of the universe

November 6, 2015
Randall, Lisa, author.
©2015
xv, 412 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
The development of the universe. The clandestine dark matter society ; The discovery of dark matter ; The big questions ; Almost the very beginning: a very good place to start ; A galaxy is born -- An active solar system. Meteoroids, meteors, and meteorites ; The short, glorious lives of comets ; The edge of the solar system ; Living dangerously ; Shock and awe ; Extinctions ; The end of the dinosaurs ; Life in the habitable zone ; What goes around comes around ; Flinging comets form the oort cloud -- Deciphering dark matter's identity. The matter of the invisible world ; How to see in the dark ; Socially connected dark matter ; The speed of dark ; Searching for the dark disk ; Dark matter and comet strikes.
"Sixty-six million years ago, an object the size of a city descended from space to crash into Earth, creating a devastating cataclysm that killed off the dinosaurs, along with three-quarters of the other species on the planet. What was its origin? In Dark Matter and the Dinosaurs, Lisa Randall proposes it was a comet that was dislodged from its orbit as the Solar System passed through a disk of dark matter embedded in the Milky Way. In a sense, it might have been dark matter that killed the dinosaurs. Working through the background and consequences of this proposal, Randall shares with us the latest findings--established and speculative--regarding the nature and role of dark matter and the origin of the Universe, our galaxy, our Solar System, and life, along with the process by which scientists explore new concepts. In Dark Matter and the Dinosaurs, Randall tells a breathtaking story that weaves together the cosmos' history and our own, illuminating the deep relationships that are critical to our world and the astonishing beauty inherent in the most familiar things" -- provided by publisher.

The Hubble cosmos : 25 years of new vistas in space

October 27, 2015
DeVorkin, David H., 1944-
Washington, D.C. : National Geographic, 2015.
222 pages : color illustrations ; 28 cm
"To celebrate NASA's Hubble Space Telescope and its 25 years of accomplishments, let The Hubble Cosmos fill your mind with big ideas, brilliant imagery, and a new understanding of the universe in which we live. Relive key moments in the monumental Hubble story, from launch through major new instrumentation to the promise of discoveries to come. With more than 150 photographs including Hubble All-Stars -- the most famous of all the noteworthy images -- The Hubble Cosmos shows how this telescope is revolutionizing our understanding of the universe." -- Amazon.com

The old farmer's almanac.

September 2, 2015
Boston : Jenks, Palmer & Co.
v. : ill. ; 20 cm.
Vol. for 1865 missing p.15-16.
"Calculated on a new and improved plan, fitted for Boston, and the New England states, with special corrections and calculations to answers for all the United States" (varies).

Astronomy : cool women in space

August 14, 2015
Yasuda, Anita, author.
White River Junction, VT : Nomad Press, 2015.
106 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Look up! -- A short story about a huge space -- Nancy Grace Roman -- Maggie Aderin-Pocock -- Andrea Ghez.

Rocket science for the rest of us : cutting-edge concepts made simple

July 31, 2015
Gilliland, Ben, author.
©2015
192 pages : color illustrations ; 24 cm
Includes index.
Mysterious universe. How big is the universe? -- The star that redrew the cosmos -- Expanding universe -- Welcome to the multiverse -- We are all doomed! -- Catch up with the stellar speed demons -- Meet the smelly dwarf -- Mercury's secrets -- How to catch a comet -- Saturn's amazing rings -- The search for alien life -- The hostile blue planet -- The space rock that "killed" Pluto -- To boldly go. The first human in space -- Pioneer 10 : the little spacecraft that could -- Voyager : our distant emissary -- Is there life on Mars? -- Colonizing Mars -- Mapping the Milky Way -- Detecting killer asteroids -- Looking beyond Mars for life -- A Webb to catch the oldest stars -- ESA's Rosetta comet chaser -- Gravity lensing to see the cosmos -- Engage warp drive! -- Space : the fatal frontier -- The appliance of science. It is only a theory -- Why does anything exist? -- Leap second -- A weird, almost perfect universe -- What is dark matter? -- Why is gravity so weak? -- Dark matter builds the universe -- We are all made of stars -- The story of the pulsar -- Doing the black hole twist -- Helium shortage -- Death rays from outer space -- Gravity slingshot -- Is glass a liquid? -- Curiosity : science's heart -- Teeny tiny, supersmall stuff. The story of the atom -- Discovering the neutron -- The world of the insanely tiny -- The certainty of uncertainty -- Seeking supersymmetry -- Higgs boson : a bluffer's guide -- Quantum gravity -- X-ray crystallography -- Particle accelerators -- Attack of the micro black holes.
Want to understand black holes, antimatter, physics, and space exploration? Looking for a common sense guide to quantum physics that you can actually understand? Rocket Science for the Rest of Us is the book you're looking for! Get a grip on even the most mysterious and complex sciences with Ben Gilliland's guide to dark matter, exo-planets, Planck time, earth sciences, and more.

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