New Arrivals · Astronomy

August 1, 2015
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

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.

The man who painted the universe : the story of a planetarium in the heart of the north woods

July 9, 2015
Legro, Ron.
Madison : Wisconsin Historical Society Press, [2015]
xi, 118 pages : illustrations, map ; 24 cm
The story of Frank Kovac, who built a planetarium in the woods of Wisconsin)

Dark winter : how the sun is causing a 30-year cold spell

June 16, 2015
Casey, John L. (John Leonard)
©2014
xxiii, 164 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
The author provides evidence of the following : the end of global warming ; the beginning of a "solar hibernation," a historic reduction in the energy output of the sun ; a long-term drop in the earth's temperatures ; the start of the next climate change to decades of dangerously cold weather ; the high probability of record earthquakes and volcanic eruptions.

NightWatch : a practical guide to viewing the universe

June 16, 2015
Dickinson, Terence.
©2006
192 pages : color illustrations ; 28 x 29 cm
Edition statement from cover.
"Updated with corrections, 2014."
Discovering the cosmos -- Universe in eleven steps -- Backyard astronomy -- Stars for all seasons -- Stargazing equipment -- Probing the depths -- The planets -- Moon and sun -- Solar and lunar eclipses -- Comets, meteors and auroras -- Photographing the night sky -- Southern hemisphere night sky -- Resources.
A reference guide to the stars, galaxies, and planets that are visible in the night sky from North America and the Southern hemisphere. Includes star charts, diagrams, and photographs.

Hubble ... science year in review.

June 15, 2015
[Baltimore, Md.] : Space Telescope Science Institute
v. : col. ill. ; 26 cm.
"This document was produced by the Space Telescope Science Institute under contract NAS5-26555."

Galileo's telescope : a European story

May 7, 2015
Bucciantini, Massimo.
Cambridge, Massachusetts : Harvard University Press, 2015.
x, 340 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm
From the Low Countries -- The Venetian archipelago -- Breaking news : lenses and envelopes -- In a flash -- Peregrinations -- The battle of Prague -- Across the English Channel : poets, philosophers, and astronomers -- Setting out to conquer France -- Milan : at the court of "King" Federico -- The dark skies of Florence -- Roman mission -- In motion : Portugal, India, China.

Black hole : how an idea abandoned by Newtonians, hated by Einstein, and gambled on by Hawking became loved

May 1, 2015
Bartusiak, Marcia, 1950- author.
New Haven [Connecticut[ : Yale University Press, [2015]
xii, 237 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
It is therefore possible that the largest luminous bodies in the universe may be invisible -- Newton, forgive me -- One would then find oneself . . . in a geometrical fairlyand -- There should be a law of nature to prevent a star from behaving in this absurd way! -- I'll show those bastards -- Only its gravitational field persists -- I could not have picked a more exciting time in which to become a physicist -- It was the weirdest spectrum I'd ever seen -- Why don't you call it a black hole? -- Medieval torture rack -- Whereas Stephen Hawking has such a large investment in general relativity and black holes and desires an insurance policy -- Black holes ain't so black.

How to read the solar system : a guide to the stars and planets

December 30, 2014
North, Chris (Chris E.), author.
New York : Pegasus Books, 2015.
320 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Includes index.
What is the solar system? -- Ancient stargazers -- Celestial mechanics -- The sun -- Mercury -- Venus -- Earth and Moon -- Mars -- Jupiter -- Saturn -- Uranus and Neptune -- Asteroids and dwarf planets -- Comets -- One among many.
The Solar System - so what is it? This book looks at all the major players, including our more familiar neighbours - the Sun, the planets and their moons - the occasional visitors to our planet - asteroids, meteors and comets - as well as distant stars and what might be beyond our Solar System - Earth Mark II?

Urban astronomy : stargazing from towns & suburbs

December 5, 2014
Scagell, Robin, author.
Richmond Hill, Ontario : Firefly Books, 2014.
208 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 20 cm

101 objects to see in the night sky

November 21, 2014
Scagell, Robin, author.
Richmond Hill, Ontario : Firefly Books, 2014.
224 pages : color illustrations, maps ; 21 cm.
Includes index.

Deep space : beyond the solar system to the edge of the universe and the beginning of time

November 13, 2014
Schilling, Govert, author.
©2014
224 pages : color illustrations ; 27 cm
Includes index.
The solar system -- The history of astronomy -- The birth of stars -- Telescopes -- Stars and planets -- The death of stars -- The Milky Way galaxy -- Space telescopes -- The local group -- Galaxies -- Windows on the cosmos -- Clusters -- The universe -- Star atlas.
"Govert Schilling explores the mysteries of space that lie beyond our solar system on this mind-bending trip to nebulae, galaxies, black holes, and the edge of the observable universe"--Publisher's website.

Cosmigraphics : picturing space through time

November 10, 2014
Benson, Michael, 1962- author.
New York : Abrams, 2014.
320 pages : illustrations (some color), maps (some color) ; 32 cm
Selecting artful and profound illustrations and maps, many hidden away in the world's great science libraries and virtually unknown today, Benson chronicles more than 1,000 years of humanity's ever-expanding understanding of the size and shape of space itself. He shows how the invention of the telescope inspired visions of unimaginably distant places and explains why today we turn to supercomputer simulations to reveal deeper truths about space-time.

Maps : their untold stories : map treasures from The National Archives

November 6, 2014
Mitchell, Rose (Archivist), author.
London ; New York : Bloomsbury, 2014.
254 pages : color illustrations, color maps ; 29 cm.

Pearls of the southern sky : a journey to exotic star clusters, nebulae and galaxies

November 3, 2014
Willasch, Dieter, photographer.
Richmond Hill, Ontario : Firefly Books Ltd., 2014.
176 pages : color illustrations ; 22 cm.
Includes index.

The planets : the definitive visual guide to our solar system

October 31, 2014
©2014.
256 pages : color illustrations ; 31 cm
Includes index.
At head of title: DK Smithsonian.
Family of the sun -- Our star -- Rocky worlds -- Gas giants -- Outer limits.
Featuring all-new 3D models built using data gathered by NASA and the European Space Agency.

The edge of the sky : all you need to know about the all-there-is

September 18, 2014
Trotta, Roberto.
New York : Basic Books, [2014]
xvii, 85 pages : illustrations ; 18 cm
The first night -- The crazy stars -- A bigger place -- The big flash -- Dark rain -- Whispers from the dark -- Death by fire -- The dark push -- Is the all-there-is all there is? -- When the sun comes up.

The Copernicus complex : our cosmic significance in a universe of planets and probabilities

September 11, 2014
Scharf, Caleb A., 1968- author.
New York : Scientific American/Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2014.
278 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
From microcosm to cosmos -- The Copernicus Complex -- The ten-billion-year spree -- Neighbors -- A grand illusion -- Sugar and spice -- Hunters of the cosmic plain -- There's something about here -- (In)Significance.
"A groundbreaking revision of the Copernican Principle"-- Provided by publisher.

The cosmic cocktail : three parts dark matter

August 8, 2014
Freese, Katherine, author.
Princeton, New Jersey : Princeton University Press, [2014]
xi, 250 pages, [8] pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 25 cm

Astrophotography

July 23, 2014
Legault, Thierry, author.
Santa Barbara, CA : Rocky Nook, 2014.
225 pages : illulstrations (chiefly color) ; 26 cm
Astrophotography without a telescope -- Cameras for astrophotography -- Image calibration and composting -- Using your equipment -- The planets and the moon -- The sun -- Imaging the deep-sky.

Celestial sleuth : using astronomy to solve mysteries in art, history and literature

July 17, 2014
Olson, Donald W.
New York : Springer Verlag, 2014.
xvii, 355 p. : ill. (chiefly col.) ; 24 cm.
Monet and Turner, masters of sea and sky -- Vincent van Gogh and starry skies over France -- Edvard Munch : mysterious skies in Norway -- Yosemite moonrises and moonbows -- Moons and tides in the Battle of Marathon, Paul Revere's midnight ride, and the sinking of the Titanic -- Lincoln, the Civil War era, and American almanacs -- The moon and tides in World War II -- Literary skies before 1800 -- Literary skies after 1800.
Many mysteries in art, history, and literature can be solved using "forensic" astronomy, including calculating phases of the Moon, determining the positions of the planets and stars, and identifying celestial objects. In addition to helping to crack difficult cases, such studies spark our imagination and provide a better understanding of the skies. Weather facts, volcanic studies, topography, tides, historical letters and diaries, military records and the friendly assistance of experts in related fields help with the work. Topics or cases pursued were chosen for their wide public recognition and intrigue and involve artists such as Vincent van Gogh and Claude Monet; historical events such as the Battle of Marathon, Julius Caesar's invasion of Britain, and World War II; and literary authors such as Chaucer, Shakespeare, and Mary Shelley. For each historical event influenced by astronomy, there is a different kind of mystery to be solved. For example, how can the Moon help to explain the sinking of the Titanic and a turning point of the American Civil War? For each literary reference to astronomy, which celestial objects were being described and was the author describing an actual event? Follow these exciting investigations with Donald Olson, a master "celestial sleuth", as he tracks down the truth and helps unravel mysteries as far back as ancient history and as recent as the haunting paintings of Edvard Munch.

Our solar system

June 20, 2014
Jackson, Tom, 1972-
New York : Scholastic, c2014.
32 p. : col. ill. ; 22 x 26 cm.
"Based on The Magic School Bus series"--T.p. verso.
"A nonfiction companion to the original Magic School Bus series"--Cover.

Hubble : an overview of the space telescope.

June 10, 2014
Greenbelt, MD : National Aeronautics and Space Administration, [2013]
65 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 26 cm
Shipping list no.: 2014-0038-S.
"NP-2013-07-032-GSFC"--Page [4] of cover.

Stargazing with a telescope

May 16, 2014
Scagell, Robin.
Richmond Hill, Ontario : Firefly Books, [2014].
192 pages : color illustrations ; 20 cm
Revised edition of Cambridge guide to stargazing with your telescope, originally published in 2000.
At head of title: Firefly.

Stargazing with binoculars

May 13, 2014
Scagell, Robin, author.
Buffalo, New York : Firefly Books, 2014.
208 pages : color illustrations ; 20 cm
Includes index.

Curiosity's mission on Mars : exploring the red planet

April 11, 2014
Miller, Ron, 1947- author.
©2014
64 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 24 cm
Discusses some of the information sent back from "Curiosity," the Mars Rover, including pictures of the Martian landscape, traces of water in Martian soil, and the key chemicals necessary for life.

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