New Arrivals · Astronomy

January 12, 2018
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.


January 11, 2018
Maran, Stephen P., author.
Hoboken, NJ : Wiley, [2017]
xi, 368 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm.
Includes index.
"Bonus content online"--Cover.
Part 1. Getting started with astronomy -- Seeing the light: the art and science of astronomy -- Join the crowd: skywatching activities and resources -- Terrific tools for observing the skies -- Just passing through: meteors, comets, and artificial satellites -- Part 2. Going once around the solar system -- A matched pair: Earth and its moon -- Earth's near neighbors: Mercury, Venus, and Mars -- Rock on: the asteroid belt and near-Earth objects -- Great balls of gas: Jupiter and Saturn -- Far out!: Uranus, Neptune, Pluto, and beyond -- Part 3. Meeting old sol and other stars -- The Sun: star of Earth -- Taking a trip to the stars -- Galaxies: the Milky Way and beyond -- Digging into black holes and quasars -- Part 4. Pondering the remarkable universe -- Is anybody out there?: SETI and planets of other suns -- Delving into dark matter and antimatter -- The Big Bang and the evolution of the universe -- Part 5. he part of tens -- Ten strange facts about astronomy and space -- Ten common errors about astronomy and space -- Part 6. Appendixes -- Star maps -- Glossary.
From asteroids to black holes, this guide takes you on a grand tour of the universe, and provides an introduction to the night sky.

The planets : photographs from the archives of NASA

January 2, 2018
Nataraj, Nirmala, author.
San Francisco : Chronicle Books, [2017]
255 pages : color illustrations ; 24 cm
Our solar system -- Mercury -- Venus -- Earth -- Mars -- Jupiter -- Saturn -- Uranus -- Neptune -- Other bodies of the solar system.
The Planets features more than 200 stunning photographs of our solar system from the archives of NASA, each paired with a detailed caption. The content is organized by distance from the Sun--beginning with Mercury and moving outward through Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, and the planetary objects beyond.-- Provided by the publisher.

100 things to see in the night sky : from Andromeda to Venus, your guide to stargazing

January 2, 2018
Regas, Dean, author.
New York : Adams Media, [2017]
222 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Includes index.
A handy field guide for the best stargazing experience whether in your own back yard, camping, or traveling--including information showing you which planets, constellations, stars, and manmade objects you can see with a telescope, or just your naked eye! Each object is presented as a separate entry, with background information on the makeup, appearance, and history of the object, along with easy-to-follow instructions on how to find it. -- Provided by publisher.

The telescope in the ice : inventing a new astronomy at the South Pole

December 27, 2017
Bowen, Mark (Mark Stander), author.
viii, 424 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm
Introduction: Making mistakes -- Part I. The birth and youth of the neutrino -- This crazy child -- Infancy and youth -- From poltergeist to particle -- Part II. The dream of neutrino astronomy -- Wisconsin-style physics -- Peaceful exploration by interested scientists throughout the world -- Science at its best -- Part III. Touching the mystery -- Solid-state DUMAND -- Enter Bruce -- The crossover -- A supernova of science -- Doubling down -- Glory days -- Night on the ice -- The first nus -- The Peacock and Eva events -- Y2K at Pole -- Part IV. The real thing -- Sometimes you get what you ask for -- No new starts -- The coming of Yeck -- Failure and success -- As quickly as it all began... -- Crossing the threshold -- Epilogue: The dawn of multi-messenger astronomy.
The IceCube Observatory has been called the "weirdest" of the seven wonders of modern astronomy by Scientific American. In The Telescope in the Ice, Mark Bowen tells the amazing story of the people who built the instrument and the science involved. Located near the U. S. Amundsen-Scott Research Station at the geographic South Pole, IceCube is unlike most telescopes in that it is not designed to detect light. It employs a cubic kilometer of diamond-clear ice, more than a mile beneath the surface, to detect an elementary particle known as the neutrino. In 2010, it detected the first extraterrestrial high-energy neutrinos and thus gave birth to a new field of astronomy. IceCube is also the largest particle physics detector ever built. Its scientific goals span not only astrophysics and cosmology but also pure particle physics. And since the neutrino is one of the strangest and least understood of the known elementary particles, this is fertile ground. Neutrino physics is perhaps the most active field in particle physics today, and IceCube is at the forefront. The Telescope in the Ice is, ultimately, a book about people and the thrill of the chase: the struggle to understand the neutrino and the pioneers and inventors of neutrino astronomy.

Professor Astro Cat's solar system

December 15, 2017
Walliman, Dominic, Dr., author.
London : Flying Eye Books, 2017.
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 25 cm
"Welcome planet explorers! Did you know that Venus is covered in volcanoes? Have you ever wondered why Mars is red? Well, you're in luck! Professor Astro Cat and the gang are about to set off on a journey around our solar system--so buckle up, join the tour, and get your learn on! "--Goodreads.

The planet factory : exoplanets and the search for a second Earth

December 12, 2017
Tasker, Elizabeth, author.
336 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Introduction: The blind planet hunters -- part 1. The factory floor: The factory floor ; The record-breaking building project ; The problem with gas ; Air and sea -- part 2. Dangerous planets: The impossible planet ; We are not normal ; Water, diamonds or lava? : the planet recipe nobody knew ; Worlds around dead stars ; The lands of two suns ; The planetary crime scene ; Going rogue -- part 3. Goldilocks worlds: The Goldilocks criteria ; The search for another earth ; Alien vistas ; Beyond the Goldilocks zone ; The moon factory ; The search life.
"The Planet Factory tells the story of exoplanets, planets orbiting stars outside of our solar system. Discover the specks of dust that circle a young star come together in a violent building project that can form colossal worlds hundreds of times the size of the Earth; the changing orbits of young planets that risk dooming the life forming on neighboring worlds or, alternatively, that can deliver the key ingredients needed to seed its beginnings. Exoplanets are one of the greatest construction schemes in the universe and they occur around nearly every star you see. Each result is an alien landscape, but is it possible that one of these could be like our own home? The Planet Factory discusses the way these planets form, their structure and features, and describes in detail the detection techniques used (there are many) before looking at what we can learn about the surface environments and planetary atmospheres, and whether this hints at the tantalizing possibility of life." --

The little book of black holes

October 23, 2017
Gubser, Steven Scott, 1972- author.
Princeton, New Jersey : Princeton University Press, [2017]
xv, 179 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm.
Includes index.
Special relativity -- General relativity -- The Schwarzschild black hole -- Spinning black holes -- Black holes in the universe -- Black hole collisions -- Black hole thermodynamics.

Astrophotography : the most spectacular astronomical images of the Universe

September 19, 2017
Evans, Rhodri.
London : Andre Deutsch, 2016.
192 pages : color illustrations ; 29 cm.
"Our enduring fascination in our solar system and the wonders of the universe is now being fed by images of breathtaking detail, whether from data sent back 7.5 billion kilometres to bring Pluto into focus, or our first direct encounter with a comet by the Philae lander. The very best images captured by the new generation of terrestrial telescopes, orbiting telescopes and deep-space probes and landers have been collected in this magnificent volume. Detailed captions explain the equipment and techicalities of producing such images, which are not only mesmerising but also provide a huge amount of information about the geology and atmospheres of celestial bodies, and the formation of distant galaxies. From the world's gigantic telescopes in the Canary Islands, Hawaii and Chile to the New Horizons probe now heading into the Kuiper Belt to examine other icy mini-worlds, each page reveals extraordinary images that take us deeper into our universe"-- Publisher description.

Black holes : the weird science of the most mysterious objects in the universe

September 13, 2017
Latta, Sara L.
Minneapolis : Twenty-First Century Books, [2017]
120 pages : color illustrations ; 24 cm
What is a black hole? -- The black hole at the center of the Milky Way -- Kaboom!, when black holes collide -- What's on the horizon? -- Black holes just wanna have fun : they burp, they blow bubbles, and they play in galactic sandboxes.

The astronomy book

September 12, 2017
352 pages : color illustrations ; 25 cm
From myth to science : 600 BCE-1550 CE -- The telescope revolution : 1550-1750 -- Uranus to Neptune : 1750-1850 -- The rise of Astrophysics : 1850-1915 -- Atoms, stars, and galaxies : 1915-1950 -- New windows on the universe : 1950-1975 -- The triumph of technology : 1975-present.
An essential guide to milestone developments in astronomy, telling the story of our ideas about space, time, and the physics of the cosmos--from ancient times to the present day. From planets and stars to black holes and the Big Bang, take a journey through the wonders of the universe. Featuring topics from the Copernican Revolution to the mind-boggling theories of recent science, The Astronomy Book uses flowcharts, graphics, and illustrations to help clarify hard-to-grasp concepts and explain almost 100 big astronomical ideas.

The old farmer's almanac.

August 28, 2017
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).

Being in the shadow : stories of the first-time total eclipse experience

July 17, 2017
Russo, Kate, 1972- author.
Belfast : Being in the Shadow, c2017.
134 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm.
A total solar eclipse is considered to be a once-in-a-lifetime experience. This book describes what it is like, using personal stories from ordinary people. By being in the right place at the right time, these individuals shuddered with fear and anticipation as their world was plunged into an eerie darkness. After reading these personal stories, you will understand why you must get into the path of totality to experience a total eclipse. But be warned -- once may not be enough.

The Kingfisher space encyclopedia

July 11, 2017
Goldsmith, Mike, 1962-
London ; New York : Kingfisher Books, 2017.
159 pages : color illustrations ; 28 cm
Includes index.
Observing space -- The solar system -- Stars and galaxies -- Space exploration -- Space in the future.
Presents an introductory look at space, including information on the solar system, the history of space exploration, and space in the future.

Universal : a guide to the cosmos

July 6, 2017
Cox, Brian, 1968- author.
Boston, MA : Da Capo Press, 2017.
ix, 280 pages : illustrations (chiefly color), maps (chiefly color) ; 28 cm
The story of the universe -- How old are things? -- Weighing the Earth -- The distance to the stars -- Einstein's theory of gravity -- The Big Bang -- Weighing the universe -- What happened before the Big Bang? -- Our place -- Evolution of the universe.
In this journey of scientific exploration, the authors consider some of the most fundamental questions about our Earth, Sun, and solar system--and the star-filled galaxies beyond. How big is our solar system? How quickly is space expanding? How big is the universe? What is it made of? Some of these questions can be answered on the basis of observations you can make in your own backyard. Other answers draw on the astonishing information now being gathered by teams of astronomers operating at the frontiers of the known universe.

4th rock from the Sun : the story of Mars

June 29, 2017
Jenner, Nicky, author.
272 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (chiefly colour) ; 23 cm
Includes index.
Mars fever -- The wolf and the woodpecker -- Marvin and the spiders -- Death stars and little green Martians -- The motions of Mars -- The massive Mars problem -- Phobos and Deimos -- The draw of Cydonia -- Life on Mars? -- Robot cars on Mars -- Destination: Mars -- The future of the red planet -- Appendix: Chronological list of Mars missions.
"Mars is ingrained in our culture, from David Bowie's extra-terrestrial spiders to H.G. Wells's The War of the Worlds. The red planet has inspired hundreds of scientists, authors and filmmakers--but why? What is it about this particular planet that makes it so intriguing? Ancient mythologies defined Mars as a violent harbinger of war, and astrologers found meaning in the planet's dance through the sky. Stargazers puzzled over Mars's unfamiliar properties; some claimed to see canals criss-crossing its surface, while images from early spacecraft showed startling faced and pyramids carved out of rusty rock. Did Martians exist? If so, were they intelligent, civilised beings? We now have a better understanding of Mars: its red hue, small moons, atmosphere (or lack of it), and mysterious past. Robots have trundled across the planet's surface, beaming back astonishing views of the alien landscape and seeking clues on how it has evolved. While little green Martians are now firmly the preserve of literature, evidence is growing that the now arid, frozen planet was once warmer, wetter, and possibly thronging with microbial life. Soon, we may set food on the planet. What challenges are involved, and how are we preparing for them? Is there a future for humanity on Mars? In 4th Rock from the Sun, Nicky Jenner reviews Mars in its entirety, exploring its nature, attributes, potential as a human colony and impact on 3rd Rock-culture--everything you need to know about the Red Planet."--Jacket.

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

June 12, 2017
Koski, Olivia, author.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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, "

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.

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