These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.
March 23, 2017
Summers, Michael E., author.
218 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
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.
March 10, 2017
Dinwiddie, Robert, 1953- author.
New York, New York : DK Publishing, 2016.
256 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 31 cm
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.
March 9, 2017
Howell, Catherine Herbert, author.
Washington, D.C. : National Geographic Partners, 
178 pages : color illustrations ; 19 cm
Night sky -- Stars -- Moon -- Space hardware -- Comets, meteors & asteroids -- Planets -- Deep space -- Constellations.
February 6, 2017
Burdick, Alan, author.
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.
January 30, 2017
Kenney, Karen Latchana.
Minneapolis : Twenty-First Century Books, 
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.
December 20, 2016
Sobel, Dava, author.
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.
November 29, 2016
Stewart, Ian, 1945- author.
New York, NY : Basic Books, 
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.
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.
October 10, 2016
Avon, Massachusetts : Adams Media, 
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
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
September 26, 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.
September 26, 2016
Menzel, Donald H. (Donald Howard), 1901-1976.
Norwalk, Conn. : Easton, 1984.
x, 473 pages : illustrations (some color), maps ; 19 cm.
September 22, 2016
Nordgren, Tyler E. (Tyler Eugene), 1969- author.
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.
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?
June 30, 2016
Prinja, Raman, 1961- author.
120 pages : color illustrations ; 25 cm
"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
June 8, 2016
Proctor, Richard A. (Richard Anthony), 1837-1888.
New York, D. Appleton and Company, 1874.
iv, 305 pages ; 19 cm
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.
June 1, 2016
209 pages : color illustrations ; 26 cm
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.
June 1, 2016
Shore, Linda, author.
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 24 cm
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.
April 27, 2016
Scagell, Robin, author.
Richmond Hill, Ontario : Firefly Books, 2015.
320 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 30 cm
All the information you need to explore the northern and southern night skies. --Publisher.
April 25, 2016
Alexander, Stephon, author.
New York : Basic Books, a member of Perseus Books Group, 
viii, 254 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
April 20, 2016
Natarajan, Priyamvada, author.
New Haven : Yale University Press, 
xvi, 267 pages,  pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
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.
March 10, 2016
Gribbin, John, 1946- author.
New Haven : Yale University Press, 2016.
xiii, 242 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
February 10, 2016
Gott, J. Richard, author.
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.