New Arrivals · Astronomy

September 19, 2014
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

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


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.
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.


March 28, 2014
Tuchman, Gail.
New York, NY : Scholastic, c2014.
32 p. : col. ill. ; 23 cm.

Our Sun : biography of a star

February 4, 2014
Cooper, Christopher, 1944-
224 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 31 cm.
Includes index.
Our Sun reveals the science behind the sun, traces its impact on human history, and reveals its growing importance to our future way of life.

The accidental universe : the world you thought you knew

January 13, 2014
Lightman, Alan P., 1948-
New York : Pantheon Books, [2013]
xi, 157 pages ; 20 cm
The accidental universe -- The temporary universe -- The spiritual universe -- The symmetrical universe -- The gargantuan universe -- The lawful universe -- The disembodied universe.

Our mathematical universe : my quest for the ultimate nature of reality

January 2, 2014
Tegmark, Max, author.
New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2014.
viii, 421 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
"Max Tegmark leads us on an astonishing journey through past, present, and future, and through the physics, astronomy and mathematics that are the foundation of his work, most particularly his hypothesis that our physical reality is a mathematical structure and his theory of the ultimate multiverse. In a dazzling combination of both popular and ground-breaking science, he not only helps us grasp his often mind-boggling theories (his website gives a flavor of how they might boggle the mind), but he also shares with us some of the often surprising triumphs and disappointments that have shaped his life as a scientist. Fascinating from first to last--here is a book for the full science-reading spectrum"-- Provided by publisher.


December 4, 2013
Dinwiddie, Robert.
New York, N.Y. : DK Pub., 2013.
191 p. : col. ill. ; 23 cm.
Includes index.

Neutrino hunters : the thrilling chase for a ghostly particle to unlock the secrets of the universe

December 4, 2013
Jayawardhana, Ray.
New York : Scientific American/Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2013.
243 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
The hunt heats up -- A terrible thing -- Ghost chasing -- Sun underground -- Cosmic chameleons -- Exploding stars -- Vanishing acts -- Seeds of a revolution.
"Detective thriller meets astrophysics in this adventure into neutrinos and the scientists who pursue them"-- Provided by publisher.

From dust to life : the origin and evolution of our solar system

December 3, 2013
Chambers, John, author.
Princeton, New Jersey : Princeton University Press, [2014]
xvi, 299 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Cosmic archaeology -- Discovering the solar system -- An evolving solar system -- The question of timing -- Meteorites -- Cosmic chemistry -- A star is born -- Nursery for planets -- Worlds of rock and metal -- The making of the moon -- Earth, cradle of life -- worlds of gas and ice -- What happened to the asteroid belt? -- The outermost solar system -- Paradigms, problems, and predictions.

Comets : visitors from deep space

November 6, 2013
Eicher, David J., 1961- author.
New York, NY : Cambridge University Press, [2013]
208 pages ; 25 cm
Strange lights in the sky -- Great comets of the past -- What are comets? -- Comets of the modern era -- Comets in human culture -- Where comets live -- The expanding science of comets -- Observing comets -- Imaging comets.

Wonders of the solar system

September 25, 2013
Cox, Brian, 1968-
New York : HarperCollins, [2013], c2010.
252 p. : col. ill. ; 29 cm.
TV tie-in.
Includes index.
The wonder -- Empire of the sun -- Order out of chaos -- The thin blue line -- Dead or alive -- Aliens.

The old farmer's almanac.

September 17, 2013
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).

Hubble ... science year in review.

August 28, 2013
[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."

The Milky Way : an insider's guide

July 29, 2013
Waller, William H. (William Howard), 1952- author.
xi, 316 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 25 cm
First impressions -- Historic perceptions -- Panchromatic vistas -- Neighbors of the Sun -- Beacons from afar -- Star birth -- Lives of the stars -- Stellar afterlives -- The galactic garden -- Monster in the core -- Tales of origin -- Life in the Milky Way.

A Renaissance globemaker's toolbox : Johannes Schöner and the revolution of modern science, 1475-1550

July 19, 2013
Hessler, John W.
Washington, DC : Library of Congress ; London : In association with D. Giles Ltd., 2013.
176 p. : ill. (chiefly col.), maps (chiefly col.) ; 20 x 24 cm.
For posterity : the miscellanies of Johannes Schöner -- The Schöner Sammelband at the Library of Congress. 12 sheets of the Waldseemüller 1507 world map ; 13 sheets of the Waldseemüller 1515 "carta marina," including Schöner manuscript ; Celestial globe gores ; Terrestrial gore fragments ; Celestial gore fragments ; Dürer-Stabius star chart -- Cartography in the margins : how Johannes Schöner read his maps -- Johannes Schöner makes a globe -- It's all in the stars : natal astrology and Johannes Schöner's three books -- The Earth begins to move : Rheticus and the early reception of Copernican astronomy -- Johannes Schöner and the birth of modern science.

Astronomy 101 : from the sun and moon to wormholes and warp drive, key theories, discoveries, and facts about the universe

July 10, 2013
Petersen, Carolyn Collins, author.
288 pages, [8] pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 19 cm
"A crash course in the science of space" -- Cover.

The space book : from the beginning to the end of time, 250 milestones in the history of space & astronomy

June 27, 2013
Bell, Jim, 1965-
New York, NY : Sterling, c2013.
527 p. : ill. (chiefly col.), col. maps ; 23 cm.
Birth of our universe -- Observing the heavens -- The Space Age -- Our future.
Presents a series of 250 significant events in the history of astronomy and space exploration, from the original formation of the galaxies, to the space mission to the planet Mars, to speculation about the end of the universe.

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