New Arrivals · Astronomy

April 28, 2016
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

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." --

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.
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.
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.
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,"

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

November 6, 2015
Randall, Lisa, author.
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." --

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.
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)
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.
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.

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