New Arrivals · Astronomy

May 8, 2015
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

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.
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
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


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.

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