New Arrivals · Astronomy

October 23, 2019
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Dark skies : a practical guide to astrotourism

October 22, 2019
Stimac, Valerie, author.
Carlton, Victoria : Lonely Planet, 2019.
287 pages : color illustrations ; 22 cm
Includes index.
Usage guide -- Stargazing -- Dark places -- Astronomy in action -- Meteor showers -- Aurora -- Eclipses -- Launches -- Space flig.
"Discover the best stargazing destinations around the world with Lonely Planet. This comprehensive companion includes guides to 35 dark-sky sites and national parks, where to see the aurora, the next decade of total solar eclipses and how to view rocket launches, plus the lowdown on commercial space flight"--Back cover.

Letters from an astrophysicist

September 27, 2019
Tyson, Neil deGrasse, author.
New York, NY : W.W. Norton & Company, [2019]
xv, 247 pages : color illustration ; 20 cm
Includes index.
Preface -- Prologue: a memoir, of sorts -- I. Ethos -- Chapter 1: Hope -- Chapter 2: Extraordinary claims -- Chapter 3: Musings -- II. Cosmos -- Chapter 4: Hate mail -- Chapter 5: Science denial -- Chapter 6: Philosophy -- III. Pathos -- Chapter 7: Life and death -- Chapter 8: Tragedy -- Chapter 9: To believe or not to believe -- IV. Kairos -- Chapter 10: School days -- Chapter 11: Parenting -- Chapter 12: Rebuttals -- Epilogue: a eulogy, of sorts.
Tyson shares 101 letters from people across the globe who have sought him out in search of scientific answers.

Stargazing : photographs of the night sky from the archives of NASA

September 13, 2019
United States. National Aeronautics and Space Administration, author.
San Francisco : Chronicle Books, [2019]
128 pages : color illustrations ; 24 x 29 cm

The old farmer's almanac.

September 10, 2019
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).

Constellations : the story of space told through the 88 known star patterns in the night sky

July 12, 2019
Schilling, Govert, author.
224 pages : color illustrations, maps ; 26 cm
Includes index.
Constellations through the ages -- Constellations of the zodiac -- An astronomy primer -- Watching the skies -- How this book is organized -- The greek alphabet -- Map of the northern sky -- Map of the southern sky -- Andromeda -- Antlia -- Apus -- Aquarius -- Aquila -- Ara -- Aries -- Auriga -- Boötes -- Caelum -- Camelopardalis -- Cancer -- Canes Venatici -- Canis Major -- Canis Minor -- Capricornus -- Carina -- Cassiopeia -- Centaurus -- Cepheus -- Cetus -- Chamaeleon -- Circinus -- Columba -- Coma berenices -- Corona Australis -- Corona Borealis -- Corvus -- Crater -- Crux -- Cygnus -- Delphinus -- Dorado -- Draco -- Equuleus -- Eridanus -- Fornax -- Gemini -- Grus -- Hercules -- Horologium -- Hydra -- Hydrus -- Indus -- Shapes-shifting constellations -- Lacerta -- Leo -- Leo minor -- Lepus -- Libra -- Lupus -- Lynx -- Lyra -- Mensa -- Microscopium -- Monoceros -- Musca -- Norma -- 3D constellations -- Octans -- Ophiuchus -- Orion -- Pavo -- Pegasus -- Perseus -- Phoenix -- Pictor -- Pisces -- Piscis Austrinus -- Puppis -- Pyxis -- Reticulum -- Changing views -- Sagitta -- Sagittarius -- Scorpius -- Sculptor -- Scutum -- Serpens -- Sextans -- Taurus -- Telescopium -- Triangulum -- Triangulum australe -- Tucana -- Ursa Major -- Ursa Minor -- Vela -- Virgo -- Volans -- Vulpecula.
"A visual guide to all 88 constellations in our night sky"-- Provided by publisher.

Fire in the sky : cosmic collisions, killer asteroids, and the race to defend the Earth

June 5, 2019
Dillow, Gordon, author.
ix, 277 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 24 cm
Impact! -- Miraculous apparitions in the ayre -- Asteroid miners -- Star wounds -- T-rex with a string of pearls -- Asteroid hunters -- Planetary defense -- Asteroid killers -- Asteroid wars -- Epilogue.
"An historical survey about asteroid hits sustained by Earth and the defenses being prepared against future asteroid-caused catastrophe"-- Provided by publisher.

The moon : a history for the future

May 31, 2019
Morton, Oliver, author.
New York : Public Affairs, 2019.
xiii, 333 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
"Originally published in 2019 by Profile Books Ltd. in Great Britain"--Title page verso.

Map art lab : 52 exciting art explorations in mapmaking, imagination, and travel

April 29, 2019
Berry, Jill K., author.
Beverly, MA : Quarry Books, 2014.
144 pages : color illustrations, color maps ; 23 cm.
Map basics -- Map magic -- Flat maps -- Miexed-media maps -- Personal maps -- Cartographic projects -- Inspired by artists.
"Travel through the exciting world of cartography with Map Lab. This fun and creative book features 52 map-related activities set into weekly exercises, beginning with legends and lines, moving through types and styles, and then creating personalized maps that allow you to journey to new worlds. Map Lab is the perfect book for map lovers, creative/DIY-inspired, designers. Artists of all ages and experience levels can use this book to explore enjoyable and engaging exercises."-- Provided by publisher.

Moon : an illustrated history ; from ancient myths to the colonies of tomorrow

April 25, 2019
Warmflash, David, author.
211 pages : illustrations (mostly color) ; 23 cm.
"Moon: An Illustrated History chronologically presents 100 milestones in the Moon’s development and exploration. Starting 4.5 billion years ago when the Moon formed, this stunning volume moves from the hypotheses of the Moon’s formation (4.5 billion years ago) to sixth-century BCE predictions of solar eclipses, from the twentieth-century Space Race between the US and the Soviet Union to private space companies and possible future lunar colonies. Find out about lunar calendar systems and cults in the Bible; how lunar brightness was used to estimate stellar distances; how advancing telescopes in the seventeenth century allowed us to eye the Moon more closely; how author Jules Verne inspired the Father of Astronautics; the originals of the Saturn V Moon Rocket; the Apollo missions, and so much more."--Amazon

Eating the sun : small musings on a vast universe

April 16, 2019
Sanders, Ella Frances, author.
[New York, New York] : Penguin Books, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC, [2019]
viii, 149 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 20 cm
"An illustrated exploration of the principles, laws, and wonders that rule our universe, our solar system, our world, and our daily lives from the bestselling creator of Lost in Translation"-- Provided by publisher.

The Earth book : from the beginning to the end of our planet, 250 milestones in the history of earth science

March 27, 2019
Bell, Jim, 1965- author.
528 pages : color illustrations ; 22 cm
Explores 250 wide-ranging milestones in the history of the planet Earth, including the birth of the moon, the oldest signs of life on Earth, the first mines, the invention of agriculture, women in earth science, reaching the South Pole, planet genetics, earthlike exoplanets, and rising CO₂ levels. Some of the key scientists and inventors from around the world who have shaped our modern understanding of planet Earth, such as Leonardo da Vinci and Johannes Kepler, are also included.

Backyard guide to the night sky

March 19, 2019
Fazekas, Andrew, author.
286 pages : color illustrations ; 21 cm
Discovering starry skies -- The atmosphere -- The sun -- The moon -- The planets -- Comets & meteors -- Beyond the solar system -- Beyond the Milky Way -- Navigating the night sky -- Sky charts.
Volume packed full of information that illuminates key astronomical concepts along side the history and legends surrounding the stars and planets.

Universal life : an inside look behind the race to discover life beyond earth

February 20, 2019
Boss, Alan, 1951- author.
New York, NY : Oxford University Press, [2019]
x, 206 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color), ports. ; 25 cm
Includes index.
Don't take no for an answer -- Waiting for Kepler to deliver the goods -- Astro 2010 comes to bat -- Barcelona is in Catalonia, not in Spain -- Witness protection program -- The president proposes, congress disposes -- Open for business, under new management -- Bring out your dead -- Ominous signs from Maryland -- Ground-based telescopes score a hat trick -- And that's not all -- Proxima centauri b arrives on stage -- Speaking of the decadal survey -- November 8, 2016, a date which will -- And the winners are -- Say, could you help me out -- The pre-decadal-survey decadal survey.

Earth-shattering : violent supernovas, galactic explosions, biological mayhem, nuclear meltdowns, and other hazards to life in our universe

February 14, 2019
Berman, Bob, author.
New York : Little, Brown and Company, 2019.
xii, 307 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm

Theater of the world : the maps that made history

December 10, 2018
Reinertsen Berg, Thomas, 1971- author.
New York : Little, Brown and Company, 2018.
xv, 367 pages : illustrations (chiefly color), color maps ; 24 cm
"Originally published in the Great Britain by Hodder and Stoughton, September 2018"--Title page verso.
The first images of the world : prehistoric maps, stories of creation, and Sumerian, Babylonian and Egyptian maps -- Like frogs about a pond : Ptolemy, one of the greatest geographers of his time, and the Greeks' increasing knowledge of the world throughout antiquity -- Holy geography : a world made for humans by God, in which the clerics and cartographers of the Middle Ages depict the holy story of creation -- The first atlas : Abraham Ortelius and Gerardus Mercator map the world's expansion as a result of the Europeans' numerous voyages and the Renaissance thirst for knowledge -- Venturing out : a Norwegian map on the move, Dutch nautical charts, the battle for the biggest atlas, and more about Mercator and all he never managed to complete -- The great surveys : France, Denmark and Norway learn to survey large areas, Kongsvinger gets a prime meridian in 1779, and maps play a role in central government administration -- White spaces in the North : the second Fram expedition sets out in 1898, in the wake of the many others that had previously tried to map the northern regions -- As seen from above : the First World War paves the way for aerial surveys, which in turn pave the way for a Norwegian economic map series and the appearance of maps in most areas of society -- Blue planet : about the seven tenths of our planet that are covered by water, and Marie Tharp's attempts to understand what the ocean floor looks like, and why -- The digital world : satellites and computers provide and manage vast amounts of information, and give us maps that are able to speak to us.
"What is a map? How have people been drawing the world throughout history? What do maps say about us? In [this book], Thomas Reinertsen Berg takes us from the mysterious symbols of the Stone Age to Google Earth, exploring how the ability to envision what the world looks like developed hand in hand with worldwide exploration. This fascinating tale of science and strategy, art and technology, power and ambition, practical needs and distant dreams of the unknown, tells a new story about world history and the people who made it. We encounter visionary geographers and heroic explorers along with the unknown heroes of the mapmaking world, both ancient and modern. Theater of the World is above all a celebration of the extraordinary men and women mapmakers whose work has made history."--Dust jacket.

Einstein's monsters : the life and times of black holes

November 27, 2018
Impey, Chris, author.
New York : W.W. Norton & Company Ltd., 2019.
xix, 295 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Part A: Evidence for black holes, large and small. The heart of darkness ; Black holes from star death ; Supermassive black holes ; Gravitational engines -- Part B: Black holes, past, present, and future. The lives of black holes ; Black holes as tests of gravity ; Seeing with gravity eyes ; The fate of black holes.
"The astonishing science of black holes and their role in understanding the history and future of our universe. Black holes are the most extreme objects in the universe, and yet they are ubiquitous. Every massive star leaves behind a black hole when it dies, and every galaxy harbors a supermassive black hole at its center. Frighteningly enigmatic, these dark giants continue to astound even the scientists who spend their careers studying them. Distinguished astronomer Chris Impey takes readers on an exploration of questions at the cutting edge of astrophysics, as well as the history of black holes' role in theoretical physics--from confirming Einstein's equations for general relativity to testing string theory. From the small questions to the big ones--from the tiniest particles to the nature of space-time itself--black holes might be the key to a deeper understanding of the cosmos."--Dust jacket.

Space atlas : mapping the universe and beyond

November 20, 2018
Trefil, James, 1938- author.
351 pages : illustrations (chiefly color), color maps ; 31 cm
In this guided tour of our planetary neighborhood, the Milky Way and other galaxies, and beyond, detailed maps and fascinating imagery from recent space missions partner with clear, authoritative scientific information. Starting with the sun and moving outward into space, acclaimed science writer and physicist James Trefil illuminates each planet, the most important moons, significant asteroids, and other objects in our solar system. Looking beyond, he explains what we know about the Milky Way and other galaxies--and how we know it, with clear explanations of the basics of astrophysics, including dark matter and gravitational waves. For this new edition, and to celebrate the 50th anniversary of his moonwalk, astronaut and American hero Buzz Aldrin offers a new special section on Earth's moon and its essential role in space exploration past and future.

Just six numbers : the deep forces that shape the universe

November 8, 2018
Rees, Martin J., 1942-
New York : Basic Books, ©2000.
x, 195 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
Originally published in 1999 in Great Britain by Weidenfeld & Nicholson.
The cosmos and the microworld -- Our cosmic habitat I : planets, stars and life -- The large number N : gravity in the cosmos -- Stars, the periodic table, and E -- Our cosmic habitat II : beyond our galaxy -- The fine-tuned expansion : dark matter and [omega] -- The number [lambda] : is cosmic expansion slowing or speeding? -- Primordial 'ripples' : the number Q -- Our cosmic habitat III : what lies beyond our horizon? -- Three dimensions (and more) -- Coincidence, providence, or multiverse?

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

November 7, 2018
Bell, Jim, 1965- author.
527 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 23 cm
Includes Preface to the New Edition.
"Since the original edition of The Space Book was published in 2013, much has happened in the world of space exploration. This revised and updated edition, with a new introduction from author Jim Bell, brings the popular Milestones book up to date. It includes the most exciting and newsworthy breakthroughs, from the groundbreaking discovery of the Trappist-1 system to the technologies of the future"

Einstein's shadow : a black hole, a band of astronomers, and the quest to see the unseeable

October 26, 2018
Fletcher, Seth, 1979- author.
New York, NY : Ecco, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, 2018.
xxvii, 255 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Traces the efforts of an elite scientific team who tested Einstein's theory of relativity during a historic mission to photograph a black hole, addressing key questions about time, space, and the nature of the universe.

Dispatches from planet 3 : thirty-two (brief) tales on the solar system, the Milky Way, and beyond

September 25, 2018
Bartusiak, Marcia, 1950- author.
New Haven ; London : Yale University Press, [2018]
xiii, 304 pages illustrations ; 23 cm
"An award-winning science writer presents a captivating collection of cosmological essays for the armchair astronomer. The galaxy, the multiverse, and the history of astronomy are explored in this engaging compilation of cosmological "tales" by multiple award-winning science writer Marcia Bartusiak. In thirty-two concise and engrossing essays, the author provides a deeper understanding of the nature of the universe and those who strive to uncover its mysteries. Bartusiak shares the back stories for many momentous astronomical discoveries, including the contributions of such pioneers as Beatrice Tinsley and her groundbreaking research in galactic evolution, and Jocelyn Bell Burnell, the scientist who first discovered radio pulsars. An endlessly fascinating collection that you can dip into in any order, these pieces will transport you to ancient Mars, when water flowed freely across its surface; to the collision of two black holes, a cosmological event that released fifty times more energy than was radiating from every star in the universe; and to the beginning of time itself."--Jacket flap.

Astronomy : a visual guide

August 9, 2018
Ridpath, Ian, author.
New York, New York : DK Publishing, 2018.
352 pages : illustrations (chiefly color), maps ; 24 cm
Includes index.

Catching stardust : comets, asteroids and the birth of the solar system

June 14, 2018
Starkey, Natalie, author.
London : Bloomsbury Sigma, 2018.
256 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 22 cm
Includes index.
Comets and asteroids are among the Solar System's very oldest inhabitants. This book tells the story of these enigmatic celestial objects, revealing how scientists are using them to help understand a crucial time in our history--the birth of the Solar System, and everything contained within it.

Light of the stars : alien worlds and the fate of the Earth

June 6, 2018
Frank, Adam, 1962- author.
vii, 262 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Introduction: The project and the planet -- The alien equation -- What the robot ambassadors say -- The masks of Earth -- Worlds beyond measure -- The final factor -- The awakened worlds.
"Light of the Stars tells the story of humanity's coming of age as we awaken to the possibilities of life on other worlds and their sudden relevance to our fate on Earth. Astrophysicist Adam Frank traces the question of alien life and intelligence from the ancient Greeks to the leading thinkers of our own time, and shows how we as a civilization can only hope to survive climate change if we recognize what science has recently discovered: that we are just one of ten billion trillion planets in the Universe, and it's highly likely that many of those planets hosted technologically advanced alien civilizations. What's more, each of those civilizations must have faced the same challenge of civilization-driven climate change. Written with great clarity and conviction, Light of the Stars builds on the inspiring work of pioneering scientists such as Frank Drake and Carl Sagan, whose work at the dawn of the space age began building the new science of astrobiology; Jack James, the Texas-born engineer who drove NASA's first planetary missions to success; Vladimir Vernadsky, the Russian geochemist who first envisioned the Earth's biosphere; and James Lovelock and Lynn Margulis, who invented Gaia theory. Frank recounts the perilous journey NASA undertook across millions of miles of deep space to get its probes to Venus and Mars, yielding our first view of the cosmic laws of planets and climate that changed our understanding of our place in the universe."--Dust jacket flap.

Universe : exploring the astronomical world.

May 24, 2018
351 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 30 cm
Commissioning editor, Victoria Clarke; project editor, Rosie Pickles.
Introduction -- Universe : the works -- Timeline -- A history of viewing the universe -- Glossary -- Biographies.
Explore the stars and planets and beyond through 300 fascinating images--an international panel of experts take you on a journey through man's record of the universe--from ancient cave paintings to animation. Universe is a groundbreaking survey that celebrates the popular subject of astronomy through 300 images created by those who have tried to understand--or who have been inspired by--the beauty and mystery of stars, planets, and beyond. Carefully chosen by an international panel of experts and arranged to highlight thought-provoking contrasts and similarities, the selection includes paintings, photographs, sculpture, animation, prints, sketches, and digital renderings with iconic works by renowned photographers, artists, and astronomers alongside previously unpublished finds.

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