New Arrivals · Astronomy

July 9, 2020
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

They changed the world : Copernicus, Bruno, Galileo

July 8, 2020
Hoskin, Rik, author.
New Delhi : Campfire, [2019]
84 pages : chiefly color illustrations ; 26 cm.
"Copernicus, Bruno and Galileo...Learn the life stories of these three great minds, their great breakthroughs, right to their final years."--Provided by publisher.

Cosmos : possible worlds

February 26, 2020
Druyan, Ann, 1949- author.
383 pages : illustrations (chiefly color), portraits (some color) ; 24 cm
Companion text to television series of same title.
Prologue -- Ladder to the stars -- Oh, Mighty King -- Lost city of life -- Vavilov -- The cosmic connectome -- The man of a trillion worlds -- The search for intelligent life on earth -- The sacrifice of Cassini -- Magic without lies -- A tale of two atoms -- The fleeting grace of the habitable zone -- Coming of age in the Anthropocene -- A possible world.
"Cosmos: Possible Worlds travels through more than 14 billion years of cosmic evolution and into an astonishing future where probes travel by light beams to distant stars, helping us solve enduring mysteries of our origins and dream toward an unimaginable time ahead."-- Provided by publisher.

All over the map : a cartographic odyssey

February 25, 2020
Mason, Betsy, author.
Washington, D.C. : National Geographic, 2018.
318 pages : color illustrations, color maps ; 31 cm
Introduction -- Waterways -- Cities -- Conflict and crisis -- Landscapes -- Economies -- Science -- Human experiences -- Worlds -- Art and imagination.
"Created for map lovers by map lovers, this rich book explores the intriguing stories behind maps across history and illuminates how the art of cartography thrives today. In this visually stunning book, award-winning journalists Betsy Mason and Greg Miller--authors of the National Geographic cartography blog "All Over the Map"--Explore the intriguing stories behind maps from a wide variety of cultures, civilizations, and time periods. Based on interviews with scores of leading cartographers, curators, historians, and scholars, this is a remarkable selection of fascinating and unusual maps. This diverse compendium includes ancient maps of dragon-filled seas, elaborate graphics picturing unseen concepts and forces from inside Earth to outer space, devious maps created by spies, and maps from pop culture such as the schematics to the Death Star and a map of Westeros from Game of Thrones. If your brain craves maps--and Mason and Miller would say it does, whether you know it or not--this eye-opening visual feast will inspire and delight"-- Provided by publisher.

Until the end of time : mind, matter, and our search for meaning in an evolving universe

February 20, 2020
Greene, B. (Brian), 1963- author.
New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2020.
xiii, 428 pages ; 25 cm
This is a Borzoi book.
"Brian Greene takes readers on a breathtaking journey from the big bang to the end of time and invites us to ponder meaning in the face of this unimaginable expanse. He shows us how, from its original orderly state the universe has been moving inexorably toward chaos, and, still, remarkable structures have continually formed: the planets, stars, and galaxies that provide islands in a sea of disorder; biochemical mechanisms, including mutation and selection, animate life; neurons, information, and thought developed into complex consciousness which in turn gave rise to cultures and their timeless myths and creativity. And he describes, as well, how, in the deep reaches of the future, the nature of the universe will threaten the existence of matter itself."--Provided by publisher.

Handprints on Hubble : an astronaut's story of invention

January 3, 2020
Sullivan, Kathy, 1951- author.
Cambridge, Massachusetts : The MIT Press, [2019]
xv, 281 pages : color illustrations ; 24 cm.
Introduction -- Sputnik baby -- Thirty-five new guys -- "It shall be maintainable" -- Mission prep -- Grounded -- Returning to flight -- A new star in the sky -- Rescue and renovation.
The Hubble Space Telescope has revolutionized our understanding of the universe. Sullivan, a retired astronaut, describes her work on the NASA team that made all of this possible. She recounts how she and other astronauts, engineers, and scientists launched, rescued, repaired, and maintained Hubble, the most productive observatory ever built. Along the way Sullivan chronicles her path to NASA through oceanography, her initiation into the space program, and recounts the temporary grounding of the shuttle program after the Challenger disaster. She also describes the work of inventing the tools and processes that made on-orbit maintenance possible. -- adapted from jacket

Written in the stars : constellations, facts and folklore

January 3, 2020
Davies, Alison, 1972- author.
London : Quadrille, 2018.
208 pages : color illustrations ; 20 cm
Introduction -- Ursa Major -- Zodiac -- Perseus -- Hercules -- Orion -- Heavenly waters -- Johann Bayer -- Lacaille -- Monthly guide to best time to see constellations -- Gods, goddesses, nymphs, nobles and divine heroes and heroines.
For anyone who has ever looked up at the night sky and longed to know more about the constellations that inhabit it then this is the perfect guide to discovering the stars. Written in the Stars will lead you through the heavens above as you discover the scientific facts, legends, and myths that surround the 88 constellations of the Northern and Southern hemispheres. Uncover the patterns in the stars through the richly illustrated pages of this charming book as each entry brings each constellation to life in the magical artwork of this book. Beautifully packaged, stars are included throughout along with key information of where to spot each constellation in the night sky to help you to identify the celestial bodies above us. Visually stunning, Written in the Stars captures the beauty of the stars and is the perfect gift for novice stargazers and armchair astronomers alike.


December 23, 2019
Sagan, Carl, 1934-1996.
New York : Ballantine, 2013.
xxix, 396 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color), maps ; 21 cm
Originally published: New York : Random House, ©1980.
"The classic bestseller. With a new foreword by Neil DeGrasse Tyson. Introduction by Ann Druyan."--Cover.
The shores of the cosmic ocean -- One voice in the cosmic feud -- The harmony of worlds -- Heaven and hell -- Blues for a red planet -- Travelers' tales -- The backbone of the night -- Travels in space and time -- The lives of the stars -- The edge of forever --The persistence of memory -- Encyclopedia Galactica -- Who speaks for Earth?
Presents an illustrated guide to the universe and to Earth's relationship to it, moving from theories of creation to humankind's discovery of the cosmos, to general relativity, to space missions, and beyond.

Space exploration : a history in 100 objects

December 10, 2019
Odenwald, Sten F., author.
205 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 25 cm
"From Galileo's telescope to the International Space Station - a stunningly photo-filled tour through the milestones of space exploration, examining iconic objects from Sputnik to Skylab and their effect on what we know and how we think about space."-- Provided by publisher.

Light from the void : twenty years of discovery with NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory

December 6, 2019
Arcand, Kimberly K., author.
Washington, DC : Smithsonian Books, [2019]
204 pages : color illustrations ; 26 cm
Includes index.
Take a journey through the cosmos with 'Light from the Void', a stunning collection of photographs from the Chandra X-Ray Observatory's two decades of operation. The book showcases rarely-seen celestial phenomena such as black holes, planetary nebulae, galaxy clusters, gravitational waves, stellar birth and death, and more. Accompanying these images of incredible natural phenomena are captions explaining how they occur. The images start close to home and move outward: beginning with images of the Chandra launch, then moving into the solar system, through the nearby universe, and finally to the most distant galaxies Chandra has observed, the book brings readers on a far-out visual voyage.

Visual galaxy : the ultimate guide to the Milky Way and beyond.

November 12, 2019
Washington, D.C : National Geographic, [2019]
320 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 30 cm
Includes index.
This compelling visual journey through our galaxy combines more than 350 photographs, illustrations, and graphics to present the universe as you've never seen it before. Visual Galaxy is a deep dive into the past, present, and future of our home galaxy, the Milky Way. In this mind-expanding visual tour through the cosmos, spectacular photographs are converted into interpretive graphics, starting with the sun and moving outward into space where stars are born, black holes lurk, and planets of diverse size and anatomy spin through their orbit. The final chapters locate our galaxy within the known universe and add a scintillating peek of other exoplanets in the cosmos. Detailed maps and fascinating imagery from recent space missions are paired with clear, authoritative scientific information.

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.

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