New Arrivals · Astronomy

August 10, 2018
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

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.

The practical astronomer

May 23, 2018
Gater, Will, author.
264 pages : color illustrations, color maps ; 24 cm
Revised and updated.
"First American Edition, 2010"--Title page verso.
Understanding the universe -- Looking up -- Observing and recording -- Pathfinders -- The solar system -- Star charts.
A complete introduction to observing and understanding the night sky, explaining and demystifying stargazing to recognize objects and explain how they move through the sky over the night and the year.

Losing the Nobel Prize : a story of cosmology, ambition, and the perils of science's highest honor

April 20, 2018
Keating, Brian (Brian Gregory), author.
xxi, 326 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 25 cm
Reading the cosmic prologue -- Losing my religion -- A brief history of time machines -- The bigger the bang, the bigger the problems -- Broken lens 1: the Nobel prize's credit problem -- Ashes to Ashes -- The spark that ignite the big bang -- BICEP: the ultimate time machine -- Heroes of fire, heroes of ice --Broken lens 2: The Nobel prize's cash problem -- Elation! -- Inflation and it's discontents -- Broken lens 3: The Nobel prize's collaboration problem -- Deflation -- Poetry for physicists -- Restoring Alfred's vision -- An ethical wall.
The inside story of a quest to unlock one of cosmology's biggest mysteries, derailed by the lure of the Nobel Prize. Keating provocatively argues that the Nobel Prize actually hampers scientific progress by encouraging speed and competition while punishing inclusivity, collaboration, and bold innovation. To build on efforts to reveal the cosmos' ultimate secrets--indeed, to advance science itself--the Nobel Prize must be radically reformed. --Provided by publisher.

A brief history of time

April 11, 2018
Hawking, Stephen, 1942-2018.
New York : Bantam Books Trade Paperbacks, 2017.
ix, 223 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Originally published in hardcover in the United States in 1988 and in an expanded and updated edition in 1996 by Bantam Books.
Includes index.
Our picture of the universe -- Space and time -- The expanding universe -- The uncertainty principle -- Elementary particles and the forces of nature -- Black holes -- Black holes ain't so black -- The origin and fate of the universe -- The arrow of time -- Wormholes and time travel -- The unification of physics -- Conclusion.
Updated with a new introduction and six short essays on the current science, one of today's greatest scientific minds explores such profound questions as: How did the universe begin-- and what made its start possible? Does time always flow forward? Is the universe unending-- or are there boundaries? Are there other dimensions in space? What will happen when it all ends?

Searching for stars on an island in Maine

March 29, 2018
Lightman, Alan P., 1948-
New York : Pantheon Books, 2018.
viii, 226 pages ; 20 cm
Cave -- longing for absolutes in a relative world -- Material -- Hummingbird -- Stars -- Atoms -- Ants -- Monk -- Truth -- Transcendence -- Laws -- Doctrine -- Motion -- Centeredness -- Death -- Certainty -- Orgins -- Ants (2) -- Multiverse -- Humans.

The art of map illustration : a step-by-step artistic exploration of contemporary cartography and mapmaking

March 29, 2018
144 pages : illustrations (some color), maps ; 30 cm
Table of Contents : Introduction -- Tools & materials -- Hennie Haworth : Art tools, Making a map, Neighborhood map, Urban map, Artist gallery -- Stuart Hill : Digital tools, Lake Garda, French bike ride, Bali, Artist gallery -- James Gulliver Hancock : Montreal, Solar system, Childhood neighborhood, Artist gallery -- Sarah King : Drawing techniques, Tofino, Brain map, New York skyline on wood, Artist gallery -- About the artists.
Embark on a unique artistic journey with The Art of Map Illustration! In this stunning book, visual storytellers, artists, and map enthusiasts alike will discover how to create a variety of bold, colorful, and lively maps using pen and ink, watercolor, mixed media, and digital art tools - step by step! Under the guidance and encouragement of four gifted map artists, aspiring mapmakers will learn how to work with the basic tools of the trade, as well as how to create distinctive maps of global points of interest, urban cities, quaint neighborhoods, and even the solar system. Artists will also learn how to use map art to evoke mood, communicate ideas, and express time and place. With dozens of tips, helpful techniques, and loads of inspiration, The Art of Map Illustration is the ultimate resource for contemporary artists seeking to learn the time-treasured art of cartography. -- back cover.

Startalk : everything you ever need to know about space travel, sci-fi, the human race, the universe, and beyond

March 26, 2018
Tyson, Neil deGrasse, author.
223 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 26 cm
StarTalk is both a podcast and a National Geographic television program, in which host Neil deGrasse Tyson and his celebrity guests tackle provocative subjects in science. This companion volume features interesting photos, smart scientific facts, and witty commentary.

Asteroid hunters

March 6, 2018
Nugent, Carrie, author.
108 pages : color illustrations, color maps ; 19 cm.
A wild frontier -- Things that hit the Earth -- Rules of asteroid hunting -- The first asteroid -- Terrestrial asteroid hunting -- My favorite telescope -- The giggle factor -- The Planetary Defense Coordination Office.
One of the top scientists in the field of asteroid hunting explains how, for the first time, humanity could have the knowledge to prevent a devastating asteroid impact. -- Publisher's description.

The dialogues : conversations about the nature of the universe

February 20, 2018
Johnson, Clifford V. (Clifford Victor), 1968- author.
Cambridge, Massachusetts : The MIT Press, [2017]
xiii, 231 pages : chiefly color illustrations ; 27 cm
"In this graphic book/novel, readers eavesdrop on conversations about contemporary science and learn about how scientists uncover the secrets of the universe. Topics in the book range from black holes, to the multiverse, to string theory, to food science. The book is structured as a set of 9 conversations in 11 chapters. The people in the conversations include non-experts and experts in physics, both adults and children, both male and female. These characters are fictional. The locations are in cities around the world, in cafes, train stations, on the street, buses, museums, libraries. The book is, uniquely for this subject matter, a fully graphic book. A graphic novel, but NOT science fiction. The science is real, and often concerns research topics that have been highlighted in general-interest media outlets"--Provided by publisher.


January 30, 2018
Garfield, Simon, author.
349 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Introduction: Very, very early or very, very late -- The accident of time. Leaving the ground ; The shortness of life and how to live it -- How the French messed up the calendar -- The invention of the timetable. The fastest thing you ever did see ; Was ever tyranny more monstrous? -- The Beet goes on. The way to play the Ninth ; Just how long should a CD be? ; Revolver -- How much talking is too much talking?. In the time of Moses ; Talking it over -- Movie time. How you get to the clock ; Oncoming train -- Horology part one: How to make a watch. A very difficult floor ; Just what is it about the Swiss? -- Roger Bannister goes round and round -- Vietnam. Napalm. Girl. The split second ; 'I am Muybridge and this is a message from my wife' -- The day shift. We will crush, squash, slaughter Yamaha! ; The boss from hell -- Horology part two: How to sell the time. Vasco da Gama special edition ; Welcome to Baselworld ; Uh-oh ; In which we name the guilty man ; The most valuable watch on the planet -- Time tactics that work!. The berry season ; The lean email simple system -- Life is short, art is long. The clock is a clock ; White people are crazy -- Slowing down the world. A place where time stands still ; Living Frenchly ; Faster food -- The British Museum and the story of us. The book of hours ; Doomed and marooned ; Those who feel differently -- Epilogue: Humility watch.
"Not so long ago we timed our lives by the movement of the sun. These days our time arrives atomically and insistently, and our lives are propelled by the notion that we will never have enough of the one thing we crave the most. How have we come to be dominated by something so arbitrary? The compelling stories in this book explore our obsessions with time. An Englishman arrives back from Calcutta but refuses to adjust his watch. Beethoven has his symphonic wishes ignored. A moment of war is frozen forever. The timetable arrives by steam train. A woman designs a ten-hour clock and reinvents the calendar. Roger Bannister becomes stuck in the same four minutes forever. A British watchmaker competes with mighty Switzerland. And a prince attempts to stop time in its tracks. Timekeepers is a vivid exploration of the ways we have perceived, contained and saved time over the last 250 years, narrated in Simon Garfield's typically inventive and entertaining style. As managing time becomes one of the greatest challenges we face in our lives, this multi-layered history helps us understand it in a sparkling new light."--Dust jacket flap.


January 11, 2018
Maran, Stephen P., author.
Hoboken, NJ : Wiley, [2017]
xi, 368 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm.
Includes index.
"Bonus content online"--Cover.
Part 1. Getting started with astronomy -- Seeing the light: the art and science of astronomy -- Join the crowd: skywatching activities and resources -- Terrific tools for observing the skies -- Just passing through: meteors, comets, and artificial satellites -- Part 2. Going once around the solar system -- A matched pair: Earth and its moon -- Earth's near neighbors: Mercury, Venus, and Mars -- Rock on: the asteroid belt and near-Earth objects -- Great balls of gas: Jupiter and Saturn -- Far out!: Uranus, Neptune, Pluto, and beyond -- Part 3. Meeting old sol and other stars -- The Sun: star of Earth -- Taking a trip to the stars -- Galaxies: the Milky Way and beyond -- Digging into black holes and quasars -- Part 4. Pondering the remarkable universe -- Is anybody out there?: SETI and planets of other suns -- Delving into dark matter and antimatter -- The Big Bang and the evolution of the universe -- Part 5. he part of tens -- Ten strange facts about astronomy and space -- Ten common errors about astronomy and space -- Part 6. Appendixes -- Star maps -- Glossary.
From asteroids to black holes, this guide takes you on a grand tour of the universe, and provides an introduction to the night sky.

The planets : photographs from the archives of NASA

January 2, 2018
Nataraj, Nirmala, author.
San Francisco : Chronicle Books, [2017]
255 pages : color illustrations ; 24 cm
Our solar system -- Mercury -- Venus -- Earth -- Mars -- Jupiter -- Saturn -- Uranus -- Neptune -- Other bodies of the solar system.
The Planets features more than 200 stunning photographs of our solar system from the archives of NASA, each paired with a detailed caption. The content is organized by distance from the Sun--beginning with Mercury and moving outward through Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, and the planetary objects beyond.-- Provided by the publisher.

100 things to see in the night sky : from Andromeda to Venus, your guide to stargazing

January 2, 2018
Regas, Dean, author.
New York : Adams Media, [2017]
222 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Includes index.
A handy field guide for the best stargazing experience whether in your own back yard, camping, or traveling--including information showing you which planets, constellations, stars, and manmade objects you can see with a telescope, or just your naked eye! Each object is presented as a separate entry, with background information on the makeup, appearance, and history of the object, along with easy-to-follow instructions on how to find it. -- Provided by publisher.

The telescope in the ice : inventing a new astronomy at the South Pole

December 27, 2017
Bowen, Mark (Mark Stander), author.
viii, 424 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm
Introduction: Making mistakes -- Part I. The birth and youth of the neutrino -- This crazy child -- Infancy and youth -- From poltergeist to particle -- Part II. The dream of neutrino astronomy -- Wisconsin-style physics -- Peaceful exploration by interested scientists throughout the world -- Science at its best -- Part III. Touching the mystery -- Solid-state DUMAND -- Enter Bruce -- The crossover -- A supernova of science -- Doubling down -- Glory days -- Night on the ice -- The first nus -- The Peacock and Eva events -- Y2K at Pole -- Part IV. The real thing -- Sometimes you get what you ask for -- No new starts -- The coming of Yeck -- Failure and success -- As quickly as it all began... -- Crossing the threshold -- Epilogue: The dawn of multi-messenger astronomy.
The IceCube Observatory has been called the "weirdest" of the seven wonders of modern astronomy by Scientific American. In The Telescope in the Ice, Mark Bowen tells the amazing story of the people who built the instrument and the science involved. Located near the U. S. Amundsen-Scott Research Station at the geographic South Pole, IceCube is unlike most telescopes in that it is not designed to detect light. It employs a cubic kilometer of diamond-clear ice, more than a mile beneath the surface, to detect an elementary particle known as the neutrino. In 2010, it detected the first extraterrestrial high-energy neutrinos and thus gave birth to a new field of astronomy. IceCube is also the largest particle physics detector ever built. Its scientific goals span not only astrophysics and cosmology but also pure particle physics. And since the neutrino is one of the strangest and least understood of the known elementary particles, this is fertile ground. Neutrino physics is perhaps the most active field in particle physics today, and IceCube is at the forefront. The Telescope in the Ice is, ultimately, a book about people and the thrill of the chase: the struggle to understand the neutrino and the pioneers and inventors of neutrino astronomy.

Professor Astro Cat's solar system

December 15, 2017
Walliman, Dominic, Dr., author.
London : Flying Eye Books, 2017.
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 25 cm
"Welcome planet explorers! Did you know that Venus is covered in volcanoes? Have you ever wondered why Mars is red? Well, you're in luck! Professor Astro Cat and the gang are about to set off on a journey around our solar system--so buckle up, join the tour, and get your learn on! "--Goodreads.

The planet factory : exoplanets and the search for a second Earth

December 12, 2017
Tasker, Elizabeth, author.
336 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Introduction: The blind planet hunters -- part 1. The factory floor: The factory floor ; The record-breaking building project ; The problem with gas ; Air and sea -- part 2. Dangerous planets: The impossible planet ; We are not normal ; Water, diamonds or lava? : the planet recipe nobody knew ; Worlds around dead stars ; The lands of two suns ; The planetary crime scene ; Going rogue -- part 3. Goldilocks worlds: The Goldilocks criteria ; The search for another earth ; Alien vistas ; Beyond the Goldilocks zone ; The moon factory ; The search life.
"The Planet Factory tells the story of exoplanets, planets orbiting stars outside of our solar system. Discover the specks of dust that circle a young star come together in a violent building project that can form colossal worlds hundreds of times the size of the Earth; the changing orbits of young planets that risk dooming the life forming on neighboring worlds or, alternatively, that can deliver the key ingredients needed to seed its beginnings. Exoplanets are one of the greatest construction schemes in the universe and they occur around nearly every star you see. Each result is an alien landscape, but is it possible that one of these could be like our own home? The Planet Factory discusses the way these planets form, their structure and features, and describes in detail the detection techniques used (there are many) before looking at what we can learn about the surface environments and planetary atmospheres, and whether this hints at the tantalizing possibility of life." --

The little book of black holes

October 23, 2017
Gubser, Steven Scott, 1972- author.
Princeton, New Jersey : Princeton University Press, [2017]
xv, 179 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm.
Includes index.
Special relativity -- General relativity -- The Schwarzschild black hole -- Spinning black holes -- Black holes in the universe -- Black hole collisions -- Black hole thermodynamics.

Astrophotography : the most spectacular astronomical images of the Universe

September 19, 2017
Evans, Rhodri.
London : Andre Deutsch, 2016.
192 pages : color illustrations ; 29 cm.
"Our enduring fascination in our solar system and the wonders of the universe is now being fed by images of breathtaking detail, whether from data sent back 7.5 billion kilometres to bring Pluto into focus, or our first direct encounter with a comet by the Philae lander. The very best images captured by the new generation of terrestrial telescopes, orbiting telescopes and deep-space probes and landers have been collected in this magnificent volume. Detailed captions explain the equipment and techicalities of producing such images, which are not only mesmerising but also provide a huge amount of information about the geology and atmospheres of celestial bodies, and the formation of distant galaxies. From the world's gigantic telescopes in the Canary Islands, Hawaii and Chile to the New Horizons probe now heading into the Kuiper Belt to examine other icy mini-worlds, each page reveals extraordinary images that take us deeper into our universe"-- Publisher description.

Black holes : the weird science of the most mysterious objects in the universe

September 13, 2017
Latta, Sara L.
Minneapolis : Twenty-First Century Books, [2017]
120 pages : color illustrations ; 24 cm
What is a black hole? -- The black hole at the center of the Milky Way -- Kaboom!, when black holes collide -- What's on the horizon? -- Black holes just wanna have fun : they burp, they blow bubbles, and they play in galactic sandboxes.

The astronomy book

September 12, 2017
352 pages : color illustrations ; 25 cm
From myth to science : 600 BCE-1550 CE -- The telescope revolution : 1550-1750 -- Uranus to Neptune : 1750-1850 -- The rise of Astrophysics : 1850-1915 -- Atoms, stars, and galaxies : 1915-1950 -- New windows on the universe : 1950-1975 -- The triumph of technology : 1975-present.
An essential guide to milestone developments in astronomy, telling the story of our ideas about space, time, and the physics of the cosmos--from ancient times to the present day. From planets and stars to black holes and the Big Bang, take a journey through the wonders of the universe. Featuring topics from the Copernican Revolution to the mind-boggling theories of recent science, The Astronomy Book uses flowcharts, graphics, and illustrations to help clarify hard-to-grasp concepts and explain almost 100 big astronomical ideas.

The old farmer's almanac.

August 28, 2017
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).

Being in the shadow : stories of the first-time total eclipse experience

July 17, 2017
Russo, Kate, 1972- author.
Belfast : Being in the Shadow, c2017.
134 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm.
A total solar eclipse is considered to be a once-in-a-lifetime experience. This book describes what it is like, using personal stories from ordinary people. By being in the right place at the right time, these individuals shuddered with fear and anticipation as their world was plunged into an eerie darkness. After reading these personal stories, you will understand why you must get into the path of totality to experience a total eclipse. But be warned -- once may not be enough.

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