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Selected Astronomy Reference Books
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Modern Marvels. Observatories - Stonehenge to Space Telescopes
Modern Marvels traces the history of the technology behind mankind’s stargazing. Distributed by A&E Television Networks. (45 minutes)
Modern Marvels. Satellites
The history of satellites, our eyes in the sky, is detailed by Modern Marvels. Distributed by A&E Television Networks. (45 minutes)
Modern Marvels. Space Shuttle
Soon after NASA was formed in 1958, it began testing precursors to today's space shuttle. After many successes and a few disasters, NASA's management structure, safety, and decision making procedures were drastically overhauled. Distributed by A&E Television Networks. (45 minutes)
Modern Marvels. Space Stations
Modern Marvels looks at the history, challenges, and obstacles for engineers and astronauts attempting to create space stations and live in space. Distributed by A&E Television Networks. (45 minutes)
Recommended Astronomy Books (Print & E-Books)
Reaching for the Moon by
Call Number: 629.409 L371
Publication Date: 2019-06-25
In this short book, aerospace historian Roger D. Launius concisely and engagingly explores the driving force of this era: the race to the Moon. Beginning with the launch of Sputnik 1 in October 1957 and closing with the end of the Apollo program in 1972, Launius examines how early space exploration blurred the lines between military and civilian activities, and how key actions led to space firsts as well as crushing failures.
Exploring Planetary Climate by
Call Number: 551.5 L887
Publication Date: 2019-01-03
This book chronicles the history of climate science and planetary exploration, focusing on our ever-expanding knowledge of Earth's climate, and the parallel research underway on some of our nearest neighbors: Mars, Venus and Titan.
Call Number: 523.1 B456
Publication Date: 2019-02-19
A heart-pumping exploration of the biggest explosions in history, from the Big Bang to mysterious activity on Earth and everything in between.
The Universe as It Really Is by
Call Number: ebook - multiple user license
Publication Date: 2018-06-26
In this book, Thomas R. Scott ventures into the known and the unknown to explain our universe and the laws that govern it. The Universe as It Really Is begins with physics and the building blocks of the universe--time, gravity, light, and elementary particles--and chemistry's ability to explain the interactions among them. Scott, with the assistance of James Lawrence Powell, next tours the earth and atmospheric sciences to explain the forces that shape our planet and then takes off for the stars to describe our place in the cosmos.
Astrophysics for People in a Hurry by
Call Number: 523.1 T988a
Publication Date: 2017-05-02
Astrophysics for People in a Hurry will reveal just what you need to be fluent and ready for the next cosmic headlines: from the Big Bang to black holes, from quarks to quantum mechanics, and from the search for planets to the search for life in the universe.