Astronomy Specific Aspects
The Glass Universe
How the Ladies of the Harvard Observatory Took the Measure of the Stars
Paperback ISBN: 0143111345
New from #1 New York Times bestselling author Dava Sobel, the "inspiring" (People), little-known true story of women's landmark contributions to astronomy "A joy to read.
Photographs from the Archives of NASA
Hardcover ISBN: 145215936x
A breathtaking visual tour of the planets in our solar system pairs the science behind some of our cosmic neighborhood’s most extraordinary phenomena with photographs culled from NASA’s archives.
The Complete Beginner's Guide to the Night Sky
Hardcover ISBN: 1465414533
A colorful guide to the nighttime sky for amateur astronomers explains what one can expect to see; how to identify constellations; and how to observe the moon, planets and other bodies of the solar system, in a package that features star charts, a night-sky calendar wheel and more.
The Essential Guide to Photographing the Night Sky
Paperback ISBN: 1770855750
Today's amateur and professional astronomers take images of the stars using affordable digital cameras known as CCD (charge coupled devices). This improved technology has made astrophotography possible for everyone; however CCD cameras have features exclusive to astronomy and so there is a learning curve. Astrophotography: The Essential Guide to Photographing the Night Sky features practical guidance from an astrophotographer with years of experience explaining astronomy to hobbyists. Mark Thompson, known as "the people's astronomer" in the UK, guides readers through the entire process, beginning with buying equipment and ending with processing images on a home computer using free software. From the humble mobile phone to high-end specialist cameras, Thompson brings it all to life with his experiences, and many of his own astronomical images. The book includes: - Choosing the right equipment: Digital SLR cameras and lenses, guide camera, webcams, tripods, telescopes (reflecting and refracting, tracker imaging) and mounts (altazimuth, equatorial, fork, drive camera), dew protection and heaters, color filter wheels, solar filters, electronic focuser. - Getting images without a telescope: The "300" rule, ISO speed noise reduction, exposure times, star trails, constellations, Space Station and satellite photography, meteor showers, auroras, noctilucent clouds, combined exposures, "live view", the Sun, eclipses. - Solar System photography: Smartphones, webcams, using free RegiStax software, infrared blocking filters. - Deep-Sky Images: Balancing a telescope, polar alignment, connecting camera to telescope, setting up guide cameras, camera cooling technology, focus, image calibration, fat fields and dark frames, image composition, true color, mosaic images. - Astronomical Image Processing: Calibration, linear and log scaling, adjusting curves, combining images, processing filters, combining LRGB (Luminance, Red, Green and Blue), narrowband processing, one-shot color images, advanced techniques - A Typical Imaging Run: Following the author step by step, equipment storage, start-up procedures. Fully illustrated and clearly presented, Astrophotography: The Essential Guide to Photographing the Night Sky puts great astronomical images within the reach of even the most novice stargazer.
The Close Encounters Man
How One Man Made the World Believe in UFOs
Paperback ISBN: 0062484176
The wildly entertaining and eye-opening biography of J. Allen Hynek, the astronomer who invented the concept of "Close Encounters" with alien life, inspired Steven Spielberg’s blockbuster classic science fiction epic film, and made a nation want to believe in UFOs. In June 1947, private pilot Kenneth Arnold looked out his cockpit window and saw a group of nine silvery crescents weaving between the peaks of the Cascade Mountains at an estimated 1,200 miles an hour. The media, the military, and the scientific community—led by J. Allen Hynek, an astronomer hired by the Air Force—debunked this and many other Unidentified Flying Object sightings reported across the country. But after years of denials, Hynek made a shocking pronouncement: UFOs are real. Thirty years after his death, Hynek’s agonizing transformation from skepticism to true believer remains one of the great misunderstood stories of science. In this definitive biography, Mark O'Connell reveals for the first time how Hynek’s work both as a celebrated astronomer and as the U. S. Air Force’s go-to UFO expert for nearly twenty years stretched the boundaries of modern science, laid the groundwork for acceptance of the possibility of UFOs, and was the basis of the hit film Close Encounters of the Third Kind. With unprecedented access to Hynek’s personal and professional files, O’Connell smashes conventional wisdom to reveal the intriguing man and scientist beneath the legend. Tracing Hynek’s career, O'Connell examines Hynek’s often-ignored work as a professional astronomer to create a complete portrait of a groundbreaking enthusiast who became an American cult icon and transformed the way we see our world and our universe.
Astronomy Photographer of the Year
Prize-winning Images by Top Astrophotographers
Hardcover ISBN: 1770854738
This stunning collection of images from the Astronomy Photographer of the Year competition assembles the very best astrophotography from around the world. Organized by the Royal Observatory, the photographs capture an astounding range of astronomical phenomena both within our solar system and far into deep space. The book features four sections: Earth and Space, Our Solar System, Deep Space, and Overall Winners. The images are from the first six years of the competition (2009-2014), and include all the winners from each year along with a carefully curated selection from the shortlists. They are accompanied by notes from the judges and photographer, with background information and camera specifications. From giant storm systems in Jupiter's atmosphere to the colorful, wispy remnants of a supernova explosion and the dazzling green curtain of the Northern Lights,Astronomy Photographer of the Year will appeal to both astrophotographers and beginners who simply enjoy gazing at the night sky.
Firefly Complete Guide to Stargazing
Paperback ISBN: 1770854746
Firefly Complete Guide to Stargazing is a comprehensive introduction to an increasingly popular leisure pursuit. The book's flexi-paperback format makes it easy to use while telescope viewing, a welcome feature for the growing number of stargazers. The rapid growth in astronomy is due in large part to the opportunity amateurs have to contribute to scientific research. For example, the amateur Skywatchers in the web-based Milky Way Project have classified more than 1.5 million objects in the Milky Way Galaxy. Zooniverse's 11,000 members have contributed to more than 70 scientific papers and the discovery of a class of compact galaxies. Planet Four's 122,000 participants have classified more than 4.5 million images from the surface of Mars. Firefly Complete Guide to Stargazing starts with the basics. It explains how and why the sky changes during the night and through the seasons. It gives practical advice on what equipment to choose and describes what you can expect to see. There are also plenty of tips for observing just with the naked eye. The book includes: - The Moon, the Solar System, the stars and deep sky objects - More than 300 full-color photographs, many taken by amateur astronomers, plus spectacular images returned by spacecraft or taken by large telescopes - A complete series of sky maps that show stars down to magnitude 5.5 - An illustrated A-Z dictionary of astronomy, covering the planets, stars and galaxies, cosmology, amateur astronomy and professional observatories, space exploration, famous astronomers, scientific terms, theories and much more, illustrated with photographs, artworks and diagrams. - Month-by-month guide maps showing the constellations on view from both northern and southern hemispheres, applicable to any year and any place on Earth. - All maps show black stars on a white background so that viewers can pencil in their own observations. Opposite each map is a photorealistic image that shows how that portion of the sky typically appears to the naked eye. Firefly Complete Guide to Stargazing is an invaluable reference source for astronomers of all levels.
The Pluto Files
The Rise and Fall of America's Favorite Planet
Paperback ISBN: 0393337324
Traces the history of Pluto and the recent debate over its planethood, citing its entrenchment in America's cultural and patriotic view of the cosmos to explain its considerable popularity and the reasons behind why so many people campaigned for the preservation of its status. Reprint. A best-selling BOMC selection.