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1 Nick Kanas Solar system maps I02381 eBook  
2 Jonathan Pearson Generalized perturbations in modified gravity and dark energy I02376 eBook  
3 Douglas A. Vakoch (ed.) Extraterrestrial altruism I02366 eBook  
4 Michael Hoskin William and Caroline Herschel I02360 eBook  
5 Tim Howard Space weather and coronal mass ejections I02343 eBook  
6 Paul G. Abel Visual lunar and planetary astronomy I02335 eBook  
7 Grant Privett constellation observing atlas I02318 eBook  
8 George Rhee Cosmic dawn I02312 eBook  
9 Martin Mobberley It came from outer space wearing an RAF blazer! I02301 2013 eBook  
10 Mike Inglis Observer's guide to star clusters I02297 2013 eBook  
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TitleSolar system maps : from antiquity to the space age
Author(s)Nick Kanas
Description1 online resource (xxix, 331 pages) : illustrations (some color)
Abstract NoteIn recent years, there has been increased interest in our Solar System. This has been prompted by the launching of giant orbiting telescopes and space probes, the discovery of new planetary moons and heavenly bodies that orbit the Sun, and the demotion of Pluto as a planet. In one generation, our place in the heavens has been challenged, but this is not unusual. Throughout history, there have been a number of such world views. Initially, Earth was seen as the center of the universe and surrounded by orbiting planets and stars. Then the Sun became the center of the cosmos. Finally, there was no center, just a vast array of galaxies with individual stars, some with their own retinue of planets. This allowed our Solar System to be differentiated from deep-sky objects, but it didn't lose its mystery as more and more remarkable bodies were discovered within its boundaries
NotesIncludes bibliographical references and index
Keyword(s)1. Astronomy, Observations and Techniques 2. EBOOK 3. EBOOK - SPRINGER 4. Geographical Information Systems/Cartography 5. PHYSICS 6. PLANETOLOGY 7. Popular Science in Astronomy 8. SCIENCE / Astronomy
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TitleGeneralized perturbations in modified gravity and dark energy
Author(s)Jonathan Pearson
Description1 online resource (xix, 200 pages) : illustrations (some color)
Abstract NoteWhen predictions of Einstein's theory of General Relativity are compared against observations of our Universe, a huge inconsistency is found. The most popular fix for this inconsistency is to "invent" around 94% of the content of the universe: dark matter and dark energy. The dark energy is some exotic substance responsible for the apparent observed acceleration of the Universe. Another fix is to modify the theory of gravity: it is entirely plausible that Einstein's theory of General Relativity breaks down on cosmological scales, just as Newton's theory of gravity breaks down in the extreme gravitational field of the Sun. There are many alternative theories of gravity, each with the aim of describing observations of our Universe where General Relativity fails. Whether it is dark energy or some modified theory of gravity, it is clear that there is some "dark sector" in the Universe. In this thesis the author constructs a unifying framework for understanding the observational impact of general classes of dark sector theories, by formulating equations of state for the dark sector perturbations
Contents NoteGravitational theories and cosmology -- The effective action formalism for cosmological perturbations -- Metric only and first order scalar field theory -- High derivative theories -- Explicit theories -- Connections to massive gravity -- Generalized fluid description -- Observational signatures of generalized cosmological perturbations -- Discussion and final remarks
NotesIncludes bibliographical references
Keyword(s)1. Classical and Quantum Gravitation, Relativity Theory 2. COSMOLOGY 3. Dark energy (Astronomy) 4. EBOOK 5. EBOOK - SPRINGER 6. GENERAL RELATIVITY (PHYSICS) 7. GRAVITATION 8. Mathematical Applications in the Physical Sciences 9. PERTURBATION (ASTRONOMY) 10. PHYSICS 11. SCIENCE / Astronomy
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TitleExtraterrestrial altruism : evolution and ethics in the Cosmos
Author(s)Douglas A. Vakoch (ed.)
Description1 online resource (xv, 329 pages) : illustrations
Abstract NoteExtraterrestrial Altruism examines a basic assumption of the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI): that extraterrestrials will be transmitting messages to us for our benefit. This question of whether extraterrestrials will be altruistic has become increasingly important in recent years as SETI scientists have begun contemplating transmissions from Earth to make contact. Should we expect altruism to evolve throughout the cosmos, or is this only wishful thinking? Would this make biological sense? Is it dangerous to send messages to other worlds, as Stephen Hawking has suggested? Would extraterrestrial societies be based on different ethical principles? Extraterrestrial Altruism explores these and related questions about the motivations of civilizations beyond Earth, providing new insights that are critical for SETI. Chapters are authored by leading scholars from diverse disciplines anthropology, astronomy, biology, chemistry, computer science, cosmology, engineering, history of science, law, philosophy, psychology, public policy, and sociology
Contents NoteCosmic Evolution, Reciprocity, and Interstellar Tit for Tat -- Extraterrestrial Intelligence: Friends, Foes, or Just Curious? -- Eliciting Altruism While Avoiding Xenophobia: A Thought Experiment -- Predator Prey Models and Contact Considerations -- Harmful ETI Hypothesis Denied: Visiting ETIs Likely Altruists -- Altruism Toward Non-Humans: Lessons for Interstellar Communication -- Caring Capacity and Cosmocultural Evolution: Potential Mechanisms for Advanced Altruism -- The Precautionary Principle: Egoism, Altruism, and the Active SETI Debate -- The Accidental Altruist: Inferring Altruism from an Extraterrestrial Signal -- Interstellar Intersubjectivity: The Significance of Shared Cognition for Communication, Empathy, and Altruism in Space -- Other Minds, Empathy, and Interstellar Communication -- Interspecies Altruism: Learning from Species on Earth -- Terrestrial and Extraterrestrial Altruism -- Kenotic Ethics and SETI: A Present-day View -- Altruism, Metalaw, and Celegistics: An Extraterrestrial Perspective on Universal Law-Making -- A Logic-Based Approach to Characterizing Altruism in Interstellar Messages -- Equity and Democracy: Seeking the Common Good as a Common Ground for Interstellar Communication -- Patterns of Extraterrestrial Culture -- Evolutionary Perspectives on Interstellar Communication: Images of Altruism
NotesIncludes index
Keyword(s)1. Altruism 2. ASTROBIOLOGY 3. Communication Studies 4. COSMOLOGY 5. EBOOK 6. EBOOK - SPRINGER 7. ETHICS 8. PHYSICS 9. PLANETOLOGY 10. SCIENCE / Astronomy
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TitleWilliam and Caroline Herschel : pioneers in late 18th-Century Astronomy
Author(s)Michael Hoskin
Description1 online resource (viii, 112 pages) : illustrations
Abstract NoteThis beautifully structured book presents the essentials of William and Caroline Herschel's pioneering achievements in late 18th-century astronomy. Michael Hoskin shows that William Herschel was the first observational cosmologist and one of the first observers to attack the sidereal universe beyond the solar system: Herschel built instruments far better than any being used at the royal observatory. Aided by his sister Caroline, he commenced a great systematic survey that led to his discovery of Uranus in 1781. Unlike observers before him, whose telescopes did not reveal them as astronomical objects, Herschel did not ignore misty patches of light. Hoskins points out Herschel's achievement in surveying, cataloguing, and describing them as nebulae and even coming to the correct conclusion that their structure evolved over time, with Newton's gravity being the agent of change. Herschel s surveys established a new astronomy looking at the universe rather than the planets! Michael Hoskins account includes sketches and diagrams from Herschel's manuscripts in the Royal Astronomical Society Archives in which he attempts to delineate the structure of the Milky Way galaxy. While it is well-known that Herschel was a revolutionary in telescope design who constructed the world s largest telescopes, Hoskin also gives the full picture of the man as an entrepreneur who built and traded some 400 telescopes. Hoskin also pays close attention to the role of William's sister Caroline Herschel, who is usually portrayed as a helpmate to her brother. But in fact she became a significant astronomer in her own right
Contents Note1. Vocations in Conflict -- 2. The Construction of the Heavens -- 3. "One of the Greatest Mechanics of His Day" -- 4. The Peerless Assistant -- 5. William's Declining Years -- 6. John's Sacred Duty
NotesIncludes bibliographical references and index
Keyword(s)1. Astronomers 2. ASTRONOMY 3. Astronomy, Observations and Techniques 4. COSMOLOGY 5. EBOOK 6. EBOOK - SPRINGER 7. HISTORY OF SCIENCE 8. Popular Science in Astronomy 9. SCIENCE / Astronomy
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TitleSpace weather and coronal mass ejections
Author(s)Tim Howard
Description1 online resource (xiii, 107 pages) : illustrations (some color)
Abstract NoteSpace weather has attracted a lot of attention in recent times. Severe space weather can disrupt spacecraft, and on Earth can be the cause of power outages and power station failure. It also presents a radiation hazard for airline passengers and astronauts. These "magnetic storms" are most commonly caused by coronal mass ejections, or CMES, which are large eruptions of plasma and magnetic field from the Sun that can reach speeds of several thousand km/s. In this SpringerBrief, Space Weather and Coronal Mass Ejections, author Timothy Howard briefly introduces the coronal mass ejection, its scientific importance, and its relevance to space weather at Earth and other planets. This title focuses on the latest advances in CME observation and modeling, including new results from the NASA STEREO and SDO missions. It also includes topical issues regarding space weather and the most recent observations and anecdotal examples of the impacts of space weather and CMEs
Contents NoteHistory -- Observation and Modeling -- Relevance to Space Weather -- Recent Developments
NotesIncludes bibliographical references and index
Keyword(s)1. Aerospace Technology and Astronautics 2. EBOOK 3. EBOOK - SPRINGER 4. Extraterrestrial Physics, Space Sciences 5. PHYSICS 6. PLANETOLOGY 7. SCIENCE / Astronomy 8. SPACE ENVIRONMENT
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TitleVisual lunar and planetary astronomy
Author(s)Paul G. Abel
Description1 online resource (xviii, 219 pages) : illustrations (some col.)
Abstract NoteWith the advent of CCDs and webcams, the focus of amateur astronomy has to some extent shifted from science to art. The object of many amateur astronomers is now to produce "stunning images" that, although beautiful, are not intended to have scientific merit. Paul Abel has been addressing this issue by promoting visual astronomy wherever possible - at talks to astronomical societies, in articles for popular science magazines, and on BBC TV's The Sky at Night. Visual Lunar and Planetary Astronomy is a comprehensive modern treatment of visual lunar and planetary astronomy, showing that even in the age of space telescopes and interplanetary probes it is still possible to contribute scientifically with no more than a moderately priced commercially made astronomical telescope. It is believed that imaging and photography is somehow more objective and more accurate than the eye, and this has led to a peculiar "crisis of faith" in the human visual system and its amazing processing power. But by analyzing observations from the past, we can see how accurate visual astronomy really is! Measuring the rotational period of Mars and making accurate lunar charts for American astronauts were all done by eye. The book includes sections on how the human visual system works, how to view an object through an eyepiece, and how to record observations and keep a scientific notebook. The book also looks at how to make an astronomical, rather than an artistic, drawing. Finally, everything here will also be of interest to those imagers who wish to make their images more scientifically applicable by combining the methods and practices of visual astronomy with imaging
NotesIncludes bibliographical references and index
Keyword(s)1. ASTRONOMY 2. Astronomy, Observations and Techniques 3. EBOOK 4. EBOOK - SPRINGER 5. PHYSICS 6. Popular Science in Astronomy 7. SCIENCE / Astronomy
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Titleconstellation observing atlas
Author(s)Grant Privett;Kevin Jones;illustrated by Kevin Jones
Description1 online resource (xv, 221 pages) : illustrations (some color)
Abstract NoteDesigned for anyone who wishes to learn the constellations or observe the best and brightest deep sky objects and double stars, this book contains an alphabetical list of constellations complete with star maps, historical background, and highlights of deep sky objects. Each entry contains position and physical information on enough stars to support astronomers in star-hopping, swinging the telescope from star to star to star to arrive at a faint target. It provides a carefully selected list of accessible and rewarding deep sky objects. Full-color maps show the constellations, with star types (spectral and physical) indicated by the colors used on the map. Extended objects such as galaxies and nebulae are shown with the approximate apparent size in the sky. With unmatched thoroughness and accessibility, this is a constellation atlas that makes the ideal companion to a night's telescope viewing, for novices and expert amateur astronomers alike. Easy to navigate and refer to, it is the key that unlocks the door to greater night sky exploration
NotesIncludes index
Keyword(s)1. Astronomy, Observations and Techniques 2. CONSTELLATIONS 3. EBOOK 4. EBOOK - SPRINGER 5. PHYSICS 6. Popular Science in Astronomy 7. SCIENCE / Astronomy
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TitleCosmic dawn : the search for the first stars and galaxies
Author(s)George Rhee
Description1 online resource (xi, 279 pages)
Abstract NoteThe visible universe consists of stars and galaxies. One of the challenges of astronomy is to understand how galaxies and stars first came into existence over thirteen billion years ago. This book tells the story of our quest to solve this problem. Four hundred years after Galileo used his telescope to discover the moons of Jupiter, we are using new telescopes and instruments to search forthe first galaxies to form after the Big Bang.This book brings the reader to the current frontier of this subject and lays out some of the exciting developments we can expect in the years to come
NotesIncludes bibliographical references and index
Keyword(s)1. COSMOLOGY 2. EBOOK 3. EBOOK - SPRINGER 4. SCIENCE / Astronomy
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TitleIt came from outer space wearing an RAF blazer! : a fan's biography of Sir Patrick Moore
Author(s)Martin Mobberley
PublicationNew York, Springer, 2013.
Description1 online resource
Abstract NoteTo British television viewers, the name Patrick Moore has been synonymous with Astronomy and Space Travel since he first appeared on The Sky at Night in 1957. To amateur astronomers he has been a source of inspiration, joy, humour and even an eccentric role model since that time. Most people know that his 55 years of presenting The Sky at Night is a world record, but what was he really like in person? What did he do away from the TV cameras, in his observatory, and within the British Astronomical Association, the organisation that inspired him as a youngster? Also, precisely what did he do during the War Years, a subject that has always been shrouded in mystery? Martin Mobberley, a friend of Patrick Moores for 30 years, and a former President of the British Astronomical Association, has spent ten years exhaustively researching Patricks real life away from the TV cameras. His childhood, RAF service, tireless voluntary work for astronomy and charity and his endless book writing are all examined in detail. His astronomical observations are also examined in unprecedented detail, along with the battles he fought along the way and his hatred of bureaucracy and political correctness. No fan of Sir Patrick Moore can possibly live without this work on their bookshelf!
NotesIncludes index
Keyword(s)1. Astronomers 2. BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Science & Technology 3. EBOOK 4. EBOOK - SPRINGER 5. SCIENCE / Astronomy
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TitleObserver's guide to star clusters
Author(s)Mike Inglis
PublicationNew York, Springer, 2013.
Description1 online resource
Contents NoteIntroduction to Star Clusters -- How to observe and image star clusters -- How to use the star maps -- Constellations A-Z
NotesIncludes index
Keyword(s)1. EBOOK 2. EBOOK - SPRINGER 3. SCIENCE / Astronomy 4. STARS
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