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1 Donald W. Olson Celestial sleuth I02398 eBook  
2 Colin Burgess Freedom 7 I02384 eBook  
3 Giancarlo Genta hunter I02383 eBook  
4 Nick Kanas Solar system maps I02381 eBook  
5 Steven Arnold Getting started in radio astronomy I02379 eBook  
6 Dirk Schulze-Makuch Alien encounter I02374 eBook  
7 Michael Hoskin William and Caroline Herschel I02360 eBook  
8 Nick Kanas new Martians I02347 eBook  
9 Paul G. Abel Visual lunar and planetary astronomy I02335 eBook  
10 William Paolini Choosing and using astronomical eyepieces I02328 2013 eBook  
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TitleCelestial sleuth : using astronomy to solve mysteries in art, history and literature
Author(s)Donald W. Olson
Description1 online resource (xvii, 355 pages) : illustrations (some color)
Abstract NoteMany mysteries in art, history, and literature can be solved using "forensic" astronomy, including calculating phases of the Moon, determining the positions of the planets and stars, and identifying celestial objects. In addition to helping to crack difficult cases, such studies spark our imagination and provide a better understanding of the skies. Weather facts, volcanic studies, topography, tides, historical letters and diaries, military records and the friendly assistance of experts in related fields help with the work. Topics or cases pursued were chosen for their wide public recognition and intrigue and involve artists such as Vincent van Gogh and Claude Monet; historical events such as the Battle of Marathon, Julius Caesar's invasion of Britain, and World War II; and literary authors such as Chaucer, Shakespeare, and Mary Shelley. For each historical event influenced by astronomy, there is a different kind of mystery to be solved. For example, how can the Moon help to explain the sinking of the Titanic and a turning point of the American Civil War? For each literary reference to astronomy, which celestial objects were being described and was the author describing an actual event? Follow these exciting investigations with Donald Olson, a master "celestial sleuth", as he tracks down the truth and helps unravel mysteries as far back as ancient history and as recent as the haunting paintings of Edvard Munch
Contents NoteAstronomy in Art -- Astronomy in History -- Astronomy in Literature
NotesIncludes index
Keyword(s)1. ARTS 2. ASTRONOMY 3. Astronomy in art 4. Astronomy in literature 5. Astronomy, Observations and Techniques 6. EBOOK 7. EBOOK - SPRINGER 8. PHYSICS 9. Popular Science in Astronomy
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TitleFreedom 7 : the historic flight of Alan B. Shepard, Jr
Author(s)Colin Burgess
Description1 online resource (xxvii, 266 pages) : illustrations
Abstract NoteInevitably, there are times in a nation's history when its hopes, fears and confidence in its own destiny appear to hinge on the fate of a single person. One of these pivotal moments occurred on the early morning of May 5, 1961, when a 37-year-old test pilot squeezed himself into the confines of the tiny Mercury spacecraft that he had named Freedom 7. On that historic day, U.S. Navy Commander Alan Shepard carried with him the hopes, prayers, and anxieties of a nation as his Redstone rocket blasted free of the launch pad at Cape Canaveral, hurling him upwards on a 15-minute suborbital flight that also propelled the United States into the bold new frontier of human space exploration
NotesIncludes index
Keyword(s)1. Aerospace Technology and Astronautics 2. EBOOK 3. EBOOK - SPRINGER 4. ENGINEERING 5. Extraterrestrial Physics, Space Sciences 6. HISTORY OF SCIENCE 7. Popular Science in Astronomy 8. TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Engineering (General)
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Titlehunter : a scientific novel
Author(s)Giancarlo Genta
Description1 online resource (vii, 130 pages) : illustrations
Abstract NoteThe 24th century: humankind has become a spacefaring civilization, colonizing the solar system and beyond. While no alien forms of life have yet been encountered in this expansion into space, colonists suddenly encounter machines of alien origin - huge robots able to reproduce themselves. Called Replicators by the colonists, they seem to have but a single goal: to destroy all organic life they come in contact with. Since the colonial governments have no means to fight this menace directly, they instead promise huge rewards to whoever destroys a replicator. As a result, the frontier attracts a new kind of adventurers, the Hunters, who work to find and destroy the replicators. Mike Edwards, a skilled young maintenance technician and robotics expert at a faraway outpost, will not only become one of them - but be the very first one to unlock the secret behind the Replicators origin and mission
Keyword(s)1. Aerospace Technology and Astronautics 2. Artificial Intelligence (incl. Robotics) 3. ASTROBIOLOGY 4. EBOOK 5. EBOOK - SPRINGER 6. Extraterrestrial Physics, Space Sciences 7. FICTION / General 8. Human-alien encounters 9. LIFE ON OTHER PLANETS 10. PHYSICS 11. Popular Science in Astronomy 12. Robots
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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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TitleGetting started in radio astronomy : beginner projects for the amateur
Author(s)Steven Arnold
Description1 online resource (xi, 208 pages) : illustrations (some color)
Abstract NoteRadio astronomy is a mystery to the majority of amateur astronomers, yet it is the best subject?to turn to when?desirous of an expanded knowledge of the sky. This guide intends to instruct complete newcomers to radio astronomy, and provides help for the first steps on the road towards the study of this fascinating subject. In addition to a history of the science behind the pursuit,?directions are included for four easy-to-build projects, based around long-term NASA and Stanford Solar Center projects. The first three projects constitute self-contained units available as kits, so there is no need to hunt around for parts. The fourth more advanced project encourages readers to do their own research and track down items. Getting Started in Radio Astronomy provides an overall introduction to listening in on the radio spectrum. With details of equipment that really works, a list of suppliers, lists of online help forums, and written by someone who has actually built and operated the tools described, this book contains everything the newcomer to radio astronomy needs to get going
NotesIncludes bibliographical references and index
Keyword(s)1. Astronomy, Observations and Techniques 2. EBOOK 3. EBOOK - SPRINGER 4. Microwaves, RF and Optical Engineering 5. NATURE / Sky Observation 6. PHYSICS 7. Popular Science in Astronomy 8. RADIO ASTRONOMY
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TitleAlien encounter : a scientific novel
Author(s)Dirk Schulze-Makuch
Edition2nd edition
Description1 online resource (xi, 236 pages) : illustration
Abstract NoteIt has been nearly 100 years since the Apollo moon landings, when Jack and Vladimir, two astronauts on a mission to Venus, discover a mysterious void related to indigenous life on the planet. Subsequently more voids are detected on Earth, Mars, Titan, and, quite ominously, inside a planetoid emerging from the Kuiper belt. Jack is sent to investigate the voids in the Solar System and intercept the planetoid - which, as becomes increasingly clear, is inhabited by alien life forms. Jack and his crew will have little time to understand their alien biochemistry, abilities, behavior patterns, resilience, and technology, but also how these life forms relate to the voids. Humankind's first encounter with these exotic life forms couldn't be more fateful, becoming a race against time to save life on Earth and to reveal the true nature of the voids, which seem to be intrinsically related to life and the universe itself. In this novel, the author combines many topics related to state-of-the-art research in the field of astrobiology with fictional elements to produce a thrilling page turner. This new version significantly develops the astrobiological denouement of the plot and features an extensive non-technical appendix where the underlying science is presented and discussed
NotesIncludes bibliographical references
Keyword(s)1. ASTROBIOLOGY 2. EBOOK 3. EBOOK - SPRINGER 4. Extraterrestrial Physics, Space Sciences 5. FICTION / General 6. Human-alien encounters 7. LIFE ON OTHER PLANETS 8. PHYSICS 9. PLANETOLOGY 10. Popular Science in 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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Titlenew Martians : a scientific novel
Author(s)Nick Kanas
Description1 online resource (viii, 123 pages) : color illustrations
Abstract NoteThe year is 2035, and the crew from the first expedition to Mars is returning to Earth. The crewmembers are anxious to get home, and ennui pervades the ship. The mood is broken by a series of mysterious events that jeopardize their safety. Someone or something is threatening the crew. Is it an alien being? A psychotic crewmember? A malfunctioning computer? The truth raises questions about the crewmembers' fate and that of the human race. In this novel, the intent is to show real psychological issues that could affect a crew returning from a long-duration mission to Mars. The storyline presents a mystery that keeps the reader guessing, yet the issues at stake are based on the findings from the author's research and other space-related work over the past 40+ years. The novel touches on actual plans being discussed for such an expedition as well as notions involving the search for Martian life and panspermia. The underlying science, in particular the psychological, psychiatric, and interpersonal elements, are introduced and discussed by the author in an extensive appendix
Contents NotePart I: The Novel -- The New Martians -- Part II: The Science Behind the Fiction -- Psychological Issues During an Expedition to Mars -- References
Keyword(s)1. EBOOK 2. EBOOK - SPRINGER 3. Extraterrestrial Physics, Space Sciences 4. FICTION / General 5. PHYSICS 6. Popular Science in Astronomy 7. Popular Science in Psychology 8. Psychiatry 9. Psychology Research 10. Space flight
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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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TitleChoosing and using astronomical eyepieces
Author(s)William Paolini
PublicationNew York, Springer, 2013.
Description1 online resource (xviii, 442 pages) : illustrations (some color)
Abstract NoteA valuable reference that fills a number of niches including that of a buyer's guide, technical desk reference and observer's field guide. It documents the past market and its evolution, right up to the present day. In addition to appealing to practical astronomers - and potentially saving them money - it is useful both as a historical reference and as a detailed review of the current market place for this bustling astronomical consumer product. What distinguishes this book from other publications on astronomy is the involvement of observers from all aspects of the astronomical community, and also the major manufacturers of equipment. It not only catalogs the technical aspects of the many modern eyepieces but also documents amateur observer reactions and impressions over the years, using many different eyepieces. Eyepieces are the most talked-about accessories and collectible items available to the amateur astronomer. No other item of equipment commands such vigorous debate, or has evolved into such a remarkable array of forms and functions
Keyword(s)1. Astronomy, Observations and Techniques 2. EBOOK 3. EBOOK - SPRINGER 4. Microwaves, RF and Optical Engineering 5. NATURE / Sky Observation 6. Popular Science in Astronomy 7. TELESCOPES
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