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Astrophysics & Space Science

  • 4th Rock from the Sunby Nicky Jenner

    Bloomsbury Publishing 2017; US$ 14.99

    Mars, the red planet, is ingrained in our culture, from David Bowie's extra-terrestrial spiders to Captain Scarlet to War of the Worlds. It has inspired hundreds of authors, scientists and science-fiction writers - but why? What is it about this particular planet that makes it so intriguing? Ancient mythologies defined Mars as a violent harbinger... more...

  • Chandra's Cosmosby Wallace H. Tucker

    Smithsonian 2017; US$ 29.95

    On July 23, 1999, the Chandra X-Ray Observatory, the most powerful X-ray telescope ever built, was launched aboard the space shuttle Columbia . Since then, Chandra has given us a view of the universe that is largely hidden from telescopes sensitive only to visible light. In Chandra's Cosmos , the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory's Chandra... more...

  • Astronomy for Older Eyesby James L. Chen; Adam Chen

    Springer International Publishing 2017; US$ 37.96

    This book is for the aging amateur astronomy population, including newcomers to astronomy in their retirement and hobbyists who loved peering through a telescope as a child. Whether a novice or an experienced observer, the practice of astronomy differs over the years. This guide will extend the enjoyment of astronomy well into the Golden Years by... more...

  • Electrostatic Phenomena on Planetary Surfacesby Carlos I Calle

    Morgan & Claypool Publishers 2017; US$ 27.99

    The diverse planetary environments in the solar system react in somewhat different ways to the encompassing influence of the Sun. These different interactions define the electrostatic phenomena that take place on and near planetary surfaces. The desire to understand the electrostatic environments of planetary surfaces goes beyond scientific inquiry.... more...

  • Visually Observing Cometsby David A. J. Seargent

    Springer International Publishing 2017; US$ 32.53

    In these days of computers and CCD cameras, visual comet observers can still contribute scientifically useful data with the help of this handy reference for use in the field. Comets are one of the principal areas for productive pro-amateur collaboration in astronomy, but finding comets requires a different approach than the observing of... more...

  • Exoplanetsby Michael E. Summers; James Trefil

    Smithsonian 2017; US$ 29.95

    The past few years have seen an incredible explosion in our knowledge of the universe. Since its 2009 launch, the Kepler satellite has discovered more than two thousand exoplanets, or planets outside our solar system. More exoplanets are being discovered all the time, and even more remarkable than the sheer number of exoplanets is their variety.... more...

  • Asteroid Huntersby Carrie Nugent

    Simon & Schuster/ TED 2017; US$ 16.99 US$ 12.50

    For the first time, scientists could have the knowledge to prevent a natural disaster epic in scale?an asteroid hitting the earth and in this exciting, adventuresome book, Carrie Nugent explains how. What are asteroids, and where do they come from? And, most urgently: Are they going to hit the Earth? What would happen if one was on its way? Carrie... more...

  • The Star of Bethlehemby Mark Kidger

    Princeton University Press 2017; US$ 55.95 US$ 50.91

    Two thousand years ago, according to the Bible, a star rose low in the east and stopped high above Bethlehem. Was it a miracle, a sign from God to herald the birth of Christ? Was there a star at all, or was it simply added to the Bible to fulfill the Old Testament prophecy concerning the birth of the Messiah? Or was the Star of Bethlehem an actual... more...

  • Solar Energetic Particlesby Donald V. Reames

    Springer International Publishing 2017; US$ 32.53

    This concise primer introduces the non-specialist reader to the physics of solar energetic particles (SEP) and systematically reviews the evidence for the two main mechanisms which lead to the so-called impulsive and gradual SEP events. More specifically, the timing of the onsets, the longitude distributions, the high-energy spectral shapes, the... more...

  • Where the Universe Came Fromby New Scientist

    Hodder & Stoughton 2017; US$ 15.99

    How did it all begin? Where is it all going? A little over a century ago, a young Albert Einstein presented his general theory of relativity to the world and utterly transformed our understanding of the universe. His theory changed the way we think about space and time, revealed how our universe has been expanding from a hot dense state called... more...