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  • Optics in Astrophysicsby Renaud Foy; Françoise-Claude Foy

    Springer 2006; US$ 149.00

    Gives reviews of detectors and of spectrographs, as well as forefront R&D in the field of optical coatings and of guided optics. This book addresses possible ways to handle photons, based on quantum physics. It also gives two reviews about wavefront processing and about image restoration and deconvolution algorithms for ill conditioned cases. more...

  • The Moon and How to Observe Itby Peter Grego

    Springer 2006; US$ 39.95

    Intended for amateur astronomers. This book deals with the Moon itself - its formation, geology, and history - as well as the practical aspects of observation. It presents a description of the Moon's origin, history and geology; and considers how best to observe and record it with telescopes. more...

  • Solar System Updateby Philippe Blondel; John Mason

    Springer-Verlag Berlin and Heidelberg GmbH & Co. KG 2006; US$ 269.00

    Consists of reviews of a number of carefully selected topics in solar system science. Contributions, in form of reviews, are mainly aimed at professional astronomers and planetary scientists wishing to inform themselves about progress in fields closely related to their own field of expertise. more...

  • Ice, Rock, and Beautyby David Brodie

    Springer 2008; US$ 39.95

    Imaging techniques from Earth continue to improve, while missions such as Voyager, Galileo and the Hubble Space Telescope have yielded many excellent images. This book collects some 72 main images, showing objects heretofore little seen, to tell a story of the Solar System. more...

  • Robotic Exploration of the Solar Systemby Paolo Ulivi; David M. Harland

    Springer 2007; US$ 39.95

    Presents the history of unmanned missions exploring our Solar System. This book provides technical descriptions of the spacecraft, of their mission designs and of instrumentations. It discusses scientific results, together with details of mission management. more...

  • Astrophysics in the Next Decadeby H.A. Thronson; Massimo Stiavelli; A.G.G.M. Tielens

    Springer 2009; US$ 329.00

    Covers the Proceedings of the Astrophysics in the Next Decade : JWST and Concurrent Facilities conference. more...

  • Guide to the Universeby Andrew Rivkin

    ABC-CLIO 2009; US$ 91.00

    This volume in the Greenwood Guides to the Universe series covers asteroids, comets, and dwarf planets—those small bodies that revolve the Sun—and provides readers with the most up-to-date understanding of the current state of scientific knowledge about them. Scientifically sound, but written with the student in mind, Asteroids, Comets, and... more...

  • A Question and Answer Guide to Astronomyby Pierre-Yves Bely; Carol Christian; Jean-René Roy

    Cambridge University Press 2010; US$ 24.00

    A practical answer guide to humankind's age-old questions on planets, our universe and everything beyond and between. more...

  • The Impact of HST on European Astronomyby F. Duccio Macchetto

    Springer 2010; US$ 359.00

    The Hubble Space Telescope has facilitated major contributions to a wide range of topics in astronomy: The study of nearby planets The processes of star and planet formation The stellar and interstellar components of galaxies The discovery that most, if not all, galactic nuclei harbor a massive black hole that profoundly affects their evolution The... more...

  • First Contactby Marc Kaufman

    Simon & Schuster 2011; US$ 16.00

    Are we alone in the universe? Almost certainly not. In First Contact, Marc Kaufman provides a gripping tour of the magnificent new science of astrobiology that is closing in on the discovery of extraterrestrial life. In recent decades, scientists generally held that the genesis of life was unique to Earth: It was too delicate a process, and the... more...