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Recent Books at the Library
Eating the Sun: small musings on a vast universe by
An illustrated exploration of the principles, laws, and wonders that rule our universe, our solar system, our world, and our daily lives from the bestselling creator of Lost in Translation
Space Exploration: A History in 100 Objects by
From Galileo's telescope to the International Space Station - a stunningly photo-filled tour through the milestones of space exploration, examining iconic objects from Sputnik to Skylab and their effect on what we know and how we think about space
Letters from an Astrophysicist by
Inviting readers to go behind the scenes of his public fame by unveiling his candid correspondence with people across the globe, this hand-picked collection of 100 letters draws upon cosmic perspectives to address a vast array of questions about science, faith, philosophy, life, and of course, Pluto.
Fire in the Sky: Cosmic Collisions, Killer Asteroids, and the Race to Defend Earth by
One of these days, warns Gordon Dillow, the Earth will be hit by a comet or asteroid of potentially catastrophic size. The only question is when. In the meantime, we need to get much better at finding objects hurtling our way, and if they're large enough to penetrate the atmosphere without burning up, figure out what to do about them.
We owe many of science's most important discoveries to the famed Meteor Crater, a mile-wide dimple on the Colorado Plateau created by an asteroid hit 50,000 years ago. In his masterfully researched Fire in the Sky, Dillow unpacks what the Crater has to tell us. Prior to the early 1900s, the world believed that all craters--on the Earth and Moon--were formed by volcanic activity. Not so. The revelation that Meteor Crater and others like it were formed by impacts with space objects has led to a now accepted theory about what killed off the dinosaurs, and it has opened up a new field of asteroid observation, which has recently brimmed with urgency. Dillow looks at great asteroid hits of the past and spends time with modern-day asteroid hunters and defense planning experts, including America's first Planetary Defense Officer.
Satellite sensors confirm that a Hiroshima-scale blast occurs in the atmosphere every year, and a smaller, one-kiloton blast every month. While Dillow makes clear that the objects above can be deadly, he consistently inspires awe with his descriptions of their size, makeup, and origins. At once a riveting work of popular science and a warning to not take for granted the space objects hurtling overhead, Fire in the Sky is, above all, a testament to our universe's celestial wonders.
National Aeronautics and Space Administration main website, the first stop for anyone interested in exploring space online. Follow the International Space Station, learn about other missions or check what's showing on NASA TV.
NASA Science Website (new)
NASA's new (Beta) science website with Science Questions for exploring topics such as the universe, solar system, sun, and earth.
Sky and Telescope
The electronic version of the magazine. The library has a print subscription as well. Check out issues to read offline.
Probably the most useful astronomy site after NASA. Current news, articles, video and images include tech, spaceflight, skywatching, search for life and entertainment.
Astronomy Magazine online
Website for the popular Astronomy Magazine. Visit the shopping page for cool things like a Crab Nebula jigsaw puzzle. Or check the sky this week, current news, videos, and blogs.
European Space Agency
The European Space Agency (ESA) is Europe's gateway to space. Its mission is to shape the development of Europe's space capability and ensure that investment in space continues to deliver benefits to the citizens of Europe and the world.
A popular North American non-commercial website devoted to space and astronomy news
A great site for information on orbits of the International Space station and other earth orbiting objects, as well as Voyager, Pioneer and other probes on their way into space.
Everything you need to know about solar events, how to predict them, and a gallery of images.
The Globe Program
The Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment (GLOBE) Program is an international science and education program that provides students and the public worldwide with the opportunity to participate in data collection and the scientific process, and contribute meaningfully to our understanding of the Earth system and global environment.
GLOBE provides grade level-appropriate, interdisciplinary activities and investigations about the atmosphere, biosphere, hydrosphere, and soil/pedosphere, which have been developed by the scientific community and validated by teachers. GLOBE connects students, teachers, scientists, and citizens from different parts of the world to conduct real, hands-on science about their local environment and to put this in a global perspective.
Space Math at NASA
"SpaceMath@NASA introduces students to the use of mathematics in today's scientific discoveries. Through press releases and other articles, we explore how many kinds of mathematics skills come together in exploring the universe."
Bringing the Universe to America's Classrooms
Explore digital media resources for teaching topics in K–12 earth and space science. These free resources emphasize student engagement with the core ideas and practices of the Next Generation Science Standards and are supported by rich contextual materials.
NASA Science Toolkits
Toolkits are compilations of free downloadable resources with various science themes.