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Sharon E. Hunt, Librarian
Hours: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.

NOAO Library
950 N. Cherry Ave.
Tucson, AZ 85719
P.O. Box 26732
Tucson, AZ 85726
Hours: Open 24 hours/day

About the NOAO Library

The NOAO-Tucson Library is a research library that supports the work of NOAO and NSO staff members by facilitating access to information found in both electronic and paper materials.

The library maintains a collection of books, journals, and observatory publications in astronomy, mathematics, physics, science, and technology to support the research activities of NOAO, NSO, and KPNO.

Staff of Steward Observatory and LPL may also use the NOAO Library, although they should consult their institution's library first. The NOAO library is not open to the public.

The NOAO Library supports the mission of NOAO by
  • maintaining and circulating a physical collection of books and journals, including reference materials and documents relating to the history of NOAO
  • handling journal subscriptions (print and electronic)
  • providing access to electronic information through its webpages, with links to information sources and news items on astronomy
  • locating and obtaining journal articles and books
  • providing reference assistance to aid in research endeavors
  • offering public computers, printer, and study areas
  • compiling lists of publications by NOAO staff and observers using CTIO/KPNO facilities

Page created 9/12/13; last update 4/7/14

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Week of April 11

"2 Tucson-based projects are closer to probing the universe," -- LSST and OSIRIS-REx

"Supernova cleans up its surroundings," -- Chandra X-ray Center, Astronomers have identified a supernova remnant that has swept up a remarkable amount of material and has a different shape in radio data compared to that in X-rays.

"Faraway moon or faint star? Possible exomoon found," - JPL

"ISON Comet Photography Contest winners provide images from around the world," - NSF

Astronomers using ESO’s Very Large Telescope in Chile have captured an eye-catching image of planetary nebula PN A66 33 (Abell 33)

April 14-15, Total Eclipse of the Moon
How to see the "blood" moon
Total Lunar Eclipse of April 15 - NASA
In Tucson, on April 15: Total Eclipse begins at 12:08 a.m.; maximum eclipse is 12:46 a.m., and total eclipse ends 1:23 a.m.

New Books:
Annual review of astronomy and astrophysics: Special collection, four articles by John Kormeny, 1989-2013, QB1 .A28845 2014
NIST handbook of mathematical functions, QA531 .N57

Sharon will be on vacation Wednesday and Thursday (April 16 and 17).

Week of April 7

"NASA Hubble Team Finds Monster "El Gordo" Galaxy Cluster Bigger Than Thought"

"Fermi Data Tantalize with New Clues To Dark Matter"

The LADEE spacecraft is gradually lowering its orbital altitude over the moon and will continue to make important science observations before its planned impact into the lunar surface later this month.

NOAO/Gemini: Sakurai's Object: Stellar Evolution in Real Time

Former astronaut Mark Kelly will be the keynote speaker for the 2014 Lowell Speaker Series in Flagstaff on June 7, 2014

Judge Greg Nakamura of the Third Circuit Court of Hawaii has ruled in favor of the Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT), moving the $1.3 billion project another step closer to starting construction in summer 2014.

Obituary of Eugene "Gene" A. Harlan of Lick Observatory

I've moved NOAO history materials from the back corner of the library to the bookcases near the bulletin board on the first floor of the library. These materials include KPNO/CTIO/NOAO Contributions, Reports, and Newsletters.

Week of March 31

Articles on the dwarf planet, "Biden," found with DECam, the Dark Energy Camera, on the 4-meter Blanco Telescope

New Book: ASP Conference Series, 478: "Fifty Years of Seismology of the Sun and Stars"

"Scientists from around the world exchange ideas on space exploration at Oro Valley conference"

"Chile puts plan for science ministry on hold"

"New strategic plan guides NSF through 2018"

"Nature Publishing Group Requires Faculty Authors to Waive ‘Moral Rights’"

The NOAO Library online subscription to Science magazine -- Besides full text of articles, the online version includes supplementary materials and podcast interviews.
March 21, online and in library
"First Wrinkles in Spacetime confirm cosmic inflation", p. 1296
"Super-Eddington Mechanical Power of an Accreting Black Hole in M83," p. 1330
March 28, online and in library
"A Different Class of Planets," by A. Brandeker, p. 1440
"Molecular Gas Clumps from the destruction of Icy Bodies in the Beta Pictoris Debris Disk," by Dent et al., p. 1490.
"Search for Martian Life Clears Another Hurdlei," p. 1419.

New Scientist special report: "Ripples of the multiverse: Waves from the big bang hint at something huge," p. 8

Week of March 24

"NASA's Spitzer Telescope Brings 360-Degree View of Galaxy to Our Fingertips" - NASA presented their new zoomable, 360-degree mosaic of the galaxy on Thursday, constructed from more than 2 million infrared snapshots taken over the past 10 years by the Spitzer Space Telescope.

The 365 Days of Astronomy podcast for March 15, "Phasing into a Dark Night," features the NOAO team.

The 45th Annual Lunar and Planetary Science conference was held March 17-21. The program has links to the abstracts of the presentations.

The Library of Congress has launched an online web presentation showcasing selected items from the Carl Sagan and Ann Druyan Archive. Online visitors can view more than 300 items, including books, manuscripts, and Sagan's journals, notes, and letters.

Dr. Brenda Wilkes has been chosen to lead the Chandra X-ray Center.

"Donated Spy Satellite Telescope Could Boost NASA Dark Energy Mission: Report" - proposed redesign for NASA's Wide-Field Infrared Survey Telescope (WFIRST)

"UC will take part in Hawaii telescope project with Caltech" - UC regents approve the university's participation in the construction and operation of the $1.4-billion Thirty Meter Telescope in Hawaii

New book in library: Precision Asteroseismology, Proceedings of the IAU, Symposium 301

"Near-Earth space shows its stripes," "The remnant of a merger between two dwarf galaxies in Andromeda II," -- articles in Vol. 507, March 20, 2014 Nature

Week of March 17

The Big Bang:
"Big Bang breakthrough announced; gravitational waves detected"
"A new look at the Big Bang, moments later Harvard-led team detects gravitational waves, evidence of cosmic inflation"
"Space Ripples Reveal Big Bang's Smoking Gun -"

"The First Starlight: Not Long after the Big Bang's Flash, All Light Left the Cosmos. Astronomers Are Now Solving the Mystery of Its Return," Scientific American (on library's journal display rack), April 2014, pp. 39-45.

New Book: The Astronomical Almanac, 2015 is in the Reference section. The online version The Astronomical Almanac Online! extends the printed version by providing data best presented in machine-readable form.

Our online subscription to Science magazine includes supplementary materials and podcast interviews for some articles in addition to full text.

Astronomy articles in recent issues:
"Small Telescopes, Big Rewards," a letter by Bruce Weaver of The Monterey Institute for Research in Astronomy (MIRA), discusses the small telescopes at Lick Observatory and Kitt Peak National Observatory.
"Reading Clues in the Sky" by Eric L. Altschuler is a review of the new book Celestial Sleuth: Using Astronomy to Solve Mysteries in Art, History and Literature by Donald W. Olson.
"Global Anisotropies in TeV Cosmic Rays Related to the Sun's Local Galactic Environment from IBEX": Local interstellar conditions play a role in ordering very-high-energy cosmic rays in the Sun's immediate environment.
"Rival Detectors Prepare to Take Snapshots of Distant Worlds": In the coming months on two mountaintops in Chile, two new state-of-the-art instruments-the North American Gemini Planet Imager and the European SPHERE-will start scanning the skies for planets around other stars.

New interactive map of the moon's north polar region - LROC Northern Polar Mosic (MNPM) from the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) Camera.

The "Solar System" stamp is on the list of US postage subjects "in design development" for 2014.

Herschel Reference Survey: "Astronomers complete cosmic dust census": An international team of astronomers has completed a benchmark study of more than 300 galaxies, producing the largest census of dust in the local Universe, the Herschel Reference Survey.

Our History: Photos: Building the road to Kitt Peak (azstarnet)

Week of March 10
March 15, 1960: Dedicaton of Kitt Peak National Observatory. Happy Birthday!

In honor of Women's History Month, I've created a library display and website resource guide on Women in Astronomy. Also, the April 27/28 episode of Cosmos will feature female astronomers of the early 20th century.

Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey, a 13-episode documentary series that is a follow-up to Carl Sagan's 1980 Cosmos, will premiere on Fox on March 9 and National Geographic on March 10. The series is written by Ann Druyan and hosted by Neil deGrasse Tyson, director of the American Museum of National History's Hayden Planetarium.

"Old stars glean neighbors' gas: Snatching matter helps blue stragglers stay youthful," Science News, 85(5):8, March 8, 2014. Stealing keeps some stars looking young. The thieves, called blue stragglers, swipe material from a neighbor, leaving behi nd a dead stellar companion as a calling card, data from the Hubble Space Telescpe show. "Filament of cosmic web set aglow: Peek at massive, outstretched gas cloud could reveal hidden structure of the universe," Science News, 85(5):8, March 8, 2014.

The Optical Society will launch a new open access journal, focused on high-impact results, in July. Optica will focus on the rapid dissemination of high-impact results in all areas of optics and photonics.

New Books in NOAO Library:
ASP Conference series, v. 478, "Fifty Years of Seismology of the Sun and Stars," NSO Workshp #27, Tucson, May 2013, and v. 480, "Structure and Dynamics of Disk Galaxies," Winthrop Rockefeller Institute, August 2013, have been published. The NOAO Library does not have the hard copies yet, but they are accessible through the NOAO Library Electronic Subscription.
Maria Mitchell and the Sexing of Science by Renee Bergland
The End of Night: Searching for Natural Darkness in an Age of Artificial Light by Paul Bogard
CRC Standard Mathematical Tables and Formulae, 32nd ed. (Reference)
Another new book is the Encyclopedia of the History of Astronomy and Astrophysics by David Leaverington, and yes, NOAO telescopes and staff are included!

Astronomy/Astrophysics articles in current Science issue (available through our trial online subscription and our print subscription): "New Neutrino May Have Heated Baby Universe," pp. 826-27; "Rival Detectors Prepare to Take Snapshots of Distant Worlds" (GPI and SPHERE in Chile), p. 833.