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March 2014

365 Days of Astronomy podcasts: Feb. 8th, The KOSMOS Spectrum (R. Sparks and J. Elias; Jan. 11th: ANTARES: Finding rare astronomical events (R. Sparks and A. Saha)

I've arranged a trial subscription to Science magazine online for the use of NOAO staff. This trial subscription allows us full-text access to the content in the print Scienc e, 1997 through the current issue, as well as to additional online content not f ound in the print version. Go to the Science website to browse and search the current Science issue as well as archival issues from 1997 to date. Our trial subscription will expire 4/14/14, after which we will decide whether to obtain a yearly subscription. Ple ase contact me with questions about using the online version and with feedback o n the usefulness of this service to your research efforts. February 2014

Keller et al., "A single low-energy, iron-poor supernova as the source of metals in the star SMSS J 031300.36-670839.3," published online Nature, Feb . 9 (abstract, figures, and references). Tim Beers's NPR interview on this topic, "Scientists Discover Universe's Oldest Star."

"Lowell Observatory Astronomer Awarded 5 Year Grant": Kevin Kirby of Lowell Observatory ha s received a five-year, $630,000 grant from the National Science Foundation's Career Program to continue his research on young star clusters, while engaging citizen scientists.

"Cosmic Mismatch Hints at the Existence of a 'Sterile' Neutrino," Scientific American online, Feb. 20, 2014.

Dobbs, "Simulating Star Formation on a Galactic Scale," American Scientist, March-April 2014, p. 132 (on library journal display rack).

"Urban astronomy goes supernova," New Scientist, Feb. 15, p. 12. Describes the University of London Observatory and their hunt for exoplanets, including the 2014J supernova (on library journal display rack)

The Royal Society of London will launch, sometime in fall 2014, a new open access peer-reviewed journal that w ill cover the entire spectrum of science and mathematics.

From The Guardian: This month's roundup of the best space-related imagery includes the wake-up signal from a hibernating spacecraft, the spectacular Southern Pinwheel Galaxy, and a nebula powered by a dead, spinning star. Plus: the Tarantula Nebula, a new home for the space shuttle's successor, and a glimpse of the universe as it was 13bn years ago

January 2014

"Cosmic bombshells: explosive black holes that lit the early universe could explain where its mass is hiding today" by Marcus Chown is in the library's print copy of New Scientist magazine, Feb. 8, 2014, p. 41.

AstroTRENDS is a visual graph of trends in astronomy literature, based on keywords, with links to ADS results. It was developed by a postdoc fellow at UT-Austin and is intended for en tertainment value, but it does illustrate interesting trends in the astronomical literature. You can search by keywords and date range.

The library has physical copies of the NOAO Fiscal Year Annual Report for FY 2013 (QB4 .N141) and the Quarterly Scientific Report (1) FY 2014.

I've arranged a trial subscription to Science magazine online for the use of NOAO staff. This trial subscription allows us full-text access to the content in the print Science, 1997 through the current is sue, as well as to additional online content not found in the print version. Go to the Science website to browse and search the current Science issue as well as archival issues from 1997 to date. Our trial subsc ription will expire 4/14/14, after which we will decide whether to obtain a yearly subscription. Please contact me with questions about using the online version and with feedback on the usefulness of this service to your research efforts.

"Charting a Formal Methodology for Cultural Astronomy Research," a conference on archaeoastronomy in the American Southwest, will be held by the Society for Cultural Astronomy in the Am erican Southwest (SCAAS) June 6-8, 2014, at ASU.

Earth and Space Science is AGU's newest open access journal. It seeks to represent the expansive range of science of AGU's members, including space sciences. I 've added a link to this journal to the Open Access Journals section of the NOAO Library website.

The Star Clusters Young & Old Newsletter publishes abstracts on star clusters from any area in astronomy. I've added a link to this journal to the Open Access Journals section of the NOAO Library website. Issue 59 was published 2.6.14; the hard copy of this issue is in the journal display rack.

"A global cloud map of the nearest known brown dwarf" - full text of this Nature magazine article is availabl e in the library's print copy, Jan. 30, 2014, p. 654.

The first Open Access articles sponsored by the SCOAP3 international initiative are now available. Almost 400 articles have already appeared.

"Rosetta wakes up and phones home" - The ESA's Rosetta spacecraft, part of a mission to track down a coment, suc cessfully woke up after almost three years in hibernation.

The UA Lunar and Planetary Laboratory (LPL) Library has moved its records to an online catalog, using same vendor and format as we do. To access the catalog, from the LPL Library webpage, click on "Catalog."

"NASA Spacecraft Take Aim At Nearby Supernova" - An exceptionally close stellar explosion dis covered on Jan. 21 has become the focus of observatories around and above the globe, including several NASA spacecraft. The blast, designated SN 2014J, occurred in the galaxy M82 and lies only about 12 million light-years away. This makes it the nearest optical supernov a in two decades and potentially the closest type Ia supernova to occur during the life of currently operating space missions."

Project Euclid has launched a redesigned online platform. Project Euclid is a joint partnership of Cornell University Library and Duke University Press that host s high-quality mathematics and statistics content. The new website has enchanced searching options, citation exports, customized e-mail alerts, and access indicators for all content.

The Proceedings of the SPIE, vols. 8442-8449, Astronomical Telescopes and Instrumentation 2012: Telescopes and Systems, on CD-ROM from the July 1-6, 2012 meeting in Amsterdam is now in the Library Office.< br />

The Gemini Observatory 2013 Year in Review is now available online. Print versions are available in the display rack in the library for you to read; please take a copy if you wish.

Rob Seaman is one of the volume editors of the recently published Requirements for UTC and Civil Timekeeping on Earth: Proceedings of a Colloquium Addressing a Continuous Time Standard, held May 29-31, 2013 at the Jefferson Scholars Foundation (JSF), Charlottesville, Virginia, American Astronautical Society Science and Technology Series, v. 115. (QB213 .R4 2013; New Arrivals display)

An article on the SCOAP3 initiative (Sponsoring Consortium for Open Access Publishing in Particle Physics) can be found in Nature, Jan. 9, 2014, v. 505, p. 141.

Carl Sagan's Cosmos is listed in the Library of Congress's online exhibition, "Books that Shaped America." The library re cently opened the Carl Sagan and Ann Druyan Archive to researchers.

Astronomy and Computing is a journal available in the ScienceDirect database. For individuals who have a NetID to access the UA Library databases and electronic journals, here is a guide to accessing this database. Astronomy and Computing focuses on the broad area between astronomy, computer science, and inf ormation technology, including the collection, analysis and dissemination of data and the development of astronomical software and simulations.

IOP Publishing and the American Astronomical Society have launched the Astronomy Image Explorer (AIE). Individuals can search this database by author, journal, citation, format, and keywords for images, illustrations, graphs, charts, and videos that have been published in peer-reviewed journals. Search terms and authors are taken from the parent journal article of the images. The service is free; copyright information is imbedded in the images. More information is available at the AIE website, on the library bulletin board, and from Sharon.

I've created a guide to Accessing Databases through the UA Library Online Portal.

The Kepler Space Telescope has found the first rocky, Earth-sized exoplanet, Kepler-78b.

Astronomer Halton Arp passed away on Dec. 28, 2013. He was known for his 1966 Atlas of Peculiar Galaxies, th eories on redshifts, and for advocating a non-standard cosmology.

The Availability of Research Data Declines Rapidly with Article Age: An article in the Dec. 19, 2013, issue of Current Biology reports on a study to investigate the availability of research data following the publication of an article. The authors concluded that research data cannot be reliably preserved by individual researchers and state that policies mandating the placement of data in archives at publication are needed.

The star-surveying satellite Gaia has been launched: ESA; Washington Post; Christian Science Monitor; Sky & Telescope.

Comet Belt Discovered around Fomalhaut: Comalhaut C-the least massive star in the Fomalhaut system-has been found to host a comet belt, according to an article in the MNRAS.

Watch the 2014 Quadrantid Meteor Shower Live on Ustream, Jan. 3.

NASA - How to See the Best Meteor Showers of the Year: Tools, Tips and 'Save the Dates'.

Daryl Willmarth has written a review of Introduction to Astronomical Spectroscopy, by I. Appenzeller (Cambridge University Press, 2013) in the Dec. 2013 issue of The Observatory magazine (pp. 357-358).

Open-access publishing initiative in high-energy physics: Geneva 5 December 2013. After intense preparations and consensus building, CERN has today confirmed that the SCOAP3 Open Access publishing initiative will start on 1 January 2014. With the support of partners in 24 countries, a vast fraction of scientific articles in the field of High-Energy Physics will become Open Access at no cost for any author: everyone will be able to read them; authors will retain copyright; a nd generous licenses will enable wide re-use of this information.

An article on the SCOAP3 initiative (Sponsoring Consortium for Open Access Publishing in Particle Physics) can be found in Nature, Jan. 9, 2014, v. 505, p. 141. The FY 2014 NOAO Annual Program Plan is now in the library. One copy is on the shelves (QB4 .N142) and one copy is displayed in the Annual Reports area of the library.

"World's largest telescope stalled by Canadian funding woes" - threat to the building of the TMT

Communicating Science: A National Conference on Science Education and Public Outreach proceedings (held in Tucson in 2012) has been received in the library; it is on the New Arrivals display. The book is also available at the ASP Conference Series website. (10.9)

The Perils of Open Access Journals: The recent Science magazine issue has an article "Who's Afraid of Peer Review?"--a spoof paper concocted by Science that the author contends reveals little or no scrutiny at many open-access journals.

Here's a Special Libraries Association guide to open access journals.

Also, Beall's List of potential, possible, or probable predatory scholarly open-access publishers.

Library Catalog: The Library has moved its catalog to a cloud-based online catalog. Please see Sharon if you have any questions.

Astronomical Photography: Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2013 Winners, Royal Observatory

"Anything you can imagine happening in our universe already has" - azstarnet.com article on ANTARES

Index to News Posts

AGU: Earth and Space Science - AGU open access journal
ANTARES: Anything you can imagine happening in our universe already has" - azstarnet.com article on ANTARES
Archaeoastronomy: "Charting a Formal Methodology for Cultural Astronomy Research, a conference on archaeoastronomy in the American Southwest
Arp: Halton Arp obituary
Astronomy and Computing journal
Astronomy Image Explorer (AIE)
AstroTrends: Visual graph of trends in astronomy literature, based on keywords, with links to ADS results.

Tim Beers's NPR interview, "Scientists Discover Universe's Oldest Star," on Keller et al., "A single low-energy, iron-poor supernova as the source of metals in the star SMSS J 031300.36-670839.3," published online Nature, Feb. 9 (abstract, figures, and references).
Books: News books in NOAO Library

Comalhaut C
"Cosmic bombshells: explosive black holes that lit the early universe could explain where its mass is hiding today"
Conference:
"Charting a Formal Methodology for Cultural Astronomy Research," a conference on archaeoastronomy in the American Southwest, will be held by the Society for Cultural Astronomy in the Am erican Southwest (SCAAS) June 6-8, 2014, at ASU.
Cosmos by Carl Sagan
Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey

Data: Research Data Availability Declines Rapidly with Article Age
Databases: Accessing Databases through the UA Library Online Portal guide
Dwarf: A global cloud map of the nearest known brown dwarf," Nature magazine article

Earth and Space Science - AGU open access journal
Euclid redesigned online platform for math and statistics content

Gaia satellite
Gemini Observatory 2013 Year in Review

Kepler Space Telescope discovery of exoplanet
Kevin Kirby, Lowell Observatory, NSF grant

Lowell Observatory, Kevin Kirby, NSF grant
LPL online catalog

Meetings. See Conferences
Meteor Shower Viewing in 2014

"NASA Spacecraft Take Aim At Nearby Supernova"
NOAO Annual Program Plan, FY 2014
NOAO Annual Report FY 2013
NOAO Quarterly Scientific Report (1) FY 2014

Open Access Journals
Open Access Journal in Science: The Royal Society of London

Photography: Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2013, Royal Observatory
Photography: From The Guardian: Space-related imagery - Rosetta, Southern Pinwheel Galaxy, Tarantula Nebula
Podcasts: 365 Days of Astronomy -- Feb. 8th: The KOSMOS spectrum (R. Sparks and J. Elias); Jan. 11th: ANTARES: Finding rare astronomical events (R. Sparks and A. Saha)

Quadrantid Meteor Shower

Resolved And unresolved Stellar PopUlaTIoNs (RASPUTIN) meeting
Reading habits of scholars
"Rosetta wakes up and phones home"

Science magazine trial subscription
SCOAP3 Open Access publishing inititative in high-energy physics
SCOAP3 Nature article
SCOAP3 launch
"Fed Up with Sexual Harassment," by Dara Norman, Status: A Report on Women in Astronomy, Jan. 2014, pp. 20-21.
SPIE Proceedings, vols. 8442-8449
Star Clusters Young & Old Newsletter (SCYON)
Stars:
Keller et al., "A Single low- energy, iron-poor supernova as the source of metal s in the star SMSS J 031300.36-670839.3,"; Tim Bee rs's NPR interview on this topic

"Urban astronomy goes supernova" (University of London Observatory, their hunt for exoplanets, 2014 J supernova)
UTC: Requirements for UTC and Civil Timekeeping on Earth

Daryl Willmarth review
Women in Astronomy

Index to Astronomy Articles in General Science Journals in NOAO Library

(Recent issues of journals are in journal display rack; earlier issues are in stacks) American Scientist, Nature, New Scientist, Science, Science News, Scientific American

American Scientist LJ85 .S502 (downstairs)
Dobbs, "Simulating Star Formation on a Galactic Scale," March-April 2014, p. 132

Nature - Q1 .N35 (downstairs; recent issues kept in Library Office)
"Cosmic lens reveals spinning black hole," March 13, p. 174
"Reflection from the strong gravity regime in a lensed quasar at redshift z= 0.658," March 13, p. 207
"Broaden the search for dark matter," 507(7490), March 6, p. 29. Particle physicists and astronomers need to cooperate more in their quest. "SOFIA irons out technical kinks: US-German airborne telescope slow to reach full capability," 506(Feb. 27):42
"Einstein's lost theory uncovered: Physicist explored the idea of a steady-state Universe in 1931," 506(Feb. 27): 418
"Death of a Comet," (Comet ISON), p. 281, online article; "Missing galaxy mass found: Graviatational lensing solves puzzle from the Big Bang's echo," p. 274, Vol. 506(7488), Feb. 20, 2014
"A Cosmic Web Filament Revealed in Lyman-a Emission Around a Luminous High-Redshift Quasar" (letter), p. 63 Vol. 506(7486), Feb. 6, 2014
"A global cloud map of the nearest known brown dwarf," Jan. 30, 2014, p. 654; "US struggles to offload telescopes," (includes discussion of NOAO), p. 594, Vol. 506(7485)

New Scientist - Q1 .N52 (downstairs)
"Ideal Homes: There's More than One Way to Make a Planet Fit for Living," March 15, 2014, pp. 39-44"
"Hints of dark matter made of neutrinos," March 1-7, p. 12 (work of Estra Bulbul and Alexey Boyarskyteams
"Cosmic bombshells: explosive black holes that lit the early universe could explain where its mass is hiding today," Feb. 8, 2014, p. 41.
"Urban astronomy goes supernova," Feb. 15, p. 12. Describes the University of London Observatory and their hunt for exoplanets, including the 2014J supernova

Science - Q1 .S33 (downstairs)
"Celestial Sleuth," March 14, p. 1202
"Europe to Launch Hunt for Earth-Like Planets," 343(6174): 954 "(news item about its search for exoplanets) "Exploring Martian Habitability," Jan. 24, 2014, p. 386.
Keller et al.,"A single low-energy, iron-poor supernova as the source of metals in the star SMSS J 031300.36-670839.3"

Science News - Q1 .S332 (downstairs)
"Old stars glean neighbors' gas: Snatching matter helps blue stragglers stay youthful," 85(5): 8.
"Filament of cosmic web set aglow: Peek at massive, outstretched gas cl oud could reveal hidden structure of the universe," Science News, 85(5):8 , March 8, 2014.

Scientific American - Q1 .S334 (downstairs)
"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," April 2014, pp. 39-45.
<"Dwarf Galaxies and the Dark Web," March 2014, pp. 47-51.
"Cosmic Mismatch Hints at the Existence of a "Sterile" Neutrino, online, Feb. 20, 2014.

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