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The VBAS Library is located on the first floor of the Wilhelm Angele Observatory and consists of one of the largest collections of astronomy related publications in the Southeast!

Follow this link to our library catalog: The catalog at LibraryThing is now complete, and even contains the checkout-status of books, now updated approximately weekly (it only lists the status, not the borrower, of course).

The LOWER search box specifically searches the VBAS catalog (do not use the upper search box, unless you want to search other libraries in LibraryThing). Please note the graphic below.

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Here are some images of our astronomical library:

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New Books in the Library May 2018

Chasing New Horizons:  Inside the Epic First Mission to Pluto

Alan Stern & David Grinspoon


Published:  May 1, 2018

Call Number:  523.482 STERc

The New Horizons mission, the first outer-planetary exploration probe since Voyager 2 left Neptune's environment in October of 1989, showed us that Pluto, the recently demoted "dwarf" planet, is perhaps more interesting than we had imagined. This is the story of the people behind this amazing mission, of their decades-long commitment and persistence, of the political fights within and outside of NASA, and of the sheer human ingenuity it took to design, build, and fly the mission.


Radio Astronomy: Observing the Invisible Universe [DVD set]

Felix J. Lockman

Teaching Company

Published:  2017

Call Number: DVD 522.682 LOCKr

In this four-DVD set totaling 12 hours of content, Dr. Felix J. Lockman, of the Green Bank Observatory, begins with a history of astronomy in the non-visible wavelengths and discusses how such observations complement what we can see in the visible spectrum.  Then, after an hour-long tour of the Green Bank Observatory, Dr. Lockman surveys specific topics in Radio Astronomy, including: Interstellar Hydrogen; Pulsars; The Big Bang; Supernovas; Active Galactic Nuclei; Star Formation and ALMA; Radio Telescope Arrays; The Future of Radio Astronomy.  This DVD set is one of the latest editions to The Great Courses series of video courses.  The program is in full 16x9 aspect ratio, with copious audio-visual illustrations and animations, which help the viewer understand many of the abstract concepts involved with radio astronomy.


Searching for the Oldest Stars: Ancient Relics from the Early Universe

Anna Frebel

Princeton University Press

Published:  2015

Call Number:  523.8 FREBs

Dr. Anna Frebel, spectroscopic researcher of the early universe and computational modeler of galactic evolution at M.I.T., uses the metaphor of "stellar archaeology" to describe the process by which practicing astronomers study the life-cycles of stars and galaxies.


Mars: An Introduction to its Interior, Surface and Atmosphere (Cambridge Planetary Science)

Nadine G. Barlow

Cambridge University Press

Published:  2014

Call Number:  523.43 BARLm

In this interdisciplinary survey of our knowledge of Mars through 2014, the geology, chemistry, atmosphere, and geophysics of the Red Planet are presented in 286 pages.  This book concisely, but densely, distills the results of all of the scientific probes and orbiters to what many of us consider our "second favorite planet".


The Scientific Exploration of Venus

Fredric W. Taylor

Cambridge University Press

Published:  2014

Call Number:  523.42 TAYLs

Venus, Earth's bright, yet mysterious "evil twin", with it's blindingly-dense cloud cover, spacecraft-crushing atmospheric pressure, and metal-melting temperatures, remains a challenge to explore to the current day.  Frederic W. Taylor, Halley Professor Emeritus at Oxford University, explains how, chisel-blow by frustrating chisel-blow, scientists have slowly but continuously chipped away at the secrets of Venus.  What mysteries remain? When and how might we solve them?


The Structure of Scientific Revolutions

Thomas S. Kuhn

University of Chicago Press

Published:  2012  (50th anniversary edition)

Call Number:  501 KUHNs

Originally published in 1962, this 50th anniversary edition of the classic book about the history, character and patterns of scientific revolution, challenges the concept that scientific progress is slow and continuous.  Kuhn's hypothesis and examination of the history of science suggests that "slow science" often results in sudden, non-linear paradigm shifts.  This 50th anniversary edition includes an introduction by Ian Hacking, which clarifies terms popularized by Kuhn, such as "paradigm", and applies Kuhn's ideas to the science of today.


New Frontiers: Modern Perspectives on our Solar System [DVD set]

Frank Summers

Teaching Company

Published:  2008

Call Number:  DVD 523.2 SUMMn

In this 12-hour DVD set, Dr. Frank Summers, of the Space Telescope Science Institute, explains our solar system, not in a planet-by-planet manner, but in a concept-by-concept way.  From the laws of planetary motion, to the ways in which each planet was discovered, to the stellar center, to planetary atmospheres, to the moons of each planet.  The macroscopic structure of our solar system is explained, from the inner rocky planets, to the outer gaseous planets, to the Kuiper belt and Oort clouds.  Other topics include the origins of planetary systems, as well as the burgeoning examination of exoplanets.


Denver's Great Telescope: Your Guidebook to the University of Denver's Historical Chamberlin Observatory

Claire M. Stencel & Robert E. Stencel

University of Denver

Published:  2005

Call Number:  522.197 STENd

Historic Chamberlin Observatory, the current meeting space for the Denver Astronomical Society, is home to the massive 20-inch *REFRACTOR* telescope of 1894, manufactured by Alvan Clark & Sons.  This book covers the origins, construction, mechanical design, historic observations, maintenance, and refurbishment of one of the largest refracting telescopes.  Thanks to the Denver Astronomical Society, for donating this item to the VBAS library.


The Giant Planet Jupiter

John H. Rogers

Cambridge University Press

Published:  1995

Call Number:  523.45 ROGEg

Providing a comprehensive and accessible account of Jupiter and its satellites. this book reviews systematic telescopic observations that have stretched over more than a hundred years, in addition to modern observations and theories, and the wealth of data from the Pioneer, Voyager and Ulysses space missions.  Published in 1995, everything up until the arrival of the Galileo spacecraft is covered.

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