Bibliography for Individual Exhibit Panels (For Adult Readers)

“Visions of the Universe: Four Centuries of Discovery” Site Support Notebook

Of general interest with subject matter appearing on multiple exhibit panels

Beatty, J. Kelly, Petersen, Carolyn Collins, and Chaikin, Andrew. The New Solar System: Fourth Edition. Cambridge, MA: Sky Publishing, 1999.
Excellent collection of chapters by experts on nearly all aspects of the solar system.

Bennett, Jeffrey, Donahue, Megan, Schneider, Nicholas, and Voit, Mark. The Cosmic Perspective: Fifth Edition. New York: Addison-Wesley, 2008.
A solid college undergraduate astronomy text.

Benson, Michael. Beyond: Visions of Interplanetary Probes. New York: Abrams, 2008.
An exquisite picture book of satellite and space probe images.

Devorkin, D. & Smith, R. Hubble: Imaging Space and Time. Washington, DC: National Geographic, 2008

Galilei, Galileo. Siderius Nuncius. Trans. Albert Van Helden. Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 1989.
Galileo’s very readable initial discoveries with the telescope.

Malin, D. A View of the Universe. Bishopston: Pomegranate Books, 1997.

Sagan, C. Cosmos. New York: Ballantine Books, 1985.

Packard, E. Imagining the Universe: A Visual Journey. New York: Perigree Trade, 1994.

Sobel, Dava. The Planets. New York: Penguin, 2006.
A poetic, but scientifically accurate, look at the solar system.

Voit, M. Hubble Space Telescope: New Views of the Universe. New York: Henry N. Abrams, 2000.

Panel 2—Exploring the Moon

Comins, Neil F. What If the Moon Didn’t Exist?: Voyages to Earths That Might Have Been. New York: HarperCollins Publishers, 1993.
Some intriguing thoughts on the moon’s influence on Earth and other scenarios. May be out of print.

Light, Michael. Full Moon. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1999.
An exquisite collection of Apollo moon photographs.

Mackenzie, Dana. The Big Splat, or How Our Moon Came to Be. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley and Sons, 2003.
A history of Moon observations and ideas leading to the current giant impact formation hypothesis.

Panel 3—Storms on the Sun

Golub, Leon, and Pasachoff, Jay M. Nearest Star: The Surprising Science of Our Sun. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2002.
A look at all aspects of our Sun as both a star and as part of the solar system.

Hill, Steele, and Carlowicz, Michael. The Sun. New York, Abrams, 2006.
A book of incredible pictures from the SOHO mission, supplemented with several short essays.

Panel 4—Journey to Mars

Bell, Jim. Postcards from Mars. London: Dutton, 2006.
A collection of amazing images from the Mars rovers, with discussion by a lead scientist on the mission.

Panel 5—The Magnificent Rings of Saturn

Lovett, Laura, Horvath, Joan, and Cuzzi, Jeff. Saturn: A New View. New York: Harry N. Abrams, 2006.
Features amazing images of Saturn from the Cassini mission.

Panel 6—The Nature of Comets

Burham, Robert. Great Comets. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2000.
A complete look at the observations of bright comets and their effect upon human culture.

Lewis, John S. Rain of Iron and Ice. New York: Addison-Wesley Publishing, 1996.
A well reasoned look at the scientific threat of asteroid and comet impacts.

Panel 7—Secrets of Star Light

Hirshfeld, A. Parallax: The Race to Measure the Cosmos. New York: W. H. Freeman, 2001.

Jaschek, C. The Classification of Stars. Cambrige: Cambridge University Press, 1987.

Kaler, J. The Cambridge Encyclopedia of Stars. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2006.

Percy, J. Understanding Variable Stars. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2007.

Robinson, K. Spectroscopy: The Key to the Stars: Reading the Lines in Stellar Spectra. New York: Springer, 2007.

Panel 8—Star Birth in Orion

Bally, John, and Reipurth, Bo. The Birth of Stars and Planets. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2006.
A non-technical discussion of all aspects of star and planet formation.

O’Dell, C. Robert. The Orion Nebula: Where Stars are Born. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2003.
An expert describes all aspects of his favorite object of research.

Panel 9—Stellar Explosions

Kaler, J. Extreme Stars. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2001.

Lozinskaya, T. A. Supernovae and Stellar Wind in the Interstellar Medium. New York: American Institute of Physics, 1992.

Murdin, P. & Murdin, L. Supernovae. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1985.

Panel 10—Galaxies Revealed

Hodge, P. W. Galaxies. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1986.

Kanipe, J. Chasing Hubble’s Shadows: The Search for Galaxies at the Edge of Time. New York: Hill and Wang, 2006.

Peebles, P. J. E. Large-scale Structure of the Universe. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 1980.

Sparke, L. S., & J. S. Gallagher. Galaxies in the Universe. Cambridge: Cambridge
University Press, 2000.

Panel 11—Discovering the Universe

Crowe, Michael J. Theories of the World from Antiquity to the Copernican Revolution. Mineola, NY: Dover Publications, 2001.
Excellent examination and discussion of pre-telescopic astronomy from the Greeks to Galileo.

Ferguson, Kitty. Tycho & Kepler. New York: Walker Publishing, 2002.
An account of the two astronomers lives and their combined scientific legacy.

Panel 12—Future Visions

Andersen, G. The Telescope: Its History, Technology, and Future. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2007.

Casoli, F. The New Worlds: Extrasolar Planets. New York: Springer, 2007.

Nicolson, I. Dark Side of the Universe: Dark Matter, Dark Energy, and the Fate of the Cosmos. Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2007.

Kidger, M. Cosmological Enigmas: Pulsars, Quasars, and Other Deep-Space Questions. Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2007.

Pasachoff, J. The Cosmos: Astronomy in the New Millennium. Boston: Brooks Cole, 2006.