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Library News

New Constellations for the Southern Sky!

Published on 11/04/2014 

We have just uploaded a scan to the University of Cambridge online repository.  The scan is of the 'new' constellations invented by French astronomer Nicolas Louis de La Caille (1713-1762).  After intensive observations at the Cape of Good Hope in South Africa, La Caille was able to draw up a detailed map of the Southern sky.  Because this area of the celestial sphere had not been accessible to ancient Greek astronomers, the 'classical' constellations, used by astronomers since antiquity did not go that far south.  Although, Dutch navigators had formed so

New books for April on display

Published on 27/03/2014 

The following new books can be viewed in the Hoyle Building Library Area.  They will be on display for the month of April.  Books can be reserved by making a note on the clipboard beneath the display.

New Books Display: February 2014

Published on 07/02/2014 

Please find the following books on display in the Hoyle Building library area for the month of February.  If you wish to reserve any of the books, please fill in the clipboard underneath the display.

New Books for January 2014

Published on 10/01/2014 

The new books for January are now on display in the Library Area of the Hoyle building:

A celebration of the Northumberland Telescope

Published on 18/12/2013 

In celebration of 175 years of the Northumberland Telescope.  A light-hearted poem with slides was delivered to the Cambridge Astronomical Association (CAA) by Mark Hurn (Departmental Librarian, Institute of Astronomy) to their Star Party on Friday 13 December 2013.  There was also a special Northumberland Telescope cake provided by one of the CAA members.

If you are interested in reading the poem (to which no literary merit is claimed by its author) it can be found by CLICKING HERE

 

Very Short Introductions (ebooks trial)

Published on 18/12/2013 

Thanks to the ebooks@cambridge team, we have free access to the popular Very Short Introductions range of books. Click here to access them.

There are a number related to astronomy, including Astrobiology, Cosmology, Galaxies, Galileo, History of Astronomy, Newton, Planets, Relativity, and Stars.

Access is campus-only but the trial has been extended to 31 January.

New Books for December

Published on 04/12/2013 

These new books will be on display in the Hoyle Building Library Area for the month of December.  There is a clipboard underneath the display, where you can reserve books.

Basic concepts in physics: from the cosmos to quarks / Masud Chaichian et al.  Berlin: Springer-Verlag, 2014  Undergraduate Lecture Notes in Physics  ISBN 9783642195976  (140/CHA)

Library Bulletin

Published on 25/11/2013 

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Library Bulletin No. 52 (November 2013)

Published on 12/11/2013 

In this issue we welcome the Battcock Centre, hear from an astronomy history conference, and hear about Cambridge University Press books as e-books READ HERE AS PDF

"A Night with the Stars" video

Published on 12/11/2013 

The "stars" of this video include the IoA's Northumberland and Thorrowgood telescopes, Macieij Hermanowicz, and IoA Librarian Mark Hurn.  There is also some coverage of the Flamsteed Astronomical Society in Greenwich.  To watch the video CLICK HERE