Institute of Astronomy

Library News

New books for December

Published on 28/11/2012 

The following new books will be placed 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 for when they come off the display.



Published on 16/11/2012 

From January 2013 the journal, Publications of the Astronomical Society of Australia (PASA) is to be published by Cambridge University Press (CUP).  For details click here.

Library Bulletin 49 (November 2012) is out today

Published on 13/11/2012 

Library Bulletin No. 49 is out today.  In it you can read about David Dewhirst, the SPIE Digital Library, our Open Cambridge event and 'gen up' on the Library rules!  For Word File click here.

New books for November

Published on 29/10/2012 

The following new books will go on display in the Hoyle building library area for the month of November.  If you want to reserve any of the books, just write your name and the titles you are interested in, on the clipboard underneath the display.

David Dewhirst offprints

Published on 10/10/2012 

We have in the Library Office a supply of offprints of the following articles, which we will be happy to provide free of charge to anyone who would like them:

"William Herbert Steavenson" by D.W. Dewhirst  QJRAS 18 (1977)

"Early drawings of Messier 1: pineapple or crab?" by D.W. Dewhirst, The Observatory, 103 (1983)

"The Rosse Spirals" by David W. Dewhirst and Michael Hoskin, Journal for the History of Astronomy, 22 (1991)

Please contact the Library Office if you are interested.

David W. Dewhirst (1926-2012)

Published on 01/10/2012 

David W. Dewhirst (1926-2012) was an astronomer and librarian at the Cambridge Observatories and the Institute of Astronomy from 1950 to retirement in 1993.  He was also a Gresham Professor of Astronomy and Chairman of the RAS Library for many years.

New Books for October

Published on 21/09/2012 

The following new books will be put on display in the Hoyle building library area at the start of October.  There is a clipboard underneath the display where you are welcome to reserve books.

4th HINODE science meeting: unsolved problems and recent insights: proceedings of a conference held at Palermo, October 2010 /edited by Luis R. Bellot Rubio et al.  San Francisco: Astronomical Society of the Pacific, 2012  ASP Conference Series Volume 455  ISBN 9781583817926  (B.7.1)

Open Cambridge: Open Observatory Report

Published on 10/09/2012 

We opened the historic (Grade 2 listed) Cambridge Observatory building to the public on Friday the 7th of September from 4-6pm.  Our 'Open Observatory' event was part of the wider Open Cambridge weekend where buildings normally closed to the public open up for visitors.

We received about 40 visitors in total, and judging from the responses we had, they enjoyed their vist.  As well as the classical architecture of the Observatory building of 1823.  Visitors could view the Northumberland telescope of 1838 and a display of old books from the Library.

Open Cambridge: Open Observatory event

Published on 28/08/2012 

As part of this years Open Cambridge, the historic Cambridge Observatory building will be open to the public.  Visitors will be able to see a library display of old astronomical books, as well as the observatories historic telescopes.  The Open Observatory event is 16.00-18.00 7th September 2012.  For more details CLICK HERE

The Astronomical Almanac 2013

Published on 24/08/2012 

The Astronomical Almanac for 2013 is now in the Library.  It can be found in Library Room A at the shelf mark R/I/NAU.  The Almanac for this year is also at that shelf mark, earlier editions (going back to 1768) are held the Rare Book Room.