Institute of Astronomy

Library News


Published on 29/02/2012 

The following new books will be on display in the Hoyle Building library area for the month of March.  If you would like to reserve one of these books, please write your details on the clipboard underneath the display or contact the Librarian.

Handbook of X-ray astronomy / Edited by Keith Arnaud et al. Cambridge University Press, 2011 Cambridge Observing Handbooks for Research Astronomers 7  ISBN 9780521883733  (65/ARN)

Cambridge Alerts

Published on 23/02/2012 

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Help us win £500 of new books from CUP

Published on 23/02/2012 

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This competition will run from November 2011 to the end of March 2012

New IoA Facebook Page

Published on 22/02/2012 

There is now a new (today) IoA Facebook page, we are hoping this will be an active and informative group, allowing people to find out the latest news from the Institute, click here to see the page: IoA Facebook

IoA Publications Database updated to end of 2011

Published on 17/02/2012 

The IoA Publications Database has been updated and now contains publications by IoA authors to the end of 2011.  To access the database, which can be searched by author/title and other facets, just Click Here

New Books for February

Published on 01/02/2012 

The following new books will be on display in the Hoyle building library area for the month of February.  There is a clipboard underneath the display where you can reserve books that interest you.

Astro-history journal to be free online

Published on 13/01/2012 

From March this year (2012) the respected, Journal of Astronomical History and Heritage (JAHH) will be available to all online at no charge.  Access will be through the NASA ADS database and will include the 14 volume back archive.


Published on 04/01/2012 

These new books will be on display through the month of January in the Hoyle building library area.  There is a clipboard underneatrh the display so you can reserve books.


Christmas and New Year Closure

Published on 19/12/2011 

The Library will close from the afternoon of Friday 23 December 2012 until 09.00 on Tuesday 3 January 2012.  We wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Victorian-era telescope dome demolished in 1957

Published on 07/12/2011 

We have just today saved into our digital repository DSpace a scan showing the demolition of the Newall dome at the Cambridge Observatory in 1957. The dome was designed by a wealthy engineer Robert Stirling Newall (1812-1889) for his great refractor of 25inches by Thomas Cooke. At the time it was the largest telescope of its type in the world.  The dome was desgned to be prefabricated and was orginally used to house the telescope on Newall's estate, 'Ferndene' in Gateshead being set up around 1871. It was transferred with the telescope to Cambridge in 1889. By the 1950's the dome was in a poor condition and it was not taken when the telescope itself was transferred to Athens where it survives in a new dome.  Click here to see the colour image.