Institute of Astronomy

Library News

Accepted for publication? Open Access? REF?

Published on 23/07/2014 

If you have recently had a paper accepted for publication, you need to upload your manuscript to 

This will enable you to meet the requirements of REF and funders' Open Access policies.  For more information go to




Published on 01/07/2014 

These new books will be on display in the Hoyle Building Library Area during July.  You are welcome to have a look at them, but please don't take them away!  There is a clipboard underneath the display where you can reserve books and they will be delivered to you at the end of the month.

Selected correspondence of William Huggins / Editor: Barbara J. Becker  London: Pickering & Chatto, 2014  ISBN 9781848934153 2 Volumes  (3/HUG/B)

Main US astronomy journals to go online-only from 2015

Published on 02/06/2014 
The American Astronomical Society (AAS)and IOP Publishing have announced that from 2015 all AAS research journals published with IOP will become electronic only and will no longer print paper editions. This affects the Astronomical Journal (AJ) and the Astrophysical Journal (ApJ), Astrophysical Journal Letters (ApJL), and Astrophysical Journal Supplement Series (ApJS).

New Books for June

Published on 02/06/2014 

The following New Books will be on display in the Hoyle building library area during the month of June.  There is a clipboard under the display where you can reserve books.

Black Holes: new horizons / Sean Alan Hayward (editor)  Singapore: World Scientific, 2013  ISBN 9789814425698  (58/HAY)

The Neutrino hunters / Ray Jayawardhana  New York: Oneworld, 2013  ISBN 9781780743264  (67/JAY)

New Books for May

Published on 06/05/2014 

The following New Books will be on display in the Hoyle building library area during the month of May.  There is a clipboard under the display where you can reserve books.

Advanced interferometers and the search for gravitational waves: Lectures from the First VESF School on advanced detectors for gravitational waves / Massimo Bassan (editor) Cham: Springer, 2014  Astrophysics and Space Science Library 404 ISBN 9783319037912  (14/BAS)

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