June 22, 2010

Reading List

Some of what I have been reading recently:
  • This article discusses proper motion, the movement of a star in the sky due to its movements in space or even due to the movements of the Sun itself. It uses Barnard's Star as an example, which is located just 6 light years away and has a proper motion of 10 arcseconds a year! The article includes the change in the position of Barnard's Star over 60 years, from 1950 to 2010. [Read at Bad Astronomy]
  • John Glenn, first American in orbit, wants the space shuttle to remain operational. [Read at Space.com]
  • Wonderful image of a star forming region made up of gas in the Large Magellanic Cloud taken by the Hubble Space Telescope. [Read at Space Fellowship]
  • There are low levels of uranium on the lunar surface. This may help reveal vital information about the formation of the Moon's surface (and also rules out ideas of futuristic moon missions that could rely on uranium for energy or commercial uses). [Read at Space.com]
  • I've also been reading the book Endless Universe: Beyond the Big Bang by Paul Steinhardt and Neil Turok. The book critiques the Big Bang theory and presents potential flaws in the inflationary model, while proposing the "Cyclic Universe" theory. I plan to post a full review once I finish reading. [Available at Amazon.com]
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1 comment:

  1. I too am on the lookout for solid sciencereading. Other than books (actually non space stuff right now - reading Feeding the Future), I've found a recent publication that puts together a compendium of feature writing from NASA and other sources called Space Geographic (http://www.amazon.com/Space-Geographic-1-1-ebook/dp/B003NHT3UK/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&m=AZC9TZ4UC9CFC&s=digital-text&qid=1292644121&sr=1-1). Only one Space Geographic issue out now but the next is supposed to be out by xmas. Anyway, like your blog. Very erudite.