New and Noteworthy

Philosophers and poets in times past tried to figure out why the stainless Moon “smoothly polished, like a diamond,” in Dante’s words, had stains. The agreed solution was that, like a mirror, it reflected the imperfect Earth.
 
For many years, planetary science has been taught as part of the astronomy curriculum, from a very physics-based perspective, and from the framework of a tour of the solar system — body by body.
 
Cambridge University Press, 2019, 666 pp., Hardcover, $110.00. www.cambridge.org How do planetary scientists analyze and interpret data from laboratory, telescopic, and spacecraft observations of planetary surfaces? What elements, minerals, and volatiles are found on the surfaces of our solar system’s planets, moons, asteroids, and comets? This comprehensive volume answers these topical questions by providing an […]
 
Springer, 2020, 241 pp., Hardcover. $159.99. www.springer.com This book explores the dynamics of planetary and stellar fluid layers, including atmospheres, oceans, iron cores, and convective and radiative zones in stars, describing the different theoretical, computational, and experimental methods used to study these problems in fluid mechanics, including the advantages and limitations of each method for […]
 
Springer, 2019, 124 pp., Paperback. $59.99. www.springer.com This Springer Brief in Astronomy summarizes the latest relevant research and discoveries that have been made in the area of ringed small bodies and small body taxonomy, including those that lay the groundwork for future discoveries. Before 2013, ringed small bodies were only theoretical. Thus, there are very limited […]
 
Firefly Books, 2019, 112 pp., Paperback. $14.95. www.fireflybooks.com 2020 Guide to the Night Sky is the ideal resource for novices and experienced amateurs in the United States and Canada, and has been updated to include 16 more pages of even more new and practical information covering events to occur in North America’s night sky throughout […]
 
Workman Publishing, 2019. 10 × 6.75-inch reference cards, $15.00 for 5 cards, $120.00 for 40 cards. www.workman.com This is the 38th edition of Kim Long’s classic Moon calendar, the first of its kind and a fan favorite since 1982. With a graphic, at-a-glance 2020 lunar calendar on the front and easy-to-read, detailed data provided by […]
 
52 standard playing-card-size flashcards, $24.99. www.carddia.com Learning about the solar system can be a bit tough, with so many planets and their satellites, and reading through textbooks may make students even more confused. These flashcards could be a great help. This set covers the entire solar system and other major astronomical objects such as galaxies, […]
 
One disc, $24.99. shop.pbs.org On February 6, 2018, the world watched as the first Falcon Heavy rocket blasted toward the heavens. It was the most powerful rocket to leave Earth since the iconic Saturn V lifted Apollo astronauts to the Moon. With millions watching via livestream, it became clear:  Crewed space travel is making a […]
 
Two discs, $29.99. shop.pbs.org Among the stars in the night sky wander the worlds of our own solar system, each home to truly awe-inspiring sights:  a volcano three times as tall as Mount Everest, geysers erupting with icy plumes, a cyclone larger than Earth that’s been churning for hundreds of years. In this five-part series, […]
 
Sourcebooks Wonderland, 2019, 40 pp., Hardcover. $17.99. shop.sourcebooks.com This is a heartwarming story of a friendship-seeking Moon that also celebrates the extraordinary 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon landing. From high up in the sky, the Moon has spent her whole life watching Earth and hoping for someone to visit. Dinosaurs roam, pyramids are […]
 
Little, Brown Young Readers, 2019, 40 pp., Hardcover. $18.99. www.littlebrownlibrary.com This book tells the inspiring true story of mathematician Katherine Johnson – made famous by the award-winning film Hidden Figures – who counted and computed her way to NASA and helped put a man on the Moon. Katherine knew it was wrong that African Americans didn’t have […]
 
Quarry Books, 2019, 80 pp., Paperback. $12.99. www.quartoknows.com Dig in and learn about the Earth under your feet. Little Learning Labs: Geology for Kids features 26 simple, inexpensive, and fun experiments that explore the Earth’s surface, structure, and processes. This family-friendly guide explores the wonders of geology, such as the formation of crystals and fossils, the layers […]
 
Gareth Stevens Publishing, 2019, 32 pp. Hardcover. $26.60. www.garethstevens.com As Earth moves around the sun, the seasons on Earth change. The movement of the Moon affects the tides in Earth’s oceans. What happens in space has an influence on our lives. In this book, readers explore the cycles in the space that most affect us […]
 
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