Resources: Astronomy, Astrophysics

Websites, reports on current research, articles and books on the numerous topics and issues in this broad field. These materials accommodate readers with varying degrees of knowledge of the different topics.


Books & Articles

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  • Barrow, John D. 2007. New theories of everything: the quest for ultimate explanation . Oxford & New York: Oxford Univ Press
  • Barrow, John D. 2000. The book of nothing: vacuums, voids, and the latest ideas about the origins of the universe . NY: Pantheon
  • Bortz, Alfred B. 2008. Astrobiology . Minneapolis, MN: Lerner Publications
  • Boss, Alan. 2009. The Crowded Universe: The Search for Living Planets . New York: Basic Books
  • Casoli, F., & T. Encrenaz. 2007. The new worlds: extrasolar planets . Berlin & NY:Springer
  • Casse, Michel. 2003. Stellar alchemy:the celestial origin of atoms . (Trans S. Lyle). Cambridge & New York: Cambridge Univ Press
  • Deutsch, David. 1997. The fabric of reality: the science of parallel universes— and its implications . New York: Allen Lane
  • Garfinkle, David & Richard. 2008. Three steps to the universe . Chicago: Univ of Chicago Press
  • Gates, E. 2009. Einstein’s telescope: the hunt for dark matter and dark energy in the universe . NY: W.W. Norton & Co
  • Guth, Alan H. 1997. The inflationary universe: the quest for a new theory of cosmic origins . Reading, MA: Addison-Wesley
  • Impey, Chris. 2007. The living cosmos: our search for life in the universe. NY: Random House
  • Kaku, Michio. 2005. Parallel worlds: a journey through creation, higher dimensions, and the future of the cosmos . NY: Doubleday
  • Kirshner, Robert P. 2002. The extravagant universe: exploding stars, dark energy, and the accelerating cosmos . Princeton, NJ: Princeton Univ. Press.
  • Kitchin, C. R. 2007. Galaxies in turmoil:the active and starburst galaxies and the black holes that drive them . London:Springer
  • Krauss, Lawrence M. 2001. Atom: an odyssey from the big bang to life on earth— and beyond . Boston: Little Brown & Co
  • Laughlin, Robert B. 2005. A different universe: reinventing physics from the bottom down . NY: Basic Books.
  • Lunine, J. I. 2005. Astrobiology: a multidisciplinary approach . San Francisco, CA: Pearson Education, Inc.
  • Livio, Mario. 2000. The accelerating universe: infinite expansion, the cosmological constant, and the beauty of the cosmos .NY: Wiley
  • Maddox, John Royden. 1998. What remains to be discovered . NY: Martin Kessler Books
  • Mackintosh, Ray, et al. 2001. Nucleus: a trip into the heart of matter . Baltimore, MD and London: Johns Hopkins Univ Press
  • Mason, Stephen Finney. 1992. Chemical evolution . Oxford: Clarendon Press and New York: Oxford University Press
  • Melia, Fulvio.2003. The Black Hole at the Center of Our Galaxy . Princeton, NJ: Princeton Univ Press
  • Nicolson, I. 2007. Dark side of the universe:dark matter, dark energy, & fate of the cosmos . Balt., MD: Johns Hopkins Univ Press
  • Plaxco, Kevin W. & Michael Gross. 2006. Astrobiology: a brief introduction . Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press.
  • Randall, Lisa. 2006. Warped passages: unraveling the mysteries of the Universe’s hidden dimensions. New York: Harper Perennial
  • Seife, Charles. 2006. Decoding the universe. New York: Viking
  • Sobel, Dava. 2006. The planets . London: Harper Perennial
  • Smolin, Lee. 1997. The life of the cosmos . NY: Oxford University Press
  • Steinhardt, Paul J. and Neil Turok. 2007. Endless universe: beyond the Big Bang . NY: Doubleday
  • Scientific American (collection). 2008. Beyond Extreme Physics. NY: The Rosen Publishing Group
  • Weinberg, Steven. 1993. The first three minutes: a modern view of the origin of the universe. New York: Basic Books
  • Wilczek, Frank. 2008. The lightness of being: mass, ether, and the unification of forces . New York: Basic Books

Black Holes

NASA site, basic explanation

Hubble site: basic explanation with animation

Black holes lead galaxy growth

Astronomers discover link between supermassive black holes and galaxy formation

Radio telescope reveals secrets of massive black hole

Supermassive black holes powered the most ancient quasars, but have evolved through time

Precocious supermassive black holes challenge theories

The mystery of black holes —Astrophysicists discover new details of how stars collapse

Black holes light up —astronomers spot black holes using NASA Chandra X-Ray Observatory

Deepest X-Rays ever reveal universe teeming with black holes

Missing black hole report: hundreds found

NASA scientists identify smallest known black hole

Black holes: eternal prisons no more, Stephen Hawking lecture


New technique could find water on Earth-like planets orbiting distant suns

Adventures in the Goldilocks Zone

Astronomers find potentially habitable Earth-like planet

A 3-D View of remote galaxies

Kepler planet hunter rockets into space

Astronomy bright future

Earth-like planets in our galactic neighborhood

Astronomers hit a telescopic jackpot