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Preservation Of Our Astronomical Heritage: State Of The Profession White Paper For Astro2020, James Lattis, Wayne Osborn, Terry D. Oswalt, Jennifer Lynn Bartlett, Elizabeth Griffin, Thomas Hockey, Stephen Mccluskey, Alexei A. Pevtsov, Sara Schechner, Virginia Trimble Jul 2019

Preservation Of Our Astronomical Heritage: State Of The Profession White Paper For Astro2020, James Lattis, Wayne Osborn, Terry D. Oswalt, Jennifer Lynn Bartlett, Elizabeth Griffin, Thomas Hockey, Stephen Mccluskey, Alexei A. Pevtsov, Sara Schechner, Virginia Trimble

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We argue that it is essential that the Astro2020 survey of the present state of American astronomy and the recommendations for the next decade address the issue of ensuring preservation of, and making more discoverable and accessible, the field’s rich legacy materials. These include both archived observations of scientific value and items of historical importance. Much of this heritage likely will be lost if action is not taken in the next decade. It is proposed that the decadal plan include recommendations on (1) compiling a list of historic sites and development of models for their preservation, (2) carrying out ...


Book Review: Life On Mars: What To Know Before We Go, T. D. Oswalt Dec 2018

Book Review: Life On Mars: What To Know Before We Go, T. D. Oswalt

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This document is Dr. Oswalt’s review of Life on Mars: what to know before we go. Princeton, 2018. 302p index ISBN 9780691180533, $29.95; ISBN 9781400889945 ebook, contact publisher for price.


Database Review: Sao/Nasa Astrophysics Data System, Laura Pope Robbins Sep 2018

Database Review: Sao/Nasa Astrophysics Data System, Laura Pope Robbins

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Laura Pope Robbins is an advisor for The Charleston Advisor, and the review below is included in Scholarly Commons with the permission of the publisher.

The Astrophysics Data System (ADS) is the premier Open Access research database for astronomy and astrophysics containing over 13 million bibliographic records. These records include journal articles, books, conference proceedings, historical observatory bulletins, and other gray literature. An exceptional feature of ADS is the visualizations it creates, showing author networks, overlapping citations, and frequently occurring terminology giving researchers new ways to explore the literature. It is a unique resource that is as easy for a ...


Book Review: Spectral Atlas For Amateur Astronomers: A Guide To The Spectra Of Astronomical Objects And Terrestrial Light Sources, T. D. Oswalt Jun 2018

Book Review: Spectral Atlas For Amateur Astronomers: A Guide To The Spectra Of Astronomical Objects And Terrestrial Light Sources, T. D. Oswalt

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This document is Dr. Oswalt’s review of Spectral Atlas for Amateur Astronomers: A Guide to the Spectra of Astronomical Objects and Terrestrial Light Sources by Richard Walker. Cambridge 2017, 277 p bibl index, 9781107165908 $89.99, 9781316731048 $72.00


A Gravitational-Wave Standard Siren Measurement Of The Hubble Constant, B. P. Abbott, K. Aultoneal, S. Gaudio, K. Gill, E. M. Gretarrson, B. Hughey, M. Muratore, J. W. W. Pratt, S. G. Schwalde, K. Staats, M. J. Szczepańczyk, M. Zanolin, Et Al. Nov 2017

A Gravitational-Wave Standard Siren Measurement Of The Hubble Constant, B. P. Abbott, K. Aultoneal, S. Gaudio, K. Gill, E. M. Gretarrson, B. Hughey, M. Muratore, J. W. W. Pratt, S. G. Schwalde, K. Staats, M. J. Szczepańczyk, M. Zanolin, Et Al.

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The detection of GW170817 (Abbott et al. 2017a) in both gravitational waves and electromagnetic waves heralds the age of gravitational-wave multi-messenger astronomy. On 17 August 2017 the Advanced Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory (LIGO) (LIGO Scientific Collaboration et al. 2015) and Virgo (Acernese et al. 2015) detectors observed GW170817, a strong signal from the merger of a binary neutron-star system. Less than 2 seconds after the merger, a gamma-ray burst (GRB 170817A) was detected within a region of the sky consistent with the LIGO-Virgo-derived location of the gravitational-wave source (Abbott et al. 2017b; Goldstein et al. 2017; Savchenko et al. 2017 ...


Book Review: Chandra's Cosmos: Dark Matter, Black Holes, And Other Wonders Revealed By Nasa's Premier X-Ray Observatory, T. D. Oswalt Nov 2017

Book Review: Chandra's Cosmos: Dark Matter, Black Holes, And Other Wonders Revealed By Nasa's Premier X-Ray Observatory, T. D. Oswalt

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This document is Dr. Oswalt’s review of Chandra's cosmos: dark matter, black holes, and other wonders revealed by NASA's premier X-ray observatory by Wallace H. Tucker. Smithsonian Books, 2017. 266p bibl index ISBN 9781588345875, $29.95; ISBN 9781588345882 ebook, contact publiser for price.


Book Review: Shoot The Moon: A Complete Guide To Lunar Imaging, T. D. Oswalt Jun 2017

Book Review: Shoot The Moon: A Complete Guide To Lunar Imaging, T. D. Oswalt

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This document is Dr. Oswalt’s review of Shoot the Moon: a Complete Guide to Lunar Imaging by Dupont-Bloch, Nicolas. Cambridge, 2016, 323 p index, 9781107548442 $39.95, 9781316657867 $32.00.


Book Review: From The Realm Of The Nebulae To Populations Of Galaxies: Dialogues On A Century Of Research, Astrophysics And Space Science Library, 435, T. D. Oswalt Apr 2017

Book Review: From The Realm Of The Nebulae To Populations Of Galaxies: Dialogues On A Century Of Research, Astrophysics And Space Science Library, 435, T. D. Oswalt

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This document is Dr. Oswalt’s review of From the Realm of the Nebulae to Populations of Galaxies : Dialogues on a Century of Research, Astrophysics and Space Science Library, 435. by Mauro D'Onofrio, Roberto Rampazzo, and Simone Zaggia Springer, 2016 785p bibl index afp, 9783319310046 $279.00, 9783319310060 $219.00


Book Review: The International Atlas Of Mars Exploration: From Spirit To Curiosity: V.2: 2004 To 2014, T. D. Oswalt Oct 2016

Book Review: The International Atlas Of Mars Exploration: From Spirit To Curiosity: V.2: 2004 To 2014, T. D. Oswalt

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This document is Dr. Oswalt’s review of The International Atlas of Mars Exploration: from Spirit to Curiosity : V.2: 2004 to 2014 by Philip J. Stooke. 444p bibl index, 9781107030930 $145.00, 9781139344470 LC Call Number: 1000


Book Review: How Do You Find An Exoplanet?, T. D. Oswalt Sep 2016

Book Review: How Do You Find An Exoplanet?, T. D. Oswalt

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This document is Dr. Oswalt’s review of How Do You Find an Exoplanet? by John Asher Johnson. Princeton, 2016 178p bibl index afp, 9780691156811 $35.00, 9781400873999


Book Review: Moons Of The Solar System: From Giant Ganymede To Dainty Dactyl, T. D. Oswalt Apr 2016

Book Review: Moons Of The Solar System: From Giant Ganymede To Dainty Dactyl, T. D. Oswalt

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This document is Dr. Oswalt’s review of Moons of the Solar System : from Giant Ganymede to Dainty Dactyl by James A. Hall, III. Springer 2015. 297p index afp, 9783319206356 $34.99, 9783319206363 $19.99


Book Review: The Scientific Exploration Of Venus, T. D. Oswalt Jun 2015

Book Review: The Scientific Exploration Of Venus, T. D. Oswalt

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This document is Dr. Oswalt’s review of The Scientific Exploration of Venus, by Fredric W. Taylor. Cambridge, 2014 295p bibl index, 9781107023482 $48.00


Book Review: Planetary Rings: A Post-Equinox View 2nd Ed, T. D. Oswalt Nov 2014

Book Review: Planetary Rings: A Post-Equinox View 2nd Ed, T. D. Oswalt

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This document is Dr. Oswalt’s review of Planetary Rings : a Post-Equinox View 2nd Ed. by Larry W. Esposito, Cambridge, 2014 246p bibl index, 9781107028821 $120.00


Book Review: Cosmic Dawn: The Search For The First Stars And Galaxies, T. D. Oswalt Apr 2014

Book Review: Cosmic Dawn: The Search For The First Stars And Galaxies, T. D. Oswalt

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This document is Dr. Oswalt’s review of Cosmic Dawn : the Search for the First Stars and Galaxies by George Rhee, springer, 2013. 279p, 9781461478126 $39.99, 9781461478133 $29.99.


Book Review: Robotic Exploration Of The Solar System: Pt. 4: The Modern Era, 2004-2013, T. D. Oswalt Jan 2014

Book Review: Robotic Exploration Of The Solar System: Pt. 4: The Modern Era, 2004-2013, T. D. Oswalt

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This document is Dr. Oswalt’s review of Robotic Exploration of the Solar System : Pt. 4: the Modern Era, 2004-2013 by Paolo Ulivi with David Harland Springer, 2014 567p bibl index afp, 9781461448112 $44.99, 9781461448129 $29.99


Book Review: The Observer's Guide To Planetary Motion: Explaining The Cycles Of The Night Sky, T. D. Oswalt Jan 2014

Book Review: The Observer's Guide To Planetary Motion: Explaining The Cycles Of The Night Sky, T. D. Oswalt

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This document is Dr. Oswalt’s review of The Observer's Guide to Planetary Motion : Explaining the Cycles of the Night Sky by Dominic Ford. Springer, 2014 240p index afp, 9781493906284 $34.99.


Book Review: Heart Of Darkness: Unraveling The Mysteries Of The Invisible Universe, T. D. Oswalt Sep 2013

Book Review: Heart Of Darkness: Unraveling The Mysteries Of The Invisible Universe, T. D. Oswalt

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This document is Dr. Oswalt’s review of Heart of Darkness : Unraveling the Mysteries of the Invisible Universe by Jeremiah P. Ostriker and Simon Mitton Princeton, 2013 299p, 9780691134307 $27.95, 9781400844647 $27.95


Book Review: Weird Worlds: Bizarre Bodies Of The Solar System And Beyond, T. D. Oswalt Jan 2013

Book Review: Weird Worlds: Bizarre Bodies Of The Solar System And Beyond, T. D. Oswalt

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This document is Dr. Oswalt’s review of Weird Worlds : Bizarre Bodies of the Solar System and Beyond by David A. J. Seargent. Springer, 2013 309p, 1461470633 $34.95, 9781461470632 $34.95.


Book Review: Astronomy At The Frontiers Of Science, T. D. Oswalt May 2012

Book Review: Astronomy At The Frontiers Of Science, T. D. Oswalt

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This document is Dr. Oswalt’s review of Astronomy at the Frontiers of Science, edited by Jean-Pierre Lasota, Springer, 2011. 357p, 9789400716575 $179.00.


Book Review: New Eyes On The Universe: Twelve Cosmic Mysteries And The Tools We Need To Solve Them, T. D. Oswalt Jan 2012

Book Review: New Eyes On The Universe: Twelve Cosmic Mysteries And The Tools We Need To Solve Them, T. D. Oswalt

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This document is Dr. Oswalt’s review of New Eyes on the Universe : Twelve Cosmic Mysteries and the Tools We Need to Solve Them by Stephen Webb. Springer/Praxis, 2012 371p, 9781461421931 $44.95, 9781461421948


Book Review: The International Atlas Of Mars Exploration: The First Five Decades: V.1: 1953 To 2003, T. D. Oswalt Jan 2012

Book Review: The International Atlas Of Mars Exploration: The First Five Decades: V.1: 1953 To 2003, T. D. Oswalt

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This document is Dr. Oswalt’s review of The International Atlas of Mars Exploration: the First Five Decades : V.1: 1953 to 2003 by Philip J. Stooke. Cambridge, 2012 359p, 0521765536 $140.00, 9780521765534 $140.00.


Application Of Asymptotic Expansions For Maximum Likelihood Estimators' Errors To Gravitational Waves From Inspiraling Binary Systems: The Network Case, Salvatore Vitale, Michele Zanolin Nov 2011

Application Of Asymptotic Expansions For Maximum Likelihood Estimators' Errors To Gravitational Waves From Inspiraling Binary Systems: The Network Case, Salvatore Vitale, Michele Zanolin

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This paper describes the most accurate analytical frequentist assessment to date of the uncertainties in the estimation of physical parameters from gravitational waves generated by nonspinning binary systems and Earth-based networks of laser interferometers. The paper quantifies how the accuracy in estimating the intrinsic parameters mostly depends on the network signal to noise ratio (SNR), but the resolution in the direction of arrival also strongly depends on the network geometry. We compare results for 6 different existing and possible global networks and two different choices of the parameter space. We show how the fraction of the sky where the one ...


Book Review: The Cambridge Atlas Of Herschel Objects, T. D. Oswalt Nov 2011

Book Review: The Cambridge Atlas Of Herschel Objects, T. D. Oswalt

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This document is Dr. Oswalt’s review of The Cambridge Atlas of Herschel Objects by James Mullaney and Wil Tirion Cambridge, 2011 183p, 0521138175 $35.00, 9780521138178 $35.00.


Book Review: Exploring Mars: Chronicles From A Decade Of Discovery, T. D. Oswalt Jan 2011

Book Review: Exploring Mars: Chronicles From A Decade Of Discovery, T. D. Oswalt

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This document is Dr. Oswalt’s review of Exploring Mars : Chronicles from a Decade of Discovery by Scott Hubbard. Arizona, 2011 194p, 9780816521111 $45.00, 9780816528967 $17.95.


Book Review: Stars Above, Earth Below: A Guide To Astronomy In The National Parks, T. D. Oswalt Nov 2010

Book Review: Stars Above, Earth Below: A Guide To Astronomy In The National Parks, T. D. Oswalt

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This document is Dr. Oswalt’s review of Stars Above, Earth Below : a Guide to Astronomy in the National Parks by Tyler Nordgren. Springer/Praxis, 2010 444p, 9781441916488 $29.95.


Book Review: Finding The Big Bang, T. D. Oswalt Oct 2009

Book Review: Finding The Big Bang, T. D. Oswalt

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This document is Dr. Oswalt’s review of Finding the Big Bang edited by P. James E. Peebles, Lyman A. Page Jr., and R. Bruce Partridge Cambridge, 2009 571p, 9780521519823 $80.00


Book Review: Clocks In The Sky: The Story Of Pulsars, T. D. Oswalt May 2009

Book Review: Clocks In The Sky: The Story Of Pulsars, T. D. Oswalt

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This document is Dr. Oswalt’s review of Clocks in the Sky: The Story of Pulsars by Geoff McNamara, Springer/Praxis, 2008 190p, 9780387765600 $29.95.


Book Review: Electronic Imaging In Astronomy: Detectors And Instrumentation 2nd Ed., T. D. Oswalt Mar 2009

Book Review: Electronic Imaging In Astronomy: Detectors And Instrumentation 2nd Ed., T. D. Oswalt

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This document is Dr. Oswalt’s review of Electronic imaging in astronomy : detectors and instrumentation 2nd ed. by Ian S. McLean, Springer/Praxis, 2008 552p, 9783540765820 $99.00


Statistical Analysis Of Stellar Evolution, David A. Van Dyk, Ted Von Hippel, Steven Degenarro, Nathan Stein, William Jefferys Jan 2009

Statistical Analysis Of Stellar Evolution, David A. Van Dyk, Ted Von Hippel, Steven Degenarro, Nathan Stein, William Jefferys

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Color-Magnitude Diagrams (CMDs) are plots that compare the magnitudes (luminosities) of stars in different wavelengths of light (colors). High nonlinear correlations among the mass, color, and surface temperature of newly formed stars induce a long narrow curved point cloud in a CMD known as the main sequence. Aging stars form new CMD groups of red giants and white dwarfs. The physical processes that govern this evolution can be described with mathematical models and explored using complex computer models. These calculations are designed to predict the plotted magnitudes as a function of parameters of scientific interest, such as stellar age, mass ...


Book Review: Escaping The Bonds Of Earth: The Fifties And The Sixties, T. D. Oswalt Jan 2009

Book Review: Escaping The Bonds Of Earth: The Fifties And The Sixties, T. D. Oswalt

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This document is Dr. Oswalt’s review of by Ben Evans. Springer/Praxis, 2009 493p, 9780387790930 $39.95