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Astronomy: In the Library

This is a guide to the Library's collection in Astronomy. It is not comprehensive, but rather provides a good starting point for research.

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Call Numbers

If you want to browse the collection, these are some call numbers where you can find books about Astronomy. 

  • QB1 - 991 -- Astronomy
  • QB140 - 237 -- Practical and spherical astronomy
  • QB275 - 343 -- Geodesy
  • QB349 - 421 -- Theoretical astronomy and celestial mechanics (including perturbations, tides)
  • QB460 - 466 -- Astrophysics
  • QB468 - 480 -- Non-optical methods of astronomy
  • QB495-991 -- Descriptive astronomy (including stellar spectroscopy, cosmogony)
  • TL787-4050 -- Astronautics. Space Travel

Subject Headings

This is a list of suggested terms to use in a search for Astronomy resources in the Library Catalog:

  • Astronomers 
  • Astronomy 
  • Astronomy -- Amateur's Manuals 
  • Astronomy -- Ancient 
  • Astronomy -- Dictionaries 
  • Astronomy -- Encyclopedias 
  • Astrophysics 
  • Cosmology 
  • Exploration of Outer Space
  • Space Sciences 
  • Telescopes


The following titles are available on the main (2nd) floor in the Audio/Visual Room:


Experiencing Hubble : understanding the greatest images of the universe
Twelve lectures of thirty minutes each, by David M. Meyer, professor of physics and astronomy at Northwestern University. (A GreatCourses Course)
Call #: Great QB981 .E974 2011 DVD (Great Courses)


My favorite universe
Clear introductions to essential principles of physics support these lectures, including density, quantum theory, gravity, and the General Theory of Relativity. Also includes forays into disciplines such as chemistry and biology as needed to explain events in astronomy. (A GreatCourses Course)
Call # Great QB44.3 .O93 2010 DVD (Great Courses)


Our Night Sky
Disc 1. The constellations and their stars ; Seeing and navigating the sky ; Using binoculars and backyard telescopes ; Observing the moon and the sun ; Observing the planets with a telescope ; Meteor showers, comets, eclipses, and more -- Disc 2. The northern sky and the north celestial pole ; The fall sky ; The winter sky ; The spring sky ; The summer sky ; The southern sky and the milky way.
Presents 12 lectures (ca. 30 min. each) by Edward M. Murphy on astronomy. (A GreatCourses Course)
Call # Great QB461.3 .T9 2003 DVD (Great Courses) 


Host Carl Sagan takes viewers to the edge of the universe aboard the spaceship of the imagination in this 13-part series. Through beautiful special effects, viewers witness quasars, exploding galaxies, star clusters, supernovas, and pulsars. Returning to the solar system, viewers enter an astonishing recreation of the Alexandrian Library, seat of learning on Earth 2000 years ago.
Call #: Popular QB44.2 .C834 2000 DVD  Parts 1-5, Parts 6-13

Selected Books

These books are in the circulating collection.  You may check them out for three weeks at a time.  When you click on the book, it will take you to the catalog, where you can check whether the book is currently available, or when it is due back, as well as where it is located.

These are available on the third floor in the Reference Room.  They are for in-library use only, but you can make copies of pages as needed.

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