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Non-Optical Astronomy

Revised: Nov. 2011

"[W]here are the words to describe the glorious colours that are unknown to earthly eyes?" - The Gods of Mars, Edgar Rice Burroughs

Non-optical astronomy is the study of the sky through forms of energy and particles that we cannot see with our unaided senses. These forms of energy include radio and submillimeter waves, infrared and ultraviolet light, X-rays, and gamma rays. Recently, scientists have begun to look at the cosmos by detecting gravitons, the particles that transmit gravity in the same way that photons transmit light, and neutrinos, all-but-ghostly particles produced by the reactions at the hearts of stars and atomic bombs and reactors. Additionally, observations of cosmic rays, subatomic particles spat from the stars, can shed light on the operations of the universe. Since many of these particles and energies are are hard to detect on the Earth, NASA satellites play an important role in opening our eyes to those "glorious colors". This bibliography includes introductions to these exciting subfields of astronomy, a list of major NASA non-optical astronomy missions, and links to other American observatories in these subfields. Furthermore, the search for extra-terrestrial intelligence (SETI), depends heavily on radio telescopes. You can also find useful resources in our webpages on the Hubble and Webb Space Telescopes, Astrobiology, and Launch Schedules and Mission Chronologies.

All items are available at the Headquarters Library, except as noted. NASA Headquarters employees and contractors: Call x0168 or email Library@hq.nasa.gov for information on borrowing or in-library use of any of these items. Members of the public: Contact your local library for the availability of these items. NASA Headquarters employees can request additional materials or research on this topic. The Library welcomes your comments or suggestions about this webpage.


Contents: Books and Multimedia E-books Internet Resources

Books and Multimedia

Grice, Noreen, Simon Steel, and Doris Daou. Touch the Invisible Sky [braille]: A Multi-wavelength Braille Book Featuring Tactile NASA Images. San Juan, PR: Ozone Publishing, 2007.
QB68 .G749 2007 BOOKSTACKS
 
Hanel, R.A.. Exploration of the Solar System by Infrared Remote Sensing. Cambridge, UK; New York, NY: Cambridge University Press, 2003.
QB603.I52 E88 2003 BOOKSTACKS
 
Holt, Stephen S., Neil Gehrels, and John A. Nousek. Gamma-ray Bursts in the Swift Era: 16th Maryland Astrophysics Conference. Melville, NY: American Institute of Physics, 2006.
QB471.7 .B85 M37 2005 BOOKSTACKS
 
Lemonick, Michael D. Echo of the Big Bang. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2003.
TL795.3 .L45 2003 BOOKSTACKS
 
Leverington, David. New Cosmic Horizons: Space Astronomy From the V2 to the Hubble Space Telescope. New York, NY: Cambridge University Press, 2000.
QB136 .L48 2000 BOOKSTACKS
 
Lynne, Bjorn. The Universe, Yours to Discover: Herschel, Unveiling Hidden Details of Star and Galaxy Formation: Planck, Looking Back to the Dawn of Time. Paris, France: ESA, 2009.
QB84.5 .U55 H47 2009 DVD VIDEO COLLECTION
 
Meylan, Thomas, and Terry Teas. Optimizing Luck: What the Passion to Succeed in Space can Teach Business Leaders on Earth. Mountain View, CA: Davies-Black Pub., 2007.
HD58.9 .M494 2007 PPM-STACKS
Also available to NASA civil servants and contractors through the Books 24x7 service of SATERN.
 
National Aeronautics and Space Administration. Headquarters Information Technology Support Services. Tour of the Electromagnetic Spectrum. Arlington, VA: HITSS Multimedia, 2010.
QC670 .N373 T687 2010 DVD VIDEO COLLECTION
 
National Radio Astronomy Observatory. Radio Astronomy: Contributing to American Competitiveness. Charlottesville, VA: National Radio Astronomy Observatory, 2006.
QB82 .U88 R335 2006 BOOKSTACKS
 
National Research Council (U.S.). Committee for a Decadal Survey of Astronomy and Astrophysics. New Worlds, New Horizons in Astronomy and Astrophysics. Washington, DC: National Academies Press, 2011.
QB61 .N385 2011 BOOKSTACKS
The library also has the panel reports and the implementation report. These materials are also available as e-books through the National Academies Press.
 
__________. Committee on NASA Astronomy Science Centers. Portals to the Universe: The NASA Astronomy Science Centers. Washington, DC: National Academies Press, 2007.
QB500.262 .P67 2007 BOOKSTACKS
Also available as an e-book through the National Academies Press.
 
__________. Committee on NASA's Einstein Program: An Architecture for Implementation. NASA's Beyond Einstein Program: An Architecture for Implementation. Washington, DC: National Academies Press, 2007.
QB500 .N377 2007 BOOKSTACKS
Also available as an e-book through the National Academies Press.
 
__________. Committee on the Physics of the Universe. Connecting Quarks with the Cosmos: Eleven Science Questions for the New Century. Washington, DC: National Academies Press, 2003.
QB464 .Q83 2003 BOOKSTACKS
Also available as an e-book through the National Academies Press.
 
__________. Neutrino Facilities Assessment Committee. Neutrinos and Beyond: New Windows on Nature. Washington, DC: National Academies Press, 2003.
QQB464.2 .N48 2003 BOOKSTACKS
Also available as an e-book through the National Academies Press.
 
Rieke, G.H. The Last of the Great Observatories: Spitzer and the Era of Faster, Better, Cheaper at NASA. Tucson, AZ: University of Arizona Press, 2006.
QB500.267 .S65 2006 BOOKSTACKS
 
Savona, Gary. Spitzer Space Telescope. Pasadena, CA: California Institute of Technology, 2006.
QB500.267 .S658 2006 DVD VIDEO COLLECTION
 
Space Studies Board. Forging the Future of Space Science: The Next 50 Years. Washington, DC: National Academies Press, 2010.
TL787.5 .S633 F674 2010 BOOKSTACKS
Also available as an e-book through the National Academies Press.
 
Thronson, Harley A., M. Stiavelli, and A.G.G.M. Tielens (eds.). Astrophysics in the Next Decade: The James Webb Space Telescope and Concurrent Facilities. London: Springer, 2009.
QB500 .269 .A88 2009 BOOKSTACKS
 
Tucker, Wallace H., and Karen Tucker. Revealing the Universe: The Making of the Chandra X-ray Observatory. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2001.
QB472 .T82 2001 BOOKSTACKS

E-books

The e-books listed below are available to the general public through the National Academies Press.
 
Committee for a Decadal Survey of Astronomy and Astrophysics. 2020 Vision: An Overview of New Worlds, New Horizons in Astronomy and Astrophysics. 2011.
 
Committee on Scientific Use of the Radio Spectrum and Committee on Radio Frequencies. Spectrum Management for Science in the 21st Century. 2010.
 
Plasma 2010 Committee and Plasma Science Committee. Plasma Science: Advancing Knowledge in the National Interest. 2007.

Internet Resources

NASA Resources
 
Boen, Brooke. Exploring the Invisible Universe: Chandra X-ray Observatory. Nov. 17, 2011 [Nov. 22, 2011].
http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/chandra/main/index.html
 
Boone, Katy. Astro-E2/Suzaku. March 24, 2011 [Nov. 22, 2011].
http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/astro-e2/main/index.html
 
Curry, Marty. Stratospheric Observatory For Infrared Astronomy. Nov. 21, 2011 [Nov. 22, 2011].
http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/SOFIA/index.html
 
Jenner, Lynn. Fermi: Exploring the Extreme Universe. Nov. 3, 2011 [Nov. 22, 2011].
http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/GLAST/main/index.html
 
Netting, Ruth. Astrophysics - NASA Science. Sept. 19, 2011. [Nov. 22, 2011].
http://nasascience.nasa.gov/astrophysics
 
__________. Heliophysics - NASA Science. Sept. 20, 2011. [Nov. 22, 2011].
http://nasascience.nasa.gov/heliophysics
 
Greicius, Tony. Galaxy Evolution Explorer. May 19, 2011 [Nov. 22, 2011].
http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/galex/index.html
 
__________. Spitzer Space Telescope. Nov. 10, 2011 [Nov. 22, 2011].
http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/spitzer/main/index.html
 
Zell, Holly. Interstellar Boundary Explorer. Feb. 17, 2011 [Nov. 22, 2011].
http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/ibex/index.html
 
__________. Swift. Nov. 10, 2011 [Nov. 22, 2011].
http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/swift/main/index.html
 
Other Resources
 
Arecibo Observatory. Nov. 7, 2011 [Nov. 22, 2011].
http://www.naic.edu/
 
IceCube Neutrino Detector. Oct. 25, 2011 [Nov. 22, 2011].
http://icecube.wisc.edu/
 
Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory. Jan. 26, 2011 [Nov. 22, 2011].
http://www.ligo.caltech.edu/
 
National Radio Astronomy Observatory. Nov. 17, 2011 [Nov. 22, 2011].
http://www.nrao.edu/
 
Pierre Auger Observatory. 2011 [Nov. 22, 2011].
http://www.auger.org/
 
Society of Amateur Radio Astronomers. 2011 [Nov. 23, 2011].
http://www.radio-astronomy.org/
 
Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory. The Submillimeter Array (SMA). Nov. 16, 2011 [Nov. 22, 2011].
http://www.cfa.harvard.edu/sma/index.html
 
VERITAS (Very Energetic Radiation Imaging Telescope Array System). Oct. 6, 2011 [Nov. 22, 2011].
http://veritas.sao.arizona.edu/

Last Updated: Nov. 2011