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Sharon E. Hunt
Librarian & Citation Analyst
Hours: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.

NOAO Library
950 N. Cherry Ave.
Tucson, AZ 85719
P.O. Box 26732
Tucson, AZ 85726
Hours: Open 24 hours/day

About the NOAO Library

The NOAO-Tucson Library is a research library that supports the work of NOAO and NSO staff members by facilitating access to information found in both electronic and paper sources.

The library maintains a collection of books, journals, atlases, observatory publications, and historical documents in astronomy, mathematics, physics, science, and technology to support the research activities of NOAO, NSO, and KPNO.

The library maintains a website with access to electronic journals, NOAO publications lists, and NOAO Library information, along with links to external reference sources.

Staff of Steward Observatory and LPL may also use the NOAO Library, although they should consult their institution's library first. The NOAO library is not open to the public.

The NOAO Library supports the mission of NOAO by
  • facilitating access to information in digital format through its webpages, with links to information sources, news items on astronomy, and electronic journals
  • handling journal subscriptions (print and electronic)
  • maintaining and circulating a physical collection of books and journals
  • locating and obtaining journal articles and books
  • answering reference queries to aid in research endeavors
  • offering public computers and printer
  • providing areas for quiet study and collaborative meetings
  • preserving the history of NOAO through its historical collections
  • compiling lists of publications by NOAO staff, observers using CTIO and KPNO data and facilities, and observers using NOAO-granted community-access time on non-NOAO telescopes

Page created 9/12/13; last update 10/10/14

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Week of October 10

Programs bring new life to Kitt Peak

The deadline to respond to your staff publications list (to be included in the annual report) is Monday, Oct. 13. Please see Sharon if you didn't receive your listing or need to make changes to it.

New Publications include
ASPC Vol. 487, "Resolving The Future Of Astronomy With Long-Baseline Interferometry": NOAO Sci. Staff Contributions: Jayadev Rajagopal, Steve Ridgway, and Ken Hinkle, "Near-IR Sizes of Circumbinary Disks," and Steve Ridgway, "A CHARA Array Long Baseline Interferometric Survey of Circumstellar Disks of Be Stars," "Dwarf Diameters," "AB Dor Moving-Group Stars Resolved with the CHARA Array," and "Perspective on Interferometry Facilities and Community Access"

The Variable Sky of Deep Synoptic Surveys by Steve Ridgway, Tom Matheson, Ken Mighell, Knut Olsen, and Steve Howell, accepted to ApJ

Lori Allen in Downes, J. J., et al. 2014, MNRAS, 444, 1793,"The low-mass star and sub-stellar populations of the 25 Orionis group"

Colette Salyk in Salyk, C., et al. 2014, ApJ, 792, 68, "ALMA Observations of the T Tauri Binary System AS 205: Evidence for Molecular Winds and/or Binary Interactions" and Stone, J. M. et al. 2014, ApJ, 792, 56, "Variable Accretion Processes in the Young Binary-star System UY Aur"

Jeyhan Kartaltepe in Trump, J.R., et al., "No More Active Galactic Nuclei in Clumpy Disks Than in Smooth Galaxies at z ~ 2 in CANDELS/3D-HST"

Ron Probst in Bally et al., "Out flows, Dusty Cores, and a Burst of Star Formation in the North America and Pelican Nebulae"--accepted by AJ

New books include
ASPC vol. 485, ADASS XXIII; Frank Valdes, Rob Gruendl and the DES Project have an article in this volume on the Dark Energy Survey Project and DECam.

Astrophysical Techniques, 6th ed.

Statistics, Data Mining, and Machine Learning in Astronomy: A Practical Python Guide for the Analysis of Survey Data

Article from International Dark-Sky Association on the recent Nobel Prize for Physics and lighting.

Week of September 29

I've sent out the staff publications lists to the scientific staff. Please look over these lists and send any changes and updates to me by Monday, October 13.

Week of September 22

New Publications:

Gautham Narayan in Foley, R.J., et al., 2014ApJ...792...29F, "Possible Detection of the Stellar Donor or Remnant for the Type Iax Supernova 2008ha"

Joan Najita in Brittain, S.D., et al., 2014ApJ...791..136B, NIR Spectroscopy of the HAeBe Star HD 100546. III. Further Evidence of an Orbiting Companion?"

Mark Everett in "Most Sub-Arcsecond Companions of Kepler Exoplanet Candidate Host Stars are Gravitationally Bound"i

Steve Ridgway, Tom Matheson, Ken Mighell, and Knut Olsen in The Variable Sky of Deep Synoptic Surveys"

Week of September 8

New Books:
IAU Symposium 304, "Multiwavelength AGN surveys and studies"
ASP Conference Series, 484, "Outstanding problems in heliophysics
Hard copies of books are in the library on display; electronic versions are available through the NOAO Library Subscription

I have the new LEGO women astronomer set in my office.

Recent Staff Publicatons:
Ken Hinkle in Lebzelter, T., et al., 2014A&A...567A.143L, "Abundance analysis for long-period variables. II. RGB and AGB stars in the globular cluster 47 Tucanae" and Hanae Inami in Stierwalt, S., et al. 2014ApJ...790..124S, "Mid-infrared Properties of Luminous Infrared Galaxies. II. Probing the Dust and Gas Physics of the GOALS Sample"

Recent Telescopes Publications: Tofflemire, B.M., et al. 2014, AJ, 148, 61, "WIYN Open Cluster Study. LIX. Radial-Velocity Membership of the Evolved Population of the Old Open Cluster NGC 6791"; WIYN 3.5m/Hydra

Week of August 25

The library has purchased a scanner, which is designed to scan both pages of open books at the same time (without damaging the spine) and large flat documents.

The library catalog will be down on Sunday, August 31, due to system maintenance by our vendor.

Gurton, S., Baldridge, A., Walker, C., Whyte, L., "Science for All Citizens: Many Ways to Make a Difference," ASP Conf. Series 483, p. 29

Distant Black Hole'ss Spin Clocked," Sky & Telescope includes image from WIYN 3.5m

Chuck Claver NOAO, Complex systems engineering for the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope

Week of August 18

The library is collecting pens, mechanical pencils, markers, highlighters and permanent markers for recycling. Instead of tossing these items in the trash when you're done with them, please bring them to the library and put them in the recycling box next to the public computer.

Recent NOAO Publications:
Deacon et al., Wide, Cool and Ultracool Companions to Nearby Stars from Pan-STARRS 1, KPNO 4m/Ritchey-Chretien Spectrograph, accepted to ApJ

Thompson et al., "WIYN Open Cluster Study LXII: Comparison of Isochrone Systems using Deep Multi-Band Photometry of M35"

Jorgensen, I."RXJ0848.6+4453: The Evolution of Galaxy Sizes and Stellar Populations in a z=1.27 Cluster," M. Bergmann (NOAO), co-author

Kinman, Tom (NOAO) and Warren Brown, "The Identification of RR Lyrae and Delta Scuti Stars from Variable GALEX Ultraviolet Sources"

O'Brien, T.P., et al. "Design of the KOSMOS oil-coupled spectrograph camera lenses," Gary Poczulp (NOAO), co-author

LSST Cadences Workshop summary, Thursday, August 14, Knut Olsen and Steve Ridgway and LSST Cadences Workshop summary, Friday, August 15, Knut Olsen

Week of August 4

Beginning in 2015, all SIAM journal subscriptions will be priced to the electronic version and print subscriptions will be available only as an optional add-on at cost.

The September 2013 issue of Astronomy magazine has an article about KPNO. I have a digital, searchable copy of this article if anyone is interested in reading in online. The print version is on the library journal display.

New books:

Annual Review of Earth & Planetary Sciences, vol. 42, 2014; electronic access

Starlight detectives: how astronomers, inventors, and eccentrics discovered the modern universe

Solar origins of space weather and space climate, edited by Irene Gonzalez Hernandez, Rudy Komm, John Leibacher, and Alexi Pevtsov; gift of NSO

Week of July 28

NOAO publication: Martini et al., "KOSMOS and COSMOS: New facility instruments for the NOAO 4-meter telescopes," SPIE 2014 Astronomical Telescopes + Instrumentation, Proc. SPIE 147-34; Sci. Staff: Elias, J.; Points, S.; Sprayberry, D.; Daly, P.; Fitzpatrick, M.; George, G.R.; Hunten, B.; Marshall, R.; Poczulp, G.; Rath, S.; Seaman, R.; Trueblood, M.; Zelaya, K.

Senate bill backs NSF's practices and calls for big funding boost

The 95th edition of the CRC Handbook of Chemistry & Physics is now available online.

"Estimates of the Continuously Publishing Core in the Scientific Workforce," - A new study (based on output of 15 million scientists) finds that very few scientists—fewer than 1%—manage to publish a paper every year. The number of scientists who repeatedly published more than one paper per year drops dramatically; Science news notes.

For the first time, the IAU is asking the public to name exoplanets. The NameExoWorlds will attempt to crowd-source official names for some of the exoplanets and announce the winning names in August 2015.

Week of July 21

The library has obtained an electronic subscription to the online version of Science magazine, which allows us access to the full text of articles from 1997 to the present and content not available in the print version. You can access the electronic subscription through the library electronic journals webpage.

Cora B. Marrett announced that she will resign her position as Deputy Director of the National Science Foundation (NSF) effective Aug. 24.

Stalking the Shadow Universe (cosmic web imager)

NASA is honoring Apollo 11 moonwalker Neil Armstrong by renaming the Operations and Checkout Building at the agency's Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

Recent Telescopes Publications

Recent arXiv Contributions

Week of July 14

New Books in Library: Thinking Like a Watershed, Stars and Their Spectra, Multi-spin Galaxies, ASPC 486, In Search of the True Universe: The Tools, Shaping, and Cost of Cosmological Thought

Darryl Willmarth has graciously provided some of his stunning photography to the library, and these photos of Kitt Peak are now gracing the library walls.

Lee, K. et al. "Observational Requirements for Lyα Forest Tomographic Mapping of Large-scale Structure at z ~ 2," Discusses the DESI Project, along with other spectrographs and telescopes for Lyα Tomography

"Planet Mercury a result of early hit-and-run collisions," ASU’s Erik Asphaug and Andreas Reufer of the University of Bern

July 20 is the anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing; Buzz Aldrin launches social media campaign to mark anniversary

New Horizons Only One Year from Pluto, and Mark Your Calendars: In A Year, We'll Arrive At Pluto

New open-access journal: Frontiers in Astronomy and Space Science

"VLT clears up dusty mystery: New observations reveal how stardust forms around a supernova," ESO

Recent articles from NOAO/CTIO research:

Gould et al., "A terrestrial planet in a ~1-AU orbit around one member of a ~5-AU binary, Science, 345, p. 46 Includes observations at CTIO-SMARTS
Lauer, Tod R. ; Postman, Marc ; Strauss, Michael A. ; Graves, Genevieve J. ; Chisari, Nora E., "Brightest Cluster Galaxies at the Present Epoch"
Veljanoski, J. et al., Babul, A. 2014, MNRAS, 442, 2929, "The Outer Halo Globular Cluster System of M31 - II. Kinematics," KPNO 4m
Mao, Y. et al., "Characterizing Ultraviolet and Infrared Observational Properties for Galaxies. II. Features of Attenuation Law," KPNO 2.1m
Recent submissions on KPNO/CTIO

Week of July 7

New Books: ASP Conference Series, vol. 486, Multi-spin Galaxies

Martin Harwit, In Search of the True Universe: The Tools, Shaping, and Cost of Cosmological Thought, Cambridge

July 2014 issue of GeminiFocus is posted online

Discovery Expands Search for Earthlike Planets: Newly spotted frozen world orbits in a binary star system, Andrew Gould, Ohio State University

Astronomy Photographer of the Year Shortlist, 2014

Getting the jump on big data for LSST: Efforts are already underway to ensure that the data the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope collects will be ready to be mined for scientific gold

A Stellar Birthplace Shaped and Destroyed by Energetic Offspring, ESO

Small, but plentiful: how the faintest galaxies illuminated the early universe, Royal Astronomical Society

Stop Interrupting Me: Gender, Conversation Dominance, and Listener Bias, and Are Review Panel Discussions Gendered? The View from Sweden," Women in Astronomy blog

Week of June 23

When AJ, ApJ, ApJL, and ApJS go to an electronic-only format in 2015, there will no longer be author charges for color figures.

Lego will release a new set in August, featuring a woman astronomer.

Groundbreaking ceremony for the E-ELT

Spitzer Spies an Odd, Tiny Asteroid

NASA's Hubble Finds Dwarf Galaxies Formed More Than Their Fair Share of Universe's Stars

The National Science Foundation (NSF) released a toolkit that includes videos, infographics, fact sheets and brochures that describe NSF investments in fundamental research and their contributions to science and engineering in the U.S.

Kaplan, D.L. et al. 2014ApJ...789..119K, "A 1.05 M Companion to PSR J2222–0137: The Coolest Known White Dwarf?"; SOAR/Goodman

Data by Design: Snapshot of NSF's Programs, Processes, Funding & Impact (PowerPoint presentation includes mention of Kitt Peak (on map of Major NSF Research Installations) and CTIO (in list of "NSF GLobal Presence")

BICEP2 News:
Astronomers Hedge on Big Bang Detection Claim
Detection of B-Mode Polarization at Degree Angular Scales by BICEP2
"Focus: Theorists Weigh in on BICEP2," APS

Week of June 16

"Cracks in Pluto's Moon [Charon] Could Indicate it Once Had an Underground Ocean," NASA

"Mining Data Archives Yields Haul of "Red Nuggets," Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics -- By mining archives, I. Damjanov has found a treasure trove of "red nugget" galaxies

"Herschel Space Observatory is key to discovery of spectacular gravitational lens," NOVA, Amsterdam -- researchers used a combination of results from Herschel and from ground-based optical telescopes, Haas et al. article in arXiv, accepted for publication in ApJ (Note: NOAO's Mark Dickinson is cited in the text.)

"NASA Hubble to Begin Search Beyond Pluto for a New Horizons Mission Target," NASA; Nature news blog

The current issue of Nature includes a special section on "Stars of South American Science," which includes discussion of Chile's astronomical presence.

Week of June 9

New Books:

Tohono O'odham/Pima to English, English to Tohono O'odham/Pima Dictionary

IAU Proc., 293, Formation, detection, and characterization of extrasolar habitable planets

IAU Proc., 301, Precision asteroseismology

Astronomical Data Analysis Softward and Systems XXIII, ASP Conference Series vol. 485; includes article by NOAO's Frank Valdes on DECam (online available; physical copy not yet received in library)

IOP Publishing is moving The Astronomical Journal (AJ), The Astrophysical Journal (ApJ), The Astrophysical Journal Letters (ApJL) and The Astrophysical Journal Supplement Series (ApJS) to an electronic-only format.

First Light for SPHERE Exoplanet Imager: Revolutionary new VLT instrument installed

New Suspect Identified in Supernova Explosion," JPL

Two planets orbit nearby ancient star, Carnegie Institute for Science

"ALMA Upgrade to Supercharge Event Horizon Telescope, Astronomy's 'Killer App,'" NRAO

Week of June 2

Astronomer Trevor Weekes passed away on May 26, 2014. "Weekes dubbed 'father' of his astronomical field"; 'Visionary' Trevor Weekes, pioneer of gamma-ray detection, dies at 74

New Books: Organizations, People and Strategies in Astronomy, edited by A. Heck, vols. 1 and 2 (gift of Dave Silva)

NASA to test giant Mars parachute on Earth

Recent NOAO Telescope Publications

Recent NOAO Staff Publications

Recent arXIV Contributions

AAS Meeting Abstracts

120.26, Reconnaissance of Stars within Twenty-Five Parsecs: Red Dwarfs Rule the Galaxy, Jao et al., CTIO 0.9-m telescope

121.07, Dick Shaw, Observations Of Planetary Nebula NGC 3242 Using STIS From HST19 GO 12600; 121.09, Dick Shaw, First Results from HST19 GO12600: CNO Abundances in Seven Milky Way Planetary Nebulae; 121.15, Lori Allen, Dick Joyce, and Tom Matheson, SweetSpot Data Release 1: 70 Type Ia Supernovae in the Near Infrared in the Nearby Hubble Flow

122.17, Chuck Claver, Optical All-Sky Camera for the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope; 122.20, Nicole van der Bliek, Photometry and Spectroscopy with the SMARTS Consortium Telescopes

151.01D, Gautham Narayan, Light Curves of Type Ia Supernovae and Cosmological Constraints from the ESSENCE Survey

206.08, Janine Pforr, Massive galaxies at z~1-6 from the Spitzer-SERVS plus VISTA-VIDEO surveys

215.03, Lori Allen, Diagnosing the Star Formation Rate in Massive Galactic Star Forming Regions

219.16, Constraining the Mass-Radius Relationship in White Dwarfs Using Gravitational Redshifts, first results from Oswalt et al., KPNO 4-m and SOAR 4.1-m telescopes; 219.18, A Glimpse of Optically Variable Galactic Bulge X-ray Sources: A Comparison of Mosaic-II and DECam Photometry, Hynes et al., CTIO 4-m telescope

220.12, Lori Allen, A Herschel-SPIRE Survey of the MonR2 Giant Molecular Cloud

223.03, Nicole van der Bliek, Multiplicity study of Herbig Ae/Be stars

316.05, Connie Walker and Steve Pompea, Astronomy in the International Year of Light 2015

319.01, Roberto de Propris, The Blanco DECam Bulge Survey (BDBS): Current status and progress, Clarkson et al.; 319.04 - Abi Saha, Tom Matheson, Establishing a Network of Next Generation SED Standards with DA White Dwarfs

322.04, Myron Smith, gPhoton: A Time-Tagged Database of Every GALEX Photon and Early Science Results; 322.07, Mark Everett and Dave Silva, Characterization of Small Exoplanet Solar-like Host Stars in the Kepler Field

405.07, The SPT-GMOS Spectroscopic Survey of Galaxy Clusters Identified By the South Pole Telescope, Bayliss et al., NOAO Survey Program

410.03, Using Long-term Optical-Infrared Color Variability to Probe the Disk-Jet Connection in Blazars, Bailyn et al. SMARTS 1.3-m telescope

Dark Energy Debates

The BICEP2 Dust-Up Continues

Week of May 26

Publication metrics added to website

"Failed dwarf galaxy survives galactic collision thanks to full dark-matter jacket," NRAO

"First LSST Observing Cadenc es Workshop, August 11-14, 2014, Phoenix, AZ"

"Pluto-bound probe faces crisis: NASA scientists scramble to find an object in the outer Solar System's Kuiper belt in time for a close-up visit," Nature, May 22, p. 407-8.

New Books (on display)

A Kepler's Dozen, edited by Steve Howell; Doug Williams and Steve stories. Book Description from NASA Kepler News and from

Structure and Dynamics of Disk Galaxies, ASP Conference Series, vol. 480

Science from Sight to Insight: How Scientists Illustrate Meaning

Sharing the Desert: The Tohono O'odham in History

Week of May 19

The NOAO publications lists are now online and are updated weekly:

I've started a webpage listing arXiv contributions relating to our staff and telescopes.

Dennis Crabtree, Director/Manager, Optical Astronomy Program (acting), National Science Infrastructure, National Research Council Canada, has created metrics for publications using telescope data: Observatory Publications, 2008-2014, April 2014 update

State expenditures on student aid per full-time undergraduate student, from the National Science Board's 2014 State Data Tool, puts AZ spending in the 4th quartile ($16-$223).

New Electronic Books: 6th Meeting on Hot Subdwarf Stars and Related Objects, ASP Conference Series, vol. 481. Conference held in Tucson May 2013.

Magnetar Formation Mystery Solved? ESO

"NASA's Chandra Observatory Delivers New Insight Into Formation of Star Clusters,"

"The shrinking of Jupiter’s Great Red Spot," ESA/Hubble

Week of May 12

I've established online publication lists for articles written by NOAO Scientific Staff and for articles written by observers using data from our telescopes. These lists will be updated weekly.

New Books:
Structure and dynamics of disk galaxies, ASP Conference Series vol. 480; physical copy is in New Books section of library. NOAO's Robert Swaters contributed to "The Stability of Galaxy Disks," by Westfall et al., p. 93

ASP Conference series vol. 481 is now available online, "6th Meeting on Hot Subdwarf Stars and Related Objects." The physical copy has not yet been received in library.

"Nearest Bright 'Hypervelocity Star' Found," University of Utah team

"NASA's Chandra Observatory Delivers New Insight Into Formation of Star Clusters"

"Astronomers Create First Realistic Virtual Universe"; an article appears in the May 8 Nature magazine, p. 170

"Scientists to map universe in 3-D HD: The Dark Energy Spectroscopic Instrument will create the clearest three-dimensional map yet of one-third of the sky"

Swirly dusty universe is preview of big bang wave map," New Scientist

"Astronomers Find Sun’s ‘Long-Lost Brother,’ Pave Way for Family Reunion" link to Preprint

Week of May 5

"Hubble Astronomers Check the Prescription of a Cosmic Lens"

"Cassini Spies the Ice-Giant Planet Uranus," NASA

"Entire Star Cluster Thrown Out of its Galaxy," Galaxy M87 has thrown cluster HVGC-1; this research, which used the MMT Telescope, will be published in Astrophysical Journal Letters

The Eta Aquarid Meteor Shower, May 6.

International Astronomy Day is May 10: Astronomy Day Resources, RASC

In honor of the recent Cosmos episode highlighting women astronomers, here's a video of Vera Rubin's commencement address at the American University; and a tribute to Vera on the NOAO website.

On May 5, 1961, Alan Shepherd became the first American in space.

"Fast spin of the young extrasolar planet Beta Pictoris b by Snellen et al., Nature, May 1, p. 63--online reference and abstract; full text in library. Travis Barman of LPL has written a companion article on p. 41.

The Second Annual GMT Community Science Meeting, "Transient Phenomena in Astronomy and Astrophysics," will be held Oct. 6-8, 2014, at the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian. NOAO's Tom Matheson is on the organizing committee.

Week of April 28

Physical copies of the NOAO Quarterly Scientific Report (2) FY 2014 are available in the library on the display rack and in the NOAO History section.

"The end of the beginning," New Scientist, April 26, p. 32, discusses the big bang breakthrough.

""The nature of scientific proof in the age of simulations," American Scientist, May/June 2014, p. 174, discusses the use of simulations, empiricism, and rationalism in astronomy and astrophysics.

"Astronomical Forensics Uncover Planetary Disks in Hubble Archive," STSci

The 2014 USA Science & Engineering Festival, held in Washington, DC, April 25-27, included an exhibit involving NOAO: Light in Action! Painting With Polarized Light (National Optical Astronomy Observatory, NOAO)--"Learn about the curious properties of polarized light, including how it produces a wide array of beautiful colors used in everything from 3-D movies to art. Then use it to contribute to a community art project."

The Department of Astronomy at USC has received a $1 million gift from Julie Packard for the Lamat Program, which brings students from California community colleges to USC to work with faculty and graduate students on computational astrophysics projects.

"Bouncing neutrons probe dark energy on a table-top," Nature magazine

How nanoexplosives could help solve one of the biggest mysteries of astrophysics," MIT Technology Review

NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) and Spitzer Space Telescope have discovered what appears to be the coldest "brown dwarf" known

White dwarf acts as cosmic magnifying glass," Scientific American

John Kovac of the Harvard-­Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics has been included in Time magazine's List of 100 Most Influential people.

"Astronomy Board Games, 1661 & 1804"

NASA Cassini images may reveal birth of a Saturn moon," JPL

The Long-Baseline Neutrino Experiment (LBNE) collaboration has released its comprehensive 300-page document on the science program planned for Fermilab's flagship experiment.