Space Talk at the Library

Local astronomer Frank Hitchens is coming back to the library this month with a presentation in honour of the 50th Anniversary of the moon landing.

Join us on Saturday, July 20th, at 3pm….the exact time and date of the first moon landing…for an amazing talk about the mission, its astronauts, and more.

This event is free, and open to the general public, with no registration needed. Light refreshments will be served, so plan on a fun and interesting afternoon about space flight!

What Do the Planets Look Like Together?

This video by @physicsJ animates NASA images of all eight planets in our Solar System to show them spinning side-by-side for an easy comparison. In the time-lapse video, a day on Earth — one Earth rotation — takes just a few seconds.

Click anywhere on the video above to see the planets in action!  It’s fascinating!

Eye in the Sky

If you’ve been to any of our space talks with local astronomer Frank Hitchens, you’ll be excited to know he’s visiting us with a new one!

Join us on Monday, October 29 at 6:30pm for “EYE IN THE SKY: THE HISTORY AND FUTURE OF THE HUBBLE SPACE TELESCOPE”. It will be an interesting discussion about one of the most productive scientific instruments ever built.

Please call to register for this event at 613-257-2702. Spaces are limited!

ARTEMIS

I remember reading Andy Weir’s THE MARTIAN about a year before everyone started talking about it, and I was so excited about this book! Not only was it set on Mars, but it was sci-fi without all the aliens. What could be better than an astronaut book? I loved the way Weir incorporated great science into this book, and eventually, it made it’s way into the spotlight. (If you haven’t seen the movie, read the book instead. It’s WAY better!)

So, I’m not alone in saying where is the next book? Apparently, we won’t have to wait much longer. ARTEMIS is set to be released in November of this year, and it’s being lauded as a crime novel set on the moon, because, of course.

If you’re a library patron, start watching that catalog and get ready to place a hold. This one is going to be a heavy-holds book, I’m predicting!

Can Neil deGrasse Tyson do any wrong?

If you know anything about the Universe, you probably learned some of it from Neil deGrasse Tyson. It’s hard to search for any information online and not find one of his books or videos there to help explain. His style is always so smooth and easy to understand, and if more of school had been taught this way, we might have had billions of kids dying to get into the sciences.

In his latest book, ASTROPHYSICS FOR PEOPLE IN A HURRY, Tyson promises to provide a basic understanding of an incredibly huge topic. And he’ll probably make it interesting, too!

If you know someone who is interested in the Universe, you might want to pick this one up as a gift. It released this week on May 2, 2017.

Apollo 8

A book making some buzz for May is APOLLO 8 : THE THRILLING STORY OF THE FIRST MISSION TO THE MOON by Jeffrey Kluger. While we are probably all familiar with the terrifying story of Apollo 13, the very first mission to the moon has not been well documented. In fact, Kluger claims this is the first telling of the mission in its entirety. No wonder so many people are talking about it!

The space race was something that heated up toward the end of the 1960’s, with both the United States, and Russia trying to be the first to get a manned mission to the moon. While many thought President Kennedy’s promise to have a US mission to the moon by the end of the decade was too lofty, NASA was pushing ahead, despite enormous technical and logistical issues (only one year before the Apollo 8 mission, three astronauts died in a tragic fire on the launch pad). But they managed to beat all the odds, and the first mission went off with minimal problems, although they did not land directly on the moon.

Author Jeffrey Kluger was Jim Lovell’s co-author on the Apollo 13 book that told the story of their harrowing mission, and this book promises to be just as riveting. It will take readers from Mission Control, into the homes of the astronauts,  from the test labs, and to the launch pad. While you might know some of the details of this exciting mission, Kluger promises to keep you on the edge of your seat.

APOLLO 8 releases on May 16, 2017.

Space.

Most of us would agree that work can sometimes feel like it lasts longer than a regular 5-day week. But what if you couldn’t leave work? NASA astronaut Scott Kelly spent 340 days orbiting in space, the longest an American astronaut has ever spent in space. In his book coming out in October, ENDURANCE, he reveals that it was not one big discovery that was the focus of his work, but all of the planned projects that he performed over those 340 days.

But one of the most fascinating projects will probably take years to analyze: the genetic differences that will appear between Kelly, and his twin brother Mark, who remained on Earth. While initial studies prove some interesting things, it will probably be years before the full extent of the data is understood. You can read a short excerpt from the book right here.

The excerpt puts you into the mindset of someone who is totally focused on his work, and not only enjoys it, but has learned how to better live on our planet now that he’s back home.

What do you think—would you enjoy living in space for that long?