Remote Observatories for Amateur Astronomers Using High-Powered Telescopes from Home

Astronomy and Cosmology

Soji Shimada – Gli omicidi dello zodiaco
To Mars and Beyond, Fast!: How Plasma Propulsion Will Revolutionize Space Exploration (Springer Praxis Books) by Franklin Chang Díaz
Playing With Planets by Gerard ‘T Hooft
Dallo Sputnik ai giorni nostri. La scienza, la tecnica e l’utilizzo dei moderni satelliti artificiali by Carlo Di Leo
Gerald R. Hubbell, Richard J. Williams, Linda M. Billard – Remote Observatories for Amateur Astronomers: Using High-Powered Telescopes from Home

Soji Shimada – Gli omicidi dello zodiaco

Italian | 2017 | 336 pages | ASIN: B074HC13ZF | EPUB | 0,6 MB

Siamo in Giappone sul finire degli anni Trenta. Heikichi Umezawa, un uomo assai ricco, artista eccentrico, appassionato di astrologia e alchimia, una giovinezza trascorsa a Parigi, una vita all’insegna dell’occultismo, dell’estetismo e del lusso, viene ritrovato morto, il cranio sfondato da un oggetto appuntito, nel suo studio chiuso a chiave dall’interno. È mattina e ha nevicato per tutta la notte, non ci sono tracce e tutti i possibili sospetti hanno alibi di ferro. L’artista ha appena completato l’ultimo di una serie di dipinti di soggetto astrologico. Ma soprattutto, tra gli appunti di Umezawa, gli inquirenti scoprono un progetto assurdo e mostruoso: la creazione di Azoth, l’essere femminile perfetto, assemblando parti del corpo di due sue figlie, due figliastre e due nipoti. Ognuna di queste ragazze, tutte vergini comprese tra i diciotto e i venticinque anni, appartengono a segni astrologici diversi e ideali per formare la creatura che costituisce l’ispirazione e il sogno di ogni alchimista. Il fatto è che, poco tempo dopo la morte dell’artista pazzo, le sei ragazze Umezawa vengono effettivamente uccise e ritrovate, variamente smembrate, in luoghi diversi dell’arcipelago nipponico, ciascuno con una precisa valenza magica e simbolica. Chi ha ucciso Heikichi Umezawa? E chi ha messo in pratica il suo orrendo delirio? La Seconda guerra mondiale e la catastrofe del Giappone interrompono le indagini, ma trent’anni dopo un famoso maestro astrologo, appassionato di investigazioni, e il suo giovane assistente riprendono le fila di quel cupo enigma…

To Mars and Beyond, Fast!: How Plasma Propulsion Will Revolutionize Space Exploration (Springer Praxis Books) by Franklin Chang Díaz

English | 14 Jun. 2017 | ISBN: 3319229176 | 220 Pages | EPUB | 5.22 MB

As advanced in-space propulsion moves from science fiction to reality, the Variable Specific Impulse Magnetoplasma Rocket, or VASIMR engine, is a leading contender for making ‘Mars in a month’ a possibility. A paradigm shift in space transportation, this book is an in-depth and compelling story co-written by its inventor. It traces the riveting history of the development of the VASIMR engine. This landmark technology is grounded in concepts of advanced plasma physics. It cross-pollinates ideas and disciplines to offer a new, practical, and sustainable solution for in-space transportation beyond low Earth orbit in the decades to come. Invented by the co-holder of the world’s spaceflight record, astronaut Franklin Chang Díaz, the VASIMR engine is developed by Ad Astra Rocket Company in its Texas facilities with NASA as part of the NextSTEP VASIMR partnership. With adequate funding, the first spaceflight of the VASIMR engine is imminent. Plasma rockets feature exhaust velocities far above those achievable by conventional chemical rockets. The VASIMR engine is the most advanced high-power plasma propulsion system operating in the world today and it may place long, fast interplanetary journeys withinour reach in the near future.

Playing With Planets by Gerard ‘T Hooft

English | 4 Nov. 2008 | ISBN: 9812793070 | 152 Pages | PDF | 2.99 MB

If you think the future is a mystery, think again. With a solid foothold in realism, an extraordinary insight into scientific and technological developments, and a dry sense of humor, Nobel laureate Professor Gerard ‘t Hooft confidently dissects fact from fiction and shows us what our future might really hold. Professor ‘t Hooft takes the reader firmly by the hand and, within the boundaries of solid physics and proven laws of nature, takes us on a ride into the world of the future, which holds remarkable surprises for us all. “Do you dream of intergalaxy space travel, time warps, and mini-mes?” ‘t Hooft asks. “Then please, get yourself some more science fiction books, for fiction it is. But for those who are interested in the real world, let me tell you what we CAN expect for the future.” We meet robots with a sense of irony, ride elevators into space, and build floating cities; let us just say that Playing with Planets, which is translated from the original Dutch edition by Professor ‘t Hooft’s daughter Saskia, supports the old adage that truth is indeed stranger than fiction.

Dallo Sputnik ai giorni nostri. La scienza, la tecnica e l’utilizzo dei moderni satelliti artificiali by Carlo Di Leo

Italian | 1 Jan. 2011 | ISBN: 8875651035 | 20 pages | PDF | 1.7 MB

Gerald R. Hubbell, Richard J. Williams, Linda M. Billard – Remote Observatories for Amateur Astronomers: Using High-Powered Telescopes from Home

Published: 2015-10-24 | ISBN: 3319219057 | PDF | 235 pages | 11.86 MB

Amateur astronomers who want to enhance their capabilities to contribute to science need look no farther than this guide to using remote observatories. The contributors cover how to build your own remote observatory as well as the existing infrastructure of commercial networks of remote observatories that are available to the amateur. They provide specific advice on which programs to use based on your project objectives and offer practical project suggestions. Remotely controlled observatories have many advantages-the most obvious that the observer does not have to be physically present to carry out observations. Such an observatory can also be used more fully because its time can be scheduled and usefully shared among several astronomers working on different observing projects. More and more professional-level observatories are open to use by amateurs in this way via the Internet, and more advanced amateur astronomers can even build their own remote observatories for sharing among members of a society or interest group.