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Websites, Books, Other Resources

Websites, Books and Other Resources

History of the Telescope

Telescopes from the Ground Up

Piercing the Sky

The First Telescopes

National Parks Service: Historic Observatories

History of the Telescope book coverThe History of the Telescope, by Henry C. King, 2003

The Telescope: Its History, Technology, and Future, by Geoff Andersen, 2007

Stargazer: The Life and Times of the Telescope, by Fred Watson, 2005

Seeing and Believing: How the Telescope Opened Our Eyes and Minds to the Heavens, by Richard Panek, 1999


The Galileo Project

Nova: Galileo’s Battle for the Heavens

Galileo Galilei (1564-1642)

Galileo Galilei

book cover of Galileo’s New UniverseGalileo Galilei: Institute and Museum of the History of Science

Siderius Nuncius, by Galileo

Galileo’s New Universe: The Revolution in Our Understanding of the Cosmos, by Stephen P. Maran and Laurence A. Marschall, 2009 (Excerpted in StarDate magazine, May/June 2009)

The Earth Moves: Galileo and the Roman Inquisition, by Dan Hofstadter, 2009

Hubble Space Telescope

book cover of Hubble: Imaging Space and TimeHubble Space Telescope

The Universe in a Mirror: The Saga of the Hubble Space Telescope and the Visionaries Who Built It, by Robert Zimmerman, 2008
(Excerpted in StarDate magazine, May/June 2009)

Hubble: Imaging Space and Time, by David Devorkin and Robert Smith, 2007

Extrasolar Planets

The Extrasolar Planets Encyclopaedia

California & Carnegie Planets Search

The Planet Project


book cover of Infinite WorldsInfinite Worlds: An Illustrated Voyage to Planets beyond Our Sun, by Ray Villard and Lynette R. Cook, 2007

The Quest For Alien Planets: Exploring Worlds Outside The Solar System, by Paul Halpern, 2003

Fritz Benedict's Research

Fritz Benedict’s Homepage

What Are Astronomers Doing?

University of Texas Astronomers Confirm Planets Form from Disks Around Stars

McDonald Observatory Planet Search finds first planet orbiting close-in binary star

The Crowded Universe: The Search for Living Planets, by Alan Boss, 2009.
This book covers the history of searches for extrasolar planets and explains plans for future missions. It includes information on Gamma Cephei and some of the work of Fritz Benedict and his colleagues.