Author: Francis Graham-SmithPublish On: 2016-06-23
This book traces the development of telescopes from Galileo to the present day, and explains the basic principles of telescopes that operate in different parts of electromagnetic spectrum.
Author: Francis Graham-Smith
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Four centuries ago, Galileo first turned a telescope to look up at the night sky. His discoveries opened the cosmos, revealing the geometry and dynamics of the solar system. Today's telescopic equipment, stretching over the whole spectrum from visible light to radio and millimetre astronomy, through infrared to ultraviolet, X-rays and gamma rays, has again transformed our understanding of the whole Universe. In this book Francis Graham-Smith explains how this technology can be engaged to give us a more in-depth picture of the nature of the universe. Looking at both ground-based telescopes and telescopes on spacecraft, he analyses their major discoveries, from planets and pulsars to cosmology. Large research teams and massive data handling are necessary, but the excitement of discovery is increasingly shared by a growing public, who can even join in some of the analysis by remote computer techniques. Observational astronomy has become international. All major projects are now partnerships; most notably the Square Kilometre Array, which will involve astronomers from over 100 countries and will physically exist in several of them. Covering the history and development of telescopes from Galileo to the present day, Eyes on the Sky traces what happens when humankind looks up.
Author: Arthur Holland MichelPublish On: 2019-06-18
While it may well solve serious crimes and even help ease the traffic along your morning commute, it could also enable far more sinister and dangerous intrusions into our lives. This is closed-circuit television on steroids.
Author: Arthur Holland Michel
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Category: Technology & Engineering
The fascinating history and unnerving future of high-tech aerial surveillance, from its secret military origins to its growing use on American citizens Eyes in the Sky is the authoritative account of how the Pentagon secretly developed a godlike surveillance system for monitoring America's enemies overseas, and how it is now being used to watch us in our own backyards. Whereas a regular aerial camera can only capture a small patch of ground at any given time, this system—and its most powerful iteration, Gorgon Stare—allow operators to track thousands of moving targets at once, both forwards and backwards in time, across whole city-sized areas. When fused with big-data analysis techniques, this network can be used to watch everything simultaneously, and perhaps even predict attacks before they happen. In battle, Gorgon Stare and other systems like it have saved countless lives, but when this technology is deployed over American cities—as it already has been, extensively and largely in secret—it has the potential to become the most nightmarishly powerful visual surveillance system ever built. While it may well solve serious crimes and even help ease the traffic along your morning commute, it could also enable far more sinister and dangerous intrusions into our lives. This is closed-circuit television on steroids. Facebook in the heavens. Drawing on extensive access within the Pentagon and in the companies and government labs that developed these devices, Eyes in the Sky reveals how a top-secret team of mad scientists brought Gorgon Stare into existence, how it has come to pose an unprecedented threat to our privacy and freedom, and how we might still capitalize on its great promise while avoiding its many perils.
This previously untold story of the secret Cold War espionage program makes full use of the author’s own firsthand knowledge and of the information gained from interviews with important participants.
Author: Dino Brugioni
Publisher: Naval Institute Press
Dino A. Brugioni, author of the best-selling account of the Cuban Missile crisis, Eyeball to Eyeball, draws on his long CIA career as one of the world's premier experts on aerial reconnaissance to provide the inside story of President Dwight D. Eisenhower’s efforts to use spy planes and satellites to gather military intelligence. He reveals Eisenhower to be a hands-on president who, contrary to popular belief, took an active role in assuring that the latest technology was used to gather aerial intelligence. This previously untold story of the secret Cold War espionage program makes full use of the author’s own firsthand knowledge and of the information gained from interviews with important participants. As a founder and senior officer of the CIA’s National Photographic Interpretation Center, Brugioni was a key player in keeping Eisenhower informed of all developments, and he sheds new light on the president’s contributions toward building an effective and technologically advanced aerial reconnaissance organization. Eyes in the Sky provides details of the president’s backing of the U-2’s development and its use to dispel the bomber gap, to provide data on Soviet missile and nuclear efforts and to deal with crises in the Suez, Lebanon, Chinese Off Shore Islands, Tibet, Indonesia, East Germany, and elsewhere. Brugioni offers new information about Eisenhower’s order of U-2 flights over Malta, Cyprus, Toulon, and Israel and subsequent warnings to the British, French, and Israelis that the U.S. would not support an invasion of Egypt. He notes that the president also backed the development of the CORONA photographic satellite, which eventually proved the missile gap with the Soviet Union didn't exist, and a variety of other satellite systems that detected and monitored problems around the world.
Stone will help you be our eyes in the sky.” She blinked. “I would prefer you use
another phrase. Eyes in the sky was my code word for watcher bots scanning an
area when I did the broadcasts. I don't want to be eyes in the sky.” Stone picked ...
Author: Viola Grace
Publisher: Devine Destinies
Riasa has been working with the resistance to warn talents of the scanning bots flying overhead on schedules. The warning of eyes in the sky saved lives and families. Rescued before she could be caught, Riasa begins life at Citadel Teklan, but she knows something is very wrong. Confronting her suspicions, she calls in help and destroys the only home she has been offered before getting assigned to a flyer with wings of stone. Natu was disgruntled to be picking up a farmerês daughter on Resicor, but once he met Riasa and saw her talent in action, he had to admit that he had been in the right place at the right time.
Edwin Hubble discovered a star that changed brightness with clocklike precision
in the Andromeda Nebula, one of the largest spirals in the sky. Such behaviour
was well known from similar stars in our own Milky Way, whose true luminosities
Author: Govert Schilling
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
Adopted as the official book of the International Year of Astronomy (IYA) 2009, this stunningly illustrated history of telescopic discovery spans the range from the first telescopes via the Hubble Space Telescope to next generation platforms, and how they have changed and continue to change our view of the universe, our place in it and where it all came from. EYES ON THE SKIES features numerous full-page photographs and is printed in high-quality color throughout. Also includes the official IYA DVD with 59 minutes of narrated text, expert comments and interviews, animations, computer simulations, science results, plus footage from observatories.
They put him in a hole but he got up afterwards and went up into the sky with God
. At the end of the story it's real late, but I feel like I just got out of bed. My head's
ticking away and me hands are all tingly. All the red eyes of the rabbits out near ...
Author: Tim Winton
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
A tale about a boy’s vision of the world beyond, and the blurry distinctions between the natural and supernatural. At twelve years old, Morton – Ort for short – is not quite a child, but not yet an adult; his isolated outback world is an intriguing combination of boyish innocence, adolescent confusion and burgeoning awareness. When his father is seriously injured in a car crash, however, that world is suddenly thrown into complete disarray and the whole family have to adjust. As Ort, his sister, mother and grandmother are struggling to come to terms with what has happened, a stranger appears in their midst. Preaching God’s word, Henry Warburton’s unexpected arrival seems eerily prescient, at a time when the family most need a helping hand, and Henry quickly makes himself indispensable. In fact, for Ort in particular, it is Henry’s presence, perhaps more even than his father’s accident, that brings the greatest change to his world. ‘Towards the end of the novel Ort prays for a miracle: “Funny when you talk to God. He’s like the sky . . . Never says anything. But you know he listens.” Though God hasn’t answered Ort yet, Mr. Winton convinces us he might’ New York Times ‘The great strength of the novel is in the way the grotesque contrasts and parallels in human life are spread out, examined and accepted’ Los Angeles Times
He stares at that one wall left of the barn with empty eyes. The sky is so quiet now
it's hard to believe what has happened. How can something vanish so quickly
and leave so much brokenness behind? “Alex, please just know that—” “Shh!” He
Author: Kate Messner
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA
Category: Juvenile Fiction
In the not-too-distant future, huge tornadoes and monster storms have become a part of everyday life. Sent to spend the summer in the heart of storm country with her meteorological engineer father, Jaden Meggs is surprised at the strides her father's company StormSafe, has made with custom shelters that keep her family safe in even the worst of storms. At her exclusive summer science camp, Eye On Tomorrow, Jaden meets Alex, a boy whose passion for science matches hers. Together, they discover that her father's company is steering storms away from the expensive neighborhoods and toward the organic farming communities that are in competition with his bio-engineered food company, NatureMade. Jaden must confront her father, but when she does, she uncovers a terrifying family secret and must call on both her scientific knowledge and her faith to save the people she loves most from one of her father's monster storms.
she cried out, rubbing the dirt out of her eyes. The wind stopped just as abruptly
as it had started, and the leaves and the pebbles came falling down. She looked
up into the sky to see what had caused the wind and found herself looking ...
Author: Sheeza Iqbal
Publisher: Balboa Press
The Sky Realm is where her rightful home is. Aaliyah, an everyday teenager on Earth, she has been led to believe that she is nothing more than an ordinary village healer. After a cruel attack on her grandmother, Aaliyah discovers not only that she is an Ultimate, who can reign over the four elements, but also that the people around her are not who she thought they were. Now, Aaliyah must do everything in her yet-to-emerge powers to defeat an evil force and salvage her home. Her journey of a thousand miles starts with a spark and consumes her as she strives for justice, love and power.
... holding the eyes half shut . in view , but upon the least motion of They are also
seen , although faintly , by the eye they quit the place they had directing the eyes to the sky in strong fallea to by their weight , and are again sunshine , and lifting ...
The little girl closed her eyes and tried to think of that point where the sky meets
the sea. But as soon as she closed her eyes she saw the little boy not moving
again. The little girl started walking about looking for someone but there were
Author: Dalia Taha
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Category: Performing Arts
There's no-one in the streets but us. You run that way and I'll run this way. Whoever gets back to the front door first without getting shot, wins. In a Palestinian town eleven-year-old Lubna and twelve-year-old Khalil are playing on the empty stairwell in their apartment block. As the siege intensifies outside, fear for their safety becomes as crippling as the conflict itself. Dalia Taha's play offers a new way of seeing how war fractures childhood. Fireworks (Al'ab Nariya) is part of International Playwrights: A Genesis Foundation Project and received its world premiere at the Royal Court Theatre, London, on 12 February 2015.
invading my eyes the shadow appeared to be large and oval. ... The image
before me was fuzzy but I could see outlines of the eyes and a nose but not the
mouth. ... Outside, the lightning illuminated the sky and water pounded my
Author: Elle Klass
Publisher: Books by Elle
It’s a normal day for Sunshine as she takes the seat at her desk as receptionist at the Lyden Times until the tragedy of a young nameless woman floods the newsroom. Her head and body covered in bloody gashes and fresh bruises. Sunshine forms an immediate interest and digs into her life. After learning her identity, Eilida, she pokes around her hometown where she is mistaken for Eilida. Soon Sunshine’s world crashes. Everything she loved begins to fade. She trades in her skirts and heels for jeans and sneakers. A ghost avails itself to her and a man with eyes dark as coal stalks her dreams and waking nightmares. Her fiancé worries as he can’t wrap his mind around her transformation yet refuses to let go. Time ticks down as their wedding date approaches on the anniversary of a day that changed Eilida’s life forever…
It is not surprising that the debate over whether we must learn to see with our eyes arose at the very time that natural philosophers ... Leeuwenhoek's
microscopes, with their single lenses held up to the sky “like a telescope,”
suffered the same ...
Author: Laura J. Snyder
Publisher: Head of Zeus
Category: Biography & Autobiography
By the early 17th century the Scientific Revolution was well under way. Philosophers and scientists were throwing off the yoke of ancient authority to peer at nature and the cosmos through microscopes and telescopes. In October 1632, in the small town of Delft in the Dutch Republic, two geniuses were born who would bring about a seismic shift in the idea of what it meant to see the world. One was Johannes Vermeer, whose experiments with lenses and a camera obscura taught him how we see under different conditions of light and helped him create the most luminous works of art ever beheld. The other was Antoni van Leeuwenhoek, whose work with microscopes revealed a previously unimagined realm of minuscule creatures. By intertwining the biographies of these two men, Laura Snyder tells the story of a historical moment in both art and science that revolutionized how we see the world today.
Frank rolled his eyes and looked up at the sky, seeing the amusement in Trent's eye. The cop told Frank to lie face down on the ground, produced his notepad,
and asked, “What kind of dog was it?” Trenthesitated. He hadn't thought that far.
Author: M.L. Flaniken
Publisher: Xlibris Corporation
Perfect: Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but what if the eyes you behold are found in the DARK PLACE BEHIND THE EYES? The Studio: An embittered woman will have to share her studio apartment with a resident from the DARK PLACE BEHIND THE EYES. Commuter Chick: A daily commute to work leads to a hellish ride into the DARK PLACE BEHIND THE EYES. 20/20: Prescription glasses help millions of people see better. However, for one man, a pair of glasses will help him see what lurks in the DARK PLACE BEHIND THE EYES. Spare Change: The drop of a few coins in a strangers palm could send your soul to the DARK PLACE BEHIND THE EYES.
Watcher of the Skies David Wootton ... Then between August and November
1618, three comets appeared in the sky. All three were visible to the naked eye,
the last to appear being 'of such brightness that all eyes and minds were
Author: David Wootton
Publisher: Yale University Press
Category: Biography & Autobiography
“Demonstrates an awesome command of the vast Galileo literature . . . [Wootton] excels in boldly speculating about Galileo’s motives” (The New York Times Book Review). Tackling Galileo as astronomer, engineer, and author, David Wootton places him at the center of Renaissance culture. He traces Galileo through his early rebellious years; the beginnings of his scientific career constructing a “new physics”; his move to Florence seeking money, status, and greater freedom to attack intellectual orthodoxies; his trial for heresy and narrow escape from torture; and his house arrest and physical (though not intellectual) decline. Wootton also reveals much that is new—from Galileo’s premature Copernicanism to a previously unrecognized illegitimate daughter—and, controversially, rejects the long-established belief that Galileo was a good Catholic. Absolutely central to Galileo’s significance—and to science more broadly—is the telescope, the potential of which Galileo was the first to grasp. Wootton makes clear that it totally revolutionized and galvanized scientific endeavor to discover new and previously unimagined facts. Drawing extensively on Galileo’s voluminous letters, many of which were self-censored and sly, this is an original, arresting, and highly readable biography of a difficult, remarkable Renaissance genius. Selected as a Choice Outstanding Academic Title in the Astronautics and Astronomy Category “Fascinating reading . . . With this highly adventurous portrayal of Galileo’s inner world, Wootton assures himself a high rank among the most radical recent Galileo interpreters . . . Undoubtedly Wootton makes an important contribution to Galileo scholarship.” —America magazine “Wootton’s biography . . . is engagingly written and offers fresh insights into Galileo’s intellectual development.” —Standpoint magazine
Author: Valerio Massimo ManfrediPublish On: 2010-12-03
He turned his eyes to the sky, thinking that the moon had emerged from behind a
bank of clouds, but he saw nothing. The light was emanating from the bottom of
the pool. The surface of the water arched again, becoming a dark globe which ...
Author: Valerio Massimo Manfredi
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
A castaway tossed onto a deserted beach is the last survivor of a world that no longer exists. He has a terrible, fascinating story to tell - the true reason for which the Trojan War was fought ... The protagonist of this tale is Diomedes, the last of the great ancient Greek Homeric heroes, who seeks to return to his beloved homeland after years of war against Troy. But destiny has other plans for him. Betrayed by his wife, who plots to murder him and persecuted by hostile gods, he has no choice but to turn his sails west, towards Hesperia, the mysterious mist-shrouded land that will one day be called Italy. He ventures boldly into this new world, for he carries with him the magic Talisman of Troy, a mysterious, powerful idol that can make the nation that possesses it invincible ...
Chapter 4: Despair Sarac openedhis eyes and slowly shook hisaching head,
trying to clearthe cobwebs fromhis mind. ... in shockashe saw Braden lying on
theground, hishead bent at an unnatural angle, hisopen eyes staring towards the sky.
Author: Daniel Gimness
Publisher: DGS Designs
Sarac, a young, student magician is beaten and cast aside when Alena, a priestess he loves, is captured and carried off to sea by marauders who torch his village in search of the Crystal of Fire. Sarac resolves to rescue Alena, though doesn’t realize that his urgent quest is part of a greater purpose; the Crystal of Fire is one of four Crystals of Power ancient Wizards created to prevent the terrible planetary upheaval their world suffers every one thousand years. Sarac must find the Crystals of Power and unite them before the Fall Equinox when the red planet Nibiru comes into alignment with their planet or all will be lost. Naga, an evil sorcerer, who led his soldiers in search of the Crystal of Fire, seeks the Crystals of Power as well for a different purpose, to enslave all mankind and gain dominion over their world regardless of the devastation it will cause. With the help of Joran, a wizard of immense power, Sarac faces increasing threats from the approaching cataclysm which is starting to rain destruction on their planet, and from Naga who is determined to retrieve the Crystals of Power at all costs. The urgency of their quest increases when Sarac learns that Naga is torturing Alena to get her to reveal the location of the remaining Crystals of Power. As the Fall Equinox approaches, Sarac struggles to unravel an ancient prophecy, defeat Naga, rescue Alena, and ultimately save their world from violent destruction.
My husband sighs and rolls his eyes. “In the sky, over Edward, Earl of March,
when he raised his standard: the morning sun came up, and then there were
three suns. Three suns in the sky above him, the middle one shining down on
Author: Philippa Gregory
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
When the death of Joan of Arc shows her the dangers faced by strong women, Jacquetta, a psychic descendant of a river goddess, studies alchemy and becomes the secret wife of Richard Woodville before returning to the court of Henry VI.