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Updated: 2018-04-12T23:25:19.748-10:00


Free New York Times Digital Subscription


This free one-year subscription is available to current University of Hawaii faculty, staff and students with a email account. Your subscription starts on the day you create your NY Times account and can be renewed as long as the University of Hawaii maintains the subscription and offers a group pass.Without a subscription, you can access 10 free daily articles per month.InstructionsCreate a Personal NYTimes Account 1.     Click Here to access the New York Times listing in the UH Manoa Library database. Scroll down and click on "New York Times " to access the [green] UHM login authorization page for "Electronic Resources."Click "Login through the UH Web Login Service," and login2.     You should now see: "Welcome to the NYTimes The New York Times | PassYour organization has provided you with a Pass, which gives you complimentary access to and NYT apps.*Click on the "Create Account" bar, and follow the instructions.  It's easiest to use [and to remember] your email address and password as your NYTimes account Login/Password, although it's not mandatory.Access Today's IssueLogin Option #1: NYTimes.comLogin Option #2: UH Manoa Library Link:Click on "Login in Here" to access the Login page.          Type in your email and password          Select "Faculty/Staff/Administrator"          Check "Remember me"           Log In3.     You should now see your personal Confirmation page:"Your Pass is Still ActiveYour Pass will expire on January 20th, 2019 at 8:56 PM ET" [as an example]  [To renew see step 1.]4.     Click on "Go to" to access today's issue.Your UH Username is displayed in the upper right hand corner of the screen until you log out or shut off your computer.  [Updated 9 January 2918]* Does not include e-reader editions, Premium Crosswords or the New York Times Crossword apps.  NYTimes apps are not supported on all devices.  Access to archived articles within the date range 1923-1980 is limited.  You must have a valid email address from a participating organization.  Other restrictions may apply.[...]

Borrowing IfA Library Books



Updated Advice for Safely Viewing the Solar Eclipse - from the American Astronomical Society [AAS]


Solar Eclipse Across America (map)Monday, 21 August 2017. From the AAS:AAS Offers Updated Advice for Safely Viewing the Solar Eclipse. Press Release [01 Aug 2017].How To View A Solar Eclipse Safely.How to View the 2017 Eclipse Safely. [1-page PDF]. About the AAS: The AAS Solar Eclipse Task Force. Viewing from HawaiiInformation from the Bishop Museum Website:Solar Eclipse Overview for Hawaii. In Hawaii, we will see a partial eclipse* at dawn [6:12 am] looking North East. Maximum coverage of the sun is at 6:45 am.  By 7:25 am the eclipse will be over.*IMPORTANT* - It is NEVER, EVER safe to view a partial solar eclipse directly. [...]

New Books and e-Resources at the IfA Manoa Library as of 19 July 2017


Comparative climatology of terrestrial planets.Mackwell, S. J., etal., editorsQB 603 .A85 .C65  2013 and available online.Einstein and the quantum : the quest of the valiant Swabian.Stone, A. DouglasQC 16 .E5 .S76  2013Einstein gravity in a nutshell.Zee, A.QC 173.6 .Z44  2013Encountering life in the universe : ethical foundations and social implications of astrobiology.Impey, C., Spitz, A. H., and Stoeger, W. R.QH 326 .E537  2012  and available online.Exploring Mars  :  chronicles from a decade of discovery.Hubbard, ScottQB 643 .H83  2011 and available online.Nuclear physics in a nutshell.Bertulani, Carlos A.QC 776 .B466  2007 The Oxford handbook of the history of physics.Buchwald, J. Z., and Fox, R., editorsQC 7 .O945  2013The trial of Galileo, 1612-1633.Mayer, Thomas P., editorQB 36 .G2 .T75  2012Theses - New Links in the IfA Library Catalog (LIBCAT)  Adaptive optics studies of high redshift radio.Stadler, Brian A.2007. PDF : ProQuest Dissertations and Theses @ University of Hawaii.Efficient discovery of spatial associations and structure with application to asteroid tracking.Kubica, Jeremy2005 : Carnegie Mellon University.Print format : QB 1000.3 .K785  2005PDF : ProQuest Dissertations and Theses Global.   Formation and evolution of massive galaxies and AGN in the early universe.McGrath, Elizabeth J.2007.  PDF : ProQuest Dissertations and Theses @ University of Hawaii.An infrared investigation into the formation of elliptical galaxies via mergers.Rothberg, Barry S.2005.  PDF : ProQuest Dissertations and Theses @ University of Hawaii.An infrared reflectance study of water in outer belt asteroids : clues to composition and origin.Jones, Thomas D.1988 : University of Arizona.PDF : ProQuest Dissertations and Theses Global.A multi-wavelength study of (ultra)luminous infrared galaxies in the cosmos field.Kartaltepe, Jeyhan S.   2009. PDF : ProQuest Dissertations and Theses @ University of Hawaii.Probing asteroid composition using visible and near-infrared spectroscopy.Howell, Ellen S.1995 : University of Arizona. PDF : ProQuest Dissertations and Theses Global.The rare light elements in very low  metallicity halo stars.Novicki, Megan C.2005.PDF : ProQuest Dissertations and Theses @ University of Hawaii.A wide-field survey for high-redshift quasars.Kakazu, Yuko K. M.2007 : University of Hawaii.PDF : ProQuest Dissertations and Theses @ University of Hawaii.X-ray  selected galaxy clusters behind the Galactic plane.Kocevski, Dale Dalibor2006. PDF : ProQuest Dissertations and Theses @ University of Hawaii.Print copies are temporarily locatedon the "New Books" display in the IfA Library.Please contact the IfA Librarian,if you have any questions or suggestions. [...]

New Books and e-Resources available at the IfA Manoa Library as of 30 May 2017.


The Astronomical AlmanacReference  QB 8 .U3 .A5  2018 Evolution of Large Scale Structure.Proceedings of the MPA-ESO Cosmology Conference,Garching, Germany, 2-7 August 1998.QB 981 .M62  1998Formation, Evolution, and Survival of Massive Star Clusters.Proceedings of the 316th symposium of the IAUheld in Honolulu, Hawaii, 11-14 August 2015.QB 1 .I58  no. 316  and  available online via an IfA subscripton.Galaxies at High Redshift and Their Evolution Over Cosmic Time.Proceedings of the 319th symposium of the IAUheld in Honolulu, Hawaii, 11-14 August 2015.QB 1 .I58  no. 319  and  available online via an IfA subscription.George Herbig and Early Stellar Evolution.Reipurth, Bo.University of Hawaii at Manoa.Institute for Astronomy Special Publication : no. 1.QB 36 .H56 .R45  2016  and  available online via the IFA website.  Interferometry and Synthesis in Radio Astronomy.Thompson, A. R., Moran, James M. and Swenson, George w.QB 479.3 .T47  2017  and  free open access available via Springer.   The Legacy of Edoardo Amaldi in Science and Society :  Rome, 23-25October 2008.  Conference proceedings.Societa Italiana de Fisca ; 100.  QC 16 .A43 .L44  2010  CDROM included.Meteorites of Alberta.Whyte, Anthony J.University of Alberta Press.QB 755.5 .C2 .W49  2009Proceedings of the 10th Asian-Pacific Regional IAU Meeting :Kunming, Yunnan, China, 3-6 August, 2008.Beijing : China Science & Technology Press. QB 61 .I56  2009 Supernovae as Probes of Their Host Galaxies and CircumstellarEnvironments : Search Strategies in Nuclear Starbursts and Spectroscopy of the SN 1987A CSM.Mattila, Seppo Kalevi.London : University of London.QB 1000.3 .M351  2002  and  available online via ProQuest Dissertations & Theses.   An X-ray Study of Cluster Vicinities and Observational Constraintson the Warm-hot Intergalactic Medium.Takei, Yoh.ISAS Research Note ; RN 816.Sagamihara, Kanagawa : Institute of Space and AstrononauticalScience : Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency. QB 1000.3 .T350  2006X-ray Study of Planetary Nebulae.Murashima, Mio.ISAS Research Note ; RN 811.Sagamihara, Kanagawa : Institute of Space and AstrononauticalScience : Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency.  QB 1000.3 .M552  2006.Print copies will be temporarily locatedon the "New Books" display in the IfA Library.Please contact the IFA Librarian,if you have any questions or suggestions. [...]'s new subject area : Applied Physics


April 20th - is accepting article submissions in "Applied Physics" 

Description of Applied Physics [] subject areas :

Applications of physics to new technology, including : electronic devices, optics, photonics, microwaves, spintronics, advanced materials, metamaterials, nanotechnology, and energy sciences.

To receive regular, daily e-mail notices of new abstract submissions for, please see subscription instructions.

2017 launch of new publication: Nature Astronomy



New Books and e-Resources at the IfA Library as of 21 November 2016


Astronomy's limitless journey : a guide to understanding the universe.Hasinger, Gunther.Honolulu : University of Hawaii Press. QB 981 .H35613 [c.1 Manoa; c.2 Hilo; e-Resource]  The cosmic web : mysterious architecture of the Universe.Gott, J. Richard.Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press.QB 35 .G68 2016 The expanding universe : a primer on relativistic cosmology.Heacox, William D.Cambridge : Cambridge University Press. QB 991 .E94 H43 2015   [c.1 Manoa; c.2 Hilo] Na inoa hoku : Hawaiian and Pacific star names. Johnson, Rubellite Kawena; Mahelona, John Kaipo; Ruggles, C.L.N.Honolulu : University of Hawaii Press. QB 802 .J64 2015 [c.1 Manoa; c.2 Hilo]   Stars over Hawaii.Bryan, E. H.Hilo, Hawaii : Petroglyph Press.QB 65 .B792 2015 [c.1 Manoa; c.2 Hilo] Surveying the skies : how astronomers map the universe.Wynn-Williams, C. G.Switzerland : Springer.QB 44.3 .W966 2016[...]

New Books & e-Resources at the IfA Manoa Library as of March 31st 2016


Advanced Lectures on the Starburst-AGN Connection.:Tonantzintla, Puebla, Mexico, June 26-30, 2000.  Aretxaga, Itziar, Kunth, D., and Mujica, Raul [editors].Singapore ; River Edge, NJ : World Scientific.QB  858.3 A38  2000Apparent places of fundamental stars 2016.International Astronomical Union.Reference  QB 9 .I5  2016Asteroids IV.Michel, Patrick, DeMeo, Francesca E., & Bottke, William F. [editors].University of Arizona space science series.QB  651 A857  2015  [c.1  Manoa; c.2  Reference; c.3  Hilo]The Astronomical Almanac 2017.United States Naval Observatory.Washington : U.S. G.P.O. ; London : H.M.S.O.Reference  QB 8 .U3 A5  2017Astronomical phenomena for the year 2018.U.S. Naval Observatory Nautical Almanac Office.Reference  QB 8 .U3 .A5 .IA3  2018Astronomy's limitless journey: a guide to understanding the universe.Hasinger, Gunther.QB  981 H35613 2015 and Full Text e-Resource.Comets among the asteroids icy bodies in the inner solar system.Hsieh, Henry H.Thesis (Ph.D.), University of Hawaii at Manoa; 2007.Full Text e-Resource.Extended emission-line regions: remnants of quasar superwinds?Fu, Hai.Thesis (Ph.D.), University of Hawaii at Manoa; 2008.Full Text  e-Resource.Galileo's Medicean moons: their impact on 400 years of discovery. Barbieri, Cesare.IAU symposium and colloquium proceedings series ; 269.QB  1 I58 no. 269  2010  and Full Text e-Resource.High-energy astrophysics.Melia, Fulvio.Princeton series in astrophysics.QB  464 .M45  2009Hot wiring the transient universe: infrastructure for rapid-response astronomy.Williams, Roy, Bunn, Sarah Emery, and Seaman, Rob [editors].QB 51.3 .E43 .H68 2010 and Full Text e-Resource.Introduction to modeling convection in planets and stars: magnetic field density stratification, rotation.Glatzmaier, Gary A.Princeton series in astrophysics.QB  462.3 G53  2014  and  Full Text e-Resource.Stellar spectropolarimetry with HiVIS: Herbig Ae/Be stars, circumstellar environmentals and optical pumping.Harrington, David M.Thesis (Ph.D.), University of Hawaii at Manoa; 2008.Full Text e-Resource.UHPA-BOR Contract.2015-2017 agreement between the University of Hawaii Professional Assembly and the Board of Regents of the University of Hawaii.Full Text  e-Resource .A weak-gravitational lensing analysis of massive galaxy clusters at 0.3 [Z [0.7.Donovan, David A. K.Thesis (Ph.D.), University of Hawaii at Manoa; 2007.Full Text e-Resource.[...]

What happened to CBATs? Here's some options. --updated 14 Nov 2017--


Central Bureau for Astronomical Telegrams (CBAT)Publisher of  :  IAU Circulars also called IAU Telegramsor CBETs [Central Bureau Electronic Telegrams] CBAT subscribers (primarily the astronomy library community and researchers) have encountered and reported apparently ongoing subscription and service-related issues as far back as August 2014.Key problems reported:sporadic or no content accessinability to begin or renew subscriptionsdifficulty reaching and receiving timely assistance and supportlack of clarity regarding who to actually contact for supportlack of resolution or improvement from the IAU Commission 6, under which CBAT operatesSummarized from : The PAM Bulletin, Article 9 of 10, Vol. 43 No. 3, 17 Feb. 2016.Note from CBAT : "Official citing should always be to the printed IAUCs, not the electronic versions." Links to other options:The Astronomer's Telegram [free]Latest Supernovae [free]IAUC Archives [subscription service for IfA researchers only] 50 Most Recent CBETs [nos. 1-1199 free] [nos. 1200+ by subscription only] (updated 14 Nov 2017)CBET Archives [subscription service for IfA researchers only]ADS form for IAUCs only - use the number of the issue you want. [free] [via NASA Astrophysics Data System][...]

New Books at IfA Manoa and Theses - New Catalog Links: for October 2015


Black Holes : An Introduction.Raine, Derek J. and Thomas, E. G.QB 843 B55 R35 2005Graduate Programs. Physics, Astronomy, and Related Fields.American Institute of Physics.Reference QC 30 .A522a 2015Highlights of Astronomy.International Astronomical Union.; IAU.Dordrecht, D. ReidelQB 1 I59  Vol 16 Observer's Handbook 2016.Kelly, Patrick [editor]Royal Astronomical Society of Canada Seeing Clearly : The Impact of Atmospheric Turbulence on the Propagation of Extraterrestrial Radiation.Businger, S. and Cherubini, T. [editors].QC 484 B221 2011 The Thirteenth Marcel Grossmann Meeting on Recent Developments in Theoretical and Experimental General Relativity, Astrophysics, and Relativistic Field Theories : proceedings of the MG13 Meeting on General Relativity, Stockholm University, Sweden, 1-7 July 2012. : Marcel Grossmann Meeting on General Relativity.Rosquist, Kjell, Jantzen, Robert T., and Ruffini, Remo [editor/s]. QC 173.6 M37 2012 Part A QC 173.6 M37 2012 Part B QC 173.6 M37 2012 Part C Theses - New Links in the Library Catalog (LIBCAT) Submillimeter Constraints on the Evolution of Circumstellar Disks. Andrews, Sean M.August 2007Online PDF : Dissertations & Theses @ University of Hawaii. Structure and Energy Transport of the Solar Convection Zone.Armstrong, James D.December 2004 Online PDF : Dissertations & Theses @ University of Hawaii. The Assembly of Massive Galaxy Clusters : A Joint X-ray - Optical Study. Barrett, Elizabeth.August 2006 Online PDF : Dissertations & Theses @ University of Hawaii.Pre-biotic Molecules in the Hot Corinos of Solar-type Protostars.Bottinelli, Sandrine.December 2006 Online PDF : Dissertations & Theses @ University of Hawaii. The Evolution of the Multiplicity of Young Stellar Objects.Connelley, Michael S.August 2007 Online PDF : Dissertations & Theses @ University of Hawaii. The Evolution of Young Clusters.Dahm, Scott E.August 2005 Online PDF : Dissertations & Theses @ University of Hawaii. [...]


Find e-Journals Search LinkFull text access viaUniversity of Hawaii at Manoa LibraryASTRONOMY[from 1992]     Full text available viaEBSCOhost Academic Search Complete   DISCOVER[from 2001]     Full text available viaEBSCOhost Academic Search Complete NEW SCIENTIST[from 1956 until (and including) 1989]  Full text available via     Free E-Journals[from 2002]     Full text available viaEBSCOhost Academic Search CompletSKY and TELESCOPE[from 1994]     Full text available via EBSCOhost Academic Search Complete[...]

How to Connect to a Full Text UHM eJournal Article from an ADS Citation


Set Up an ADS AccountSelect “University of Hawaii”as the Library Link ServerSIGN IN — upper right-hand corner of any ADS screenACCOUNT SETUPAccount PreferencesLIBRARY LINKS SETTINGSLIBRARY LINK SERVERSelect “University of Hawaii” from the drop-down menuSave settingsThe Library Links appear in citations only when you are signed in to your ADS account, i.e., when your email address is displayed in the upper right-hand corner of any ADS screenHave your UH Login Username/password [] ready to login to the UHM Electronic Resources page    >>   From the ADS Citation Click on the L-Link [Library Link]:A   E   F   L   X   D   R   C   S   O Or:  Open the citation and click on the Find it icon>>   To the UHM Article    The Library Link takes you to:A list of formats and resources available Select “Full text available via (publisher's name)“ Login on the Electronic Resources pageMNRAS example:Full text available via  Oxford University Press JournalsThis particular link takes you to the MNRAS publisher's website and to the specific article you selected in ADS with formats to choose that should look like these: Full Text [HTML] Free Full Text [PDF] FreeLinks:  eJournal Links List, IfA Library Webpage Find e-Journals search page, UHM Library Please let me know if you have any questions, suggestions, problems, or comments. [...]

New Books at IFA Manoa: January 2015


Foundations of Astrophysics.Ryden, Barbara S, and Peterson, Bradley M.QB 461 R887 2010Observing Photons in Space.Edited by Huber, M, et al.(International Space Science Institute).ISSI scientific report, SR-009.QC 793.5 P42 O27 2010Physics and Chemistry of Circumstellar Dust Shells. Gail, Hans-Peter and Sedlmayr, Erwin.Cambridge Astrophysics Series : 52. QB 792 G35 2014[...]

Try this: Easer access to full text of journal articles.


IfA researchers returning from other venues have remarked that getting from the ADS citation to the full text of an article is easier elsewhere.  At the Astrocoffee session I gave last month, complaints about this situation were voiced.  Well, perhaps relief is at hand.

UHM Hamilton Library has developed a page of instructions to facilitate access to the full text  from various combinations of operating systems and web browsers. See:
Accessing Resources from Outside the Library

I've reset the Firefox preferences on my Mac.  When I launch an ADS search, I'm immediately prompted to sign on with my name & password (not, @gmail, etc.).  In the ADS search results, I can click on the E or F links to reach the full text.  I don't have to follow the L link through the UHM Library web site to get the item!  I haven't tested it enough to find gaps. 

Try these options! 
Let me know if you experience access improvement, or find gaps and glitches.

Grads Register for eJournal Access


For electronic access to journal articles, you must register with Hamilton Library. Once registered, you can access electronic journals from your office and remote locations by logging in using your UH campus email account username [] and password. 

You will need your UH number.  Your UH number can be obtained from Deb Hew-Harano, IfA Personnel.)

Register online by completing the online registration form.

Most requests will be processed in 2-4 business days, including verification of enrollment and/or University affiliation.
    • Select Manoa as your campus, regardless of which island you are on.

    • Put your UH number in BOTH boxes: 1) the "UH Number (required)" box, AND; 2) the "ID Barcode (required)" box.

    • For “Status (required)”: from drop down menu select ‘Graduate’
 If you experience any difficulties with this process, please contact Kathleen Robertson,
IfA Librarian [956-8907;]

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Noble 2013 Physics - for theory of the Higgs boson


François Englert and Peter W. Higgs have been jointly awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics 2013 for the theory of how particles acquire mass.

More information at the Noble Prize site.

Noble Physics announcement soon


The 2013 Noble prize in physics will be announced tomorrow.

While you are waiting with bated breath, here are some

fun facts about past Noble Physics prizes




Nuovo cimento



2013: " It's deja vu all over again"


To quote Yogi Berra!

Just like March 2012, this year the UH Manoa Libraries will be closed over Spring Break.
The 2013 Spring Recess dates are March 25-29.

The electronic access to journals and e-books will not be disrupted.

If you experience problems accessing online materials, let me know.  I'll be away for part of the Break, but will provide document delivery of needed materials as soon as possible.

Spring Break: March 26-30, 2012


I'm taking vacation during Spring Break.

UH Libraries will be closed during these dates, including services like Interlibrary Loans.

However, online access to electronic journals and books will not be interrupted.

If you encounter a pay wall while seeking an article, or want an item that is not accessable, send me the citation and I'll get it for you as soon as possible.

Top space photos of 2011


Annually, Phil Plait, of the Bad Astronomy blog, selects a group of the top space photos taken that year. It started as a "Best 10" list, But, in 2010, the list contained 14 images. This year, there are 16 images. Each is exquisite! Enjoy!