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Science books for space witches

Astronomy - General

Cosmos - Carl Sagan

So, anything by Sagan is kind of a “gimme” but his writing style is absolutely delightful. Cosmos is probably his most comprehensive overview of the 14 billion years of cosmic evolution and covers everything from the origins of life, black holes, stellar evolution, the planets, and space exploration. If you’re going to pick up any book on this list, go for this one. 

Cosmos - Giles Sparrow

This book is fucking GIGANTIC (14″ x 17″!!!) and filled with gorgeous high resolution space photos. I have this book on my coffee table and can spend endless hours just flipping through it and marveling at the beauty of the universe. Well worth the money.

Planets - Giles Sparrow

Another book of high resolution space photographs, this time of the planets in our solar system. 

Origins: 14 Billion Years of Evolution - Neil DeGrasse Tyson

A great overview of our universe, it’s evolution, what we know, and what we don’t know. 

Astronomy - A Self Teaching Guide

This is a book pretty commonly used in Astronomy 101 courses and is a great resource for those wanting to learn more about the science itself on their own. It’s formatted like an easy to read textbook and contains workbook sections to test your knowledge. 

Astronomy 101:  From the Sun and Moon to Wormholes and Warp Drive, Key Theories, Discoveries, and Facts about the Universe

Extremely easy to read book covering a huge breadth of topics. This book doesn’t go terribly in depth on any subject  but it’s great for picking up and reading a bit at a time and  for figuring out what in particular you’re interested in. 

Basic Physics: A Self Teaching Guide

A practical, easy guide to the basic concepts of physics.  Requires no math and easy to understand for “non-science” people. 

Observational Astronomy

Nightwatch: A Practical Guide to Viewing the Universe

This book is a great introduction to stargazing with loads of star maps, information on astronomy equipment, a basic introduction to astrophoography, and information on notable upcoming astronomical events. My personal favorite thing about this book is that it lists objects in the night sky by how they can be viewed - naked eye, binoculars, small telescope, etc. This book includes charts for both the northern and southern hemisphere so it’s applicable no matter where you live. 

50 Things to See With a Small Telescope

In a similar vein, this book is precisely what it sounds like - a guide to cool shit you can see with an inexpensive telescope. The best feature is that it has pictures of how the object will appear through your telescope rather than just illustrations or photos taken with powerful equipment. This makes it much easier to  find the objects in the night sky.

Turn Left at Orion

One of the most popular stargazing books of all time and with good reason. This is pretty THE  beginner’s guide to observational astronomy and gives clear, easy to use information about how to find various objects in the night sky. 

Binocular Highlights - 99 Celestial Sights for Binocular Users

A great guide to star gazing for those of you using binoculars. 

Space, Time, and the Universe

A Brief History of Time - Stephen Hawking

A classic and probably the book on this list that everyone’s heard of. Exploring the origins of the universe, the big bang, quarks, black holes, and the nature of time and space.

The Universe in a Nutshell - Stephen Hawking

A companion to A Brief History of Time providing updates to what we’ve learned about the nature of time and space since A Brief History’s publication.

Hyperspace: A Scientific Odyssey Through Parallel Universes, Time Warps, and the 10th Dimension  - Michio Kaku

Exploring the weirdness of string theory, the search of Einstein’s theory of everything, parallel dimensions, and quantum physics. This book is really cool and mind bending in the best way. 

The Elegant Universe: Superstrings, Hidden Dimensions, and the Quest for the Ultimate Theory  - Brian Greene

On the same topic as Kaku’s book and highly recommended to read in tandem. 

The First Three Minutes - Steven Weinberg

What happened during the creation of the universe and how do we know?

(Please feel free to add your own suggestions)

‘ Blue Dentition ‘    Maple leaves scanned and color altered by Bob Bauer. This is an older image.  But it is one that was my best ‘flower’ image of all time.  Which doesn’t say much.  hahaha I think I sold about 15.  I still think it is a great image.


Submission Guidelines

Do Your Own Dishes is a feminist zine created to promote South Asian/South Asian Diaspora artists, writers, musicians, filmmakers and photographers from across the globe. The zine is published quarterly.


We take submissions in four categories: music, visual art (painting,photography, film making etc), Fiction: (poetry, short stories etc), non-fiction (articles and narrative nonfiction).

General Guidelines:

- Please include a short bio (60-100 words) and the word count in your cover letter

- Please include a high resolution photograph of yourself to go along with your work.

- Label your attached Microsoft Word Files “Your Name_DYOD Category”. For example:

“Ahmed Pervez_DYOD Poetry”

- Please make sure your submission is relevant to our zine’s mission, objective and audience

- Please send all submissions as attached files


We accept nonfiction of the following genres: narrative, creative, micro, travelogue, essay etc.

- Kindly keep submissions between 800 - 2500 words


We accept fiction piece and poems of all forms. Preference is given to works that follow our theme (are feminist in nature) and demonstrate originality.

- Kindly keep submissions between  800- 1500 words

- For poet, please submit a maximum of three poems in an attached word file.

Visual Art:

We accept artwork of all kinds: paintings, doodles, comic strips, illustrations, digital photography and film etc.

- Please make sure you submit your artwork and photography in high resolution (300 dpi file format)

- For digital photographers: kindly submit up to 10 high resolution photographs explaining the theme of your work.

-For film makers: kindly submit a 2-3 minute trailer of your film. If you wish to submit a short film, kindly make sure it is below 10 minutes.


We are currently experimenting in this category. We are open to innovative submissions. Some examples may include: interviews, photo diary, album art, discography, lyrics etc

- if you/ your band wish to be interviewed, kindly send us a 150 word pitch of how your music fits our zine’s vision.

Although the zine is published quarterly, submissions are open throughout the year.

‘ Strange Hydrange ‘  Directly scanned Hydrangea blooms with a second flower I forgot. By Bob Bauer  contact me if you know.  I always love Hydrangea blooms, their so vaired in the color of one bloom. In this case it is white and blue. I don’t get to see them much becuase in my low humidity area, they don’t do well.



The Hackers Who Recovered NASA’s Lost Lunar Photos

Sitting incongruously among the hangars and laboratories of NASA’s Ames Research Center in Silicon Valley is the squat facade of an old McDonald’s. You won’t get a burger there, though–its cash registers and soft-serve machines have given way to old tape drives and modern computers run by a rogue team of hacker engineers who’ve rechristened the place McMoon’s. These self-described techno-archaeologists have been on a mission to recover and digitize forgotten photos taken in the ‘60s by a quintet of scuttled lunar satellites.

The Lunar Orbiter Image Recovery Project has since 2007 brought some 2,000 pictures back from 1,500 analog data tapes. They contain the first high-resolution photographs ever taken from behind the lunar horizon, including the first photo of an earthrise (first slide above). Thanks to the technical savvy and DIY engineering of the team at LOIRP, it’s being seen at a higher resolution than was ever previously possible. (source)


Lutetia, asteroid and ancient French tribe

The asteroid Lutetia lies almost directly in the plane of the ecliptic approximately 230 million miles from the sun, on average. It was discovered in 1852 by the German-French painter, astronomer and polymath Hermann Goldschmidt, who discovered it not long after purchasing a telescope he financed by selling paintings of Galileo produced on a recent trip to Florence. Although he originally believed that he had discovered a new planet, he soon confirmed that it was indeed an asteroid and named it after the Roman name for the city that eventually became Paris: Lutetia Parisiorum, named for the Gallic tribe the Parisii who first inhabited the island later known as Île de la Cité. In July of 2010 the French spacecraft the Rosetta passed approximately 1800 miles away from Lutetia and took several hundred high resolution photographs, mostly of the north pole of the asteroid. Lutetia is a medium sized asteroid, somewhat egg shaped, 100 kilometers in diameter and 120 kilometers in diameter along its longest axis, with a fairly eccentric orbit.

In March 2011 the International Astronomical Union agreed to a naming system for Lutetia’s features, allowing them to be named for regions, cities and rivers in Roman Gaul, as in the map above:
Baetica, Achaia, Etruria, Narbonensis, Noricum, Pannonia, and Raetia.
Like most students of Latin, one of the first ‘real’ texts I read was Caesar’s Gallic wars, ’Gallia est omnis divisa in partes tres….’, and one of the first early maps I studied was pre-Roman Gaul. It’s all coming back to me! Expect to see more Latin than Greek words in the next couple of weeks!

Image of Lutetia courtesy ESA 2011 MPS for OSIRIS Team MPS/UPD/LAM/IAA/RSSD /INTA/UPM/DASP/IDA. Orbit of Lutetia courtesy NASA/JPL, used with permission. Map of Caesar’s Gaul in the public domain.

‘ Tubal Flow Blush Bleu ‘   Hue altered scanned flower photograph by Bob Bauer.   I loved this piece so much I did 5 different hue altered versions of it. The original was a green stem and light burgundy colored blooms.  This is a high resolution image.  Super detailed.