Astronomy: Recommended

Astronomy Subject Guide


Astronomy is the study of celestial objects and phenomena, often on a large scale. Some topics include the solar system, planets, moons, comets and asteroids, stars, telescopes and electromagnetic radiation. Students and researchers with an interest in planetary science, observational astronomy, and cosmology may find this page useful.


Overview for astronomy

Recommended online resources

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Edward Lener
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Blacksburg, VA 24061
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Update on Services

Interlibrary Loan is now scanning articles and book chapters from materials located at Newman, the Art & Architecture and Veterinary Medicine Libraries, along with materials at the Storage facility.  To abide by copyright guidelines, we can only scan one chapter per book.

Currently, many libraries are not providing print materials.  Once libraries re-open and resume lending, Interlibrary Loan will phase in requesting materials.  

At this time we cannot obtain technical standards.  We will start processing these requests on Mon August 3rd.

Shipping to Extended Campus Users
Beginning Mon August 3rd, Interlibrary Loan will resume shipping VT-owned materials to Extended Campus Users and branch libraries (National Capital Region in Falls Church, the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine in Roanoke, and the Virginia Tech Research Center in Arlington).  We can start shipping to the Washington-Alexandria Architecture Center on Aug 17, 2020.

Please be sure that your current address and pick-up location listed on your ILLiad account are up to date.

Blacksburg Campus Users
Patrons in the Blacksburg area can use the contactless Grab & Go service to pick up VT-owned print materials.  After you place a hold on the item you need in the Library’s catalog, User Services will notify you when the materials are ready and to schedule a time for pick up.

You can return Interlibrary Loan materials using the pre-paid U.S. Postal Service label.


You can submit requests using your ILLiad account. 


We will update our LibGuides page and the ILLiad login page as our services resume.

Thank you for your understanding during these challenging times.

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