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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560 Drillfield Drive
Blacksburg, VA 24061
(540) 231-9249

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Service Update

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.

ILL staff have resumed requesting materials from other libraries. Due to COVID-19, there are many libraries that remain closed and are not providing print materials. These libraries could remain closed for the remainder of the fall semester and possibly into the Spring semester. If you have any questions about your requests, please contact ILL staff at or the ILL supervisor (Sharon Gotkiewicz) at 540-231-9202. 

Purchasing of technical standards has resumed.

Shipping to Extended Campus Users
Interlibrary Loan has resumed shipping VT-owned materials and those borrowed from other libraries  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).

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

Blacksburg Campus Users
Blacksburg campus users can pick up their ILL material from the hold shelf at Newman Library User Services desk during the hours the library is open.

For Blacksburg campus users, please return all ILL materials in the return bin inside Newman Library on the 2nd floor main entrance. If you are off campus, 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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