subject description and guidelines
Astronomy deals with the origin, evolution, composition, distance, and motion of all bodies and scattered matter in the universe. It is the observational and theoretical study of celestial bodies, of the intervening regions of space, and of the universe as a whole. It is one of the oldest sciences and has developed in step with advances in instrumentation and other technology and with advances in physics, chemistry and mathematics. Today the field of astronomy involves the application of the latest theoretical and experimental tools from all scientific disciplines. Traditional areas of excellence at Cornell include infrared astronomy, theoretical astrophysics, radio and radar astronomy and planetary science. Astronomy and space sciences involves research across various departments, including astronomy, physics, applied physics, geological and atmospheric sciences, theoretical and applied mechanics, and electrical engineering, the Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico and the Palomar Observatory in California.
This is primarily an electronic collection to support the increasingly online workflows and information requirements of researchers. The focus is on full access to the published literature in electronic format. The physical sciences collection includes several enhanced interfaces with features essential to physical sciences research. Astronomical data sources are generally openly available through such initiatives as the National Virtual Observatory. Significant effort through the Cornell Library is also focused on acquiring electronic access to older literature to enhance access and use.