Here's a Space Coast Special. The newly released Planet: Photographs from the Archives of NASA ($27, Chronicle Books) offers a rich visual tour of the planets in our solar system. Nirmala Nataraj, author of Earth & Space, returns with another gorgeous photographic tour of space, this time featuring 200 spectacular photos of planets, moons, and comets in our solar system, collected from over 40 years’ worth of material housed in NASA’s archives.
If you have visited Yellowstone Park you understand its natural beauty and majesty. Spanning just under 3,500 square miles, Yellowstone is mainly situated in Wyoming, though parts stretch into Montana and Idaho as well. “Old Faithful” erupts like clockwork every single day, but there are also hundreds of smaller geysers and pastel hot pots bubbling and gurgling under a blanket of steam.
Bach's Christmas Oratorio is nothing like Handel's Messiah. Handel wrote a concert piece, intended for stage performance. Bach, on the other hand, composed a work in six sections, to be used in church services over six specific days from Christmas to the Feast of the Epiphany in January. It'll take a few weeks, but we'll hear the complete oratorio on Mozart's Attic from this Thursday night through early January -- and of course there will be plenty of other music for the season as the holidays approach.