Credits, notes, & sources

Creating a book of infographics relies on a huge variety of astronomical databases, papers, books, websites, and astronomers. We've tried to list all our sources below.


  • Dr Karen Masters (University of Portsmouth)
  • Prof Abel Méndez (University of Puerto Rico at Arecibo)
  • Astropy, a community-developed core Python package for Astronomy (Astropy Collaboration, 2013).
  • HEALPix (K. Górski et al. (2005), ApJ, 622, 759) and Healpy
  • Magnetic field texture based on image by Marc-Antoine Miville-Deschenes (IAS, Paris) and Diego Falceta-Goncalves (University of St Andrews)
  • Central Bureau for Astronomical Telegrams Supernovae List (IAU, Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory)
  • Royal Astronomical Society of Canada Constellation List (Larry McNish)
  • Minor Planet & Comet Ephemeris Service (IAU Minor Planet Center)
  • WCSTools package (Jessica Mink, Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory)
  • SkyBoT project (set up under the auspice of the French Ministry for National Education and CNRS)
  • Extrasolar Planets Encyclopedia (Jean Schneider, CNRS/LUTH - Paris Observatory)
  • NASA/IPAC Extragalactic Database operated by the JPL, Caltech, under contract with NASA
  • Gas giant profiles courtesy of Dr Leigh Fletcher (University of Oxford)
  • Matplotlib, a Python library for publication quality graphics (Hunter 2007)
  • PyEphem
  • Thanks to Franziska Batten, Ben Flatman, Robert Moritz, Christine, Elisabeth Baeten, jed, Arjen van den Berg, Sophie Ward, George Williams, planet4589, Georgina McGarry, Iair Arcavi, Arman Tadjrishi, Aleks, Matthew Standing, Brooke, Andy Howell, Alex Meredith, Leon, Kyriacou, Stelios, Edward Gomez, Andi Zachai, Bernardo, Benjamin Maglio, Annie, Jake, Drew, Margaret, emu, and Cams for helping to categorise the data.
  • The VizieR catalogue access tool, CDS, Strasbourg, France.
  • SIMBAD database operated at CDS, Strasbourg, France
  • Prof Lucie Green (University College London)
  • Dr Chris Scott (University of Reading)
  • Dr Ryan Milligan (Queen's University Belfast/Catholic University of America/NASA Goddard Space Flight Center)

The creation of this book would not have been possible without a tremendous amount of work by designer Mark McCormick - thanks Mark! Thanks also to all the designers at Founded, to Melissa Smith at Aurum Press for all her support, and to Lesley Malkin for proofreading.