- 15 Million Degrees: A Journey to the Centre of the SunISBN: 9780670922192
Title: 15 Million Degrees: A Journey to the Centre of the Sun
Author: GREEN LUCIE
Light takes just eight minutes to reach Earth from the surface of the Sun - but its journey within the Sun takes hundreds of thousands of years. What is going on in there? How does the Sun produce light and heat - and how on earth did scientists find out?
In this astonishing and enlightening adventure, you'll travel millions of miles from inside the Sun to its surface and to Earth, on the way discovering the latest research in solar physics, learning how the sun works and meeting the ground-breaking scientists who pieced this extraordinary story together.
Format: Trade paperback
- 2013 Australasian Sky GuideISBN: 9781863171458
Title: 2013 Australasian Sky Guide
Author: LOMB NICK
- 2014 Australasian Sky GuideISBN: 9781863171557
Title: 2014 Australasian Sky Guide
Author: LOMB NICK
Compact, easy to use and reliable, this popular guide contains everything you need to know about the southern night sky with monthly astronomy maps, viewing tips and highlights, and details of all the year's exciting celestial events. Wherever you are in Australia or New Zealand, easy calculations allow you to estimate local rise and set times for the Sun, Moon and planets. The 2014 Australasian Sky Guide also provides information on the solar system, updated with the latest findings from space probes. Published annually since 1991, the Sky Guide continues to be a favourite with photographers, event planners, sports organisers, teachers, students - and anyone who looks up at the stars and wants to know more.
- 2016 Australasian Sky GuideISBN: 9781863171649
Title: 2016 Australasian Sky Guide
Author: LOMB NICK
- 2017 Australasian Sky GuideISBN: 9781863171694
Title: 2017 Australasian Sky Guide
Author: LOMB NICK
Compact, easy to use and reliable, this popular guide by well known astronomer and author Dr Nick Lomb has been providing stargazers with everything they need to know about the southern night sky for over 25 years. The 2017 guide contains monthly astronomy maps, viewing tips and highlights, and details of the year’s exciting celestial events.
Wherever you are in Australia or New Zealand, easy calculations allow you to estimate local rise and set times for the Sun, Moon and planets. The 2017 Australasian Sky Guide also provides information on the solar system, updated with the latest findings from space probes. Published annually, the Sky Guide continues to be a favourite with photographers, event planners, sports organisers, teachers, students — and anyone who looks up at the stars and wants to know more.
• Mars passes close to Uranus in February
• Partial eclipse of the Moon in August
• Venus and Mars conjunction in October
• Venus and Jupiter close in November
- 30-Second Astronomy: The 50 Most Mindblowing Discoveries in Astronomy, Each Explained in Half a MinuteISBN: 9781743360835
Title: 30-Second Astronomy: The 50 Most Mindblowing Discoveries in Astronomy, Each Explained in Half a Minute
Author: FRESSIN FRANCOIS EDITOR
The 50 most cosmic concepts, each explained in half a minute. When did Mars lose its ocean? Where do we fit into the infinitely grand scheme of things? Is there a universe or a multiverse? What is the Goldilocks Zone? Who developed the tired light theory? Most tantalizing of all: Is there anyone out there? The answers to these and many other far-out questions lie in your hands. Everyone's gazing at the heavens, but a voyage through the star-studded contents of this book will change your view of those other worlds. 30-Second Astronomy encapsulates the terrifying hugeness of the cosmos into bite-size particles that mere earthlings can understand: 50 incredible ideas, each brought down to Earth using no more than two pages, 200 words, and a picture. This one small volume takes you on a cosmic tour, shedding light on the most awesome of objects and places, explaining some very big ideas, concepts, and discoveries, and presenting the scientists and observers who have done so much to crack Life, the Universe, and Everything. Welcome aboard.
- 50 Ideas You Really Need to Know: UniverseISBN: 9780857381231
Title: 50 Ideas You Really Need to Know: Universe
Author: BAKER JOANNE
Joanne Baker unravels the complexities of the universe for a general readership. From heliocentrism to dark matter, and from Kepler's laws of planetary motion and orbits to Olber's paradox and the Shapley-Curtis debate, she explains ideas at the cutting-edge of scientific enquiry.
- Astronomer's TaleISBN: 9781780895550
Title: Astronomer's Tale
Author: FILDES GARY
'You donÃ¢e(tm)t need a science degree to enjoy the night sky. Put aside your worries, look up, and feel part of an incredible universeÃ¢e(tm)
Meet Gary Fildes. Not your average astronomer. After leaving school at 17 he went to work on a building site, where he stayed for a quarter of a century. Then one day, middle age approaching alarmingly, he acted on his life-long passion. The stars.
Today Gary is the founder and lead astronomer of Kielder public observatory, a state-of-the-art visitor attraction that is amongst the best in the world. Nestled in the Kielder forests, officially the darkest place in England, the observatory sits beneath a sky that is so clear that thousands of stars can be seen every night, unlike the thirty or so that the rest of us can see due to light pollution. At Kielder, Venus casts a shadow on the Earth and even the Northern Lights can often be seen.
In this inspiring and accessible book, Gary shares his lifeÃ¢e(tm)s enthusiasm for the night sky. Alternating between chapters about his own remarkable journey, and an accessible month-by-month guide to stargazing for the general reader, it tells a story of a man reconnecting with the wonders of nature, and how we all can too.
- Astronomy 101: From the Sun & Moon to Wormholes & Warp Drive, Key Theories, Discoveries, & Facts about the UniverseISBN: 9781440563591
Title: Astronomy 101: From the Sun & Moon to Wormholes & Warp Drive, Key Theories, Discoveries, & Facts about the Universe
Author: PETERSEN CAROLYN COLLINS
Explore the curiosities of our galaxy
Too often, textbooks obscure the beauty and wonder of outer space with tedious discourse that even Galileo would oppose. "Astronomy 101" cuts out the boring details and lengthy explanations, and instead, gives you a lesson in astronomy that keeps you engaged as you discover what's hidden beyond our starry sky.
From the Big Bang and nebulae to the Milky Way and Sir Isaac Newton, this celestial primer is packed with hundreds of entertaining astronomy facts, charts, and photographs you won't be able to get anywhere else.
So whether you're looking to unravel the mystery behind black holes, or just want to learn more about your favorite planets, "Astronomy 101" has all the answers--even the ones you didn't know you were looking for.
- Astronomy All That MattersISBN: 9781471801624
Title: Astronomy All That Matters
Author: SEYMOUR PERCY
An innovative and relatable introduction to astronomy, ideal for anyone who wants to understand what we know about the universe
With a blend of exciting discoveries and important scientific theory, "Astronomy: All That Matters" explains how astronomers over time have observed the world and what their methods uncovered. Author Percy Seymour shows why this was important for understanding the cosmos. The last chapter, on dark matter, also focuses on the many things we don't yet know--reminding us that astronomy is a fast-paced and fascinating subject.
- Astronomy in Minutes: 200 Key Concepts Explained in an InstantISBN: 9781848667235
Title: Astronomy in Minutes: 200 Key Concepts Explained in an Instant
Author: SPARROW GILES
The fastest way to learn about astronomy, from the constellations to cosmology.
- Astronomy Photographer of the YearISBN: 9780007482801
Title: Astronomy Photographer of the Year
Author: ROYAL OBSERVATORY GREENWICH
- Astronomy Photographer of the Year: Collection 1ISBN: 9780007523542
Title: Astronomy Photographer of the Year: Collection 1
Author: ROYAL OBSERVATORY GREENWICH
- Astronomy Photographer of the Year: Collection 5ISBN: 9780008196264
Title: Astronomy Photographer of the Year: Collection 5
Author: ROYAL OBSERVATORY GREENWICH
All the winning and shortlisted images from the 2016 Insight Astronomy Photographer of the Year competition, which is hosted by the Royal Observatory, Greenwich. Foreword by German fine-art photographer, Wolfgang Tillmans.
The images are submitted in one of the following categories:
* Earth and Space
* Our Solar System
* Deep Space
* Young Astronomy Photographer of the Year
And can also be entered for one of the special prizes:
* Best Newcomer
* People and Space
* Robotic Scope
Each image is accompanied by caption, photographer, location and technical details.
Every year the Royal Observatory, Greenwich hosts a free exhibition of the winners of the Astronomy Photographer of the Year competition, showcasing some incredible images of the sky. www.rmg.co.uk/astrophoto
- AstrophotographyISBN: 9780233005010
Author: EVANS RHODRI
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- Atlas of the Night SkyISBN: 9780060818913
Title: Atlas of the Night Sky
Author: STORM DUNLOP
This brand-new, large-format atlas covers the whole of the night sky in a series of stunning charts, illustrated to a revealing magnitude of 6.5, with accompanying text detailing everything that can be seen. Each of the 88 constellations is illustrated with charts that have been specifically commissioned for this project, making use of the latest data available. There is also planetary information for the next five years, and details of where in the sky the major planets can be seen and at what time. With comprehensive, original maps of the moon's surface and details of craters and other named features, this is the definitive night sky atlas that no astronomer should be without.
- Beyond Our Future in SpaceISBN: 9780393239300
Title: Beyond Our Future in Space
Author: IMPEY CHRIS
Beyond dares to imagine a fantastic future for humans in space--and then reminds us that we're already there.
Human exploration has been an unceasing engine of technological progress, from the first homo sapiens to leave our African cradle to a future in which mankind promises to settle another world. Beyond tells the epic story of humanity leaving home--and how humans will soon thrive in the vast universe beyond the earth.
A dazzling and propulsive voyage through space and time, Beyond reveals how centuries of space explorers--from the earliest stargazers to today's cutting-edge researchers--all draw inspiration from an innate human emotion: wanderlust. This urge to explore led us to multiply around the globe, and it can be traced in our DNA.
Today, the urge to discover manifests itself in jaw-dropping ways: plans for space elevators poised to replace rockets at a fraction of the cost; experiments in suspending and reanimating life for ultra-long-distance travel; prototypes for solar sails that coast through space on the momentum of microwaves released from the Earth. With these ventures, private companies and entrepreneurs have the potential to outpace NASA as the leaders in a new space race.
Combining expert knowledge of astronomy and avant-garde technology, Chris Impey guides us through the heady possibilities for the next century of exploration. In twenty years, a vibrant commercial space industry will be operating. In thirty years, there will be small but viable colonies on the Moon and Mars. In fifty years, mining technology will have advanced enough to harvest resources from asteroids. In a hundred years, a cohort of humans born off-Earth will come of age without ever visiting humanity's home planet. This is not the stuff of science fiction but rather the logical extension of already available technologies.
Beyond shows that space exploration is not just the domain of technocrats, but the birthright of everyone and the destiny of generations to come. To continue exploration is to ensure our survival. Outer space, a limitless unknown, awaits us.
- Birth & Death of the Sun : Stellar Evolution & Subatomic EnergyISBN: 9780486442310
Title: Birth & Death of the Sun : Stellar Evolution & Subatomic Energy
Author: GAMOW GEORGE
- Blind Watchers of the Sky: The People & Ideas That Shaped Our View of the UniverseISBN: 9780201154962
Title: Blind Watchers of the Sky: The People & Ideas That Shaped Our View of the Universe
Author: KOLB ROCKY
- BlindsightISBN: 9780765319647
Author: WATTS PETER
An odd assortment of diplomats--including a linguist with a multiple personality disorder, a biologist spliced to machinery, a pacifist warrior, and a vampire--journeys to the far edges of the solar system to seek out a mysterious alien presence that may or may not want to meet with them and that may or may not be friendly toward Earth.
- Breaking the Chains of Gravity: The Story of Spaceflight Before NASAISBN: 9781472911186
Title: Breaking the Chains of Gravity: The Story of Spaceflight Before NASA
Author: TEITEL AMY SHIRA
NASA's history is a familiar story, culminating with the agency successfully landing men on the moon in 1969, but its prehistory is an important and rarely told tale. America's space agency drew together some of the best minds the non-Soviet world had to offer. At the end of World War II, Wernher von Braun escaped Nazi Germany and came to America where he began developing missiles for the United States Army. The engineer behind the V-2 rocket, von Braun dreamt of sending rockets into space. Ten years later his Jupiter rocket was the only one capable of launching a satellite into orbit.
The National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics and the U.S. Air Force, meanwhile, brought rocket technology into the world of manned flight. NACA test pilots like Neil Armstrong flew cutting-edge aircraft in the thin upper atmosphere while Air Force pilots rode to the fringes of space in balloons to see how humans handled radiation at high altitude.
Breaking the Chains of Gravity looks at the evolving roots of America's space program--the scientific advances, the personalities, and the rivalries between the various arms of the United States military. After the Soviet launch of Sputnik in 1957, getting a man in space suddenly became a national imperative, leading President Dwight D. Eisenhower to pull various pieces together to create the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.
- Bright Star Beatrice Hill Tinsley AstronomerISBN: 9781877340017
Title: Bright Star Beatrice Hill Tinsley Astronomer
Author: CATLEY CHRISTINE COLE
A New Zealand hero brought out of obscurity in this fascinating 445 page biography by author Christine Cole Catley. Beatrice Hill Tinsley showed astronomers new ways of thinking and taught teachers new ways of teaching. A lover of nature and a conservationist who idealised New Zealand, she was also a musician, a feminist, a battler for zero growth population growth and a champion of the oppressed. Her life is a classic study in the interaction of nature and nurture, genetics and environment. It is also an inspiring and unforgettable picture of a girl determined to be a scientist who grows up in provincial New Zealand and wins through to world renown.
Format: Trade paperback
- Burning Answer: A User's Guide To The Solar RevolutionISBN: 9781780225333
Title: Burning Answer: A User's Guide To The Solar Revolution
Author: BARNHAM KEITH
Our civilisation stands on the brink of catastrophe.
Our thirst for energy has led to threats from global warming, nuclear disaster and conflict in oil-rich countries.
We are running out of options.
Solar power, Keith Barnham argues, is the answer. In this eye-opening book, he shows how a solar revolution is developing based on one of Einstein's lesser known discoveries, one that gave us laptop computers and mobile phones.
An accessible guide to renewable technology and a hard-hitting critique of the arguments of solar sceptics, The Burning Answer outlines a future in which the fuel for electric cars will be generated on our rooftops. It is, above all, an impassioned call to arms to join the solar revolution before it's too late.
- Cambridge Photographic Star AtlasISBN: 9781107013469
Title: Cambridge Photographic Star Atlas
Author: MELLINGER AXEL & STOYAN RONALD
Using the latest methods in digital photography and image processing, The Cambridge Photographic Star Atlas presents the whole sky through large-scale photographic images with corresponding charts. Each double-page spread shows a section of the night sky and is accompanied by an inverted chart highlighting and naming double stars, variable stars, open clusters, galactic and planetary nebulae, globular clusters, and galaxies. The 82 large-scale charts, with a scale of 1 per cm, identify over 1500 deep-sky objects and 2500 stars. Providing a giant mosaic of the entire sky, this unique atlas is unparalleled in detail and completeness, making it indispensable for visual observers and astrophotographers."
- Case for MarsISBN: 9781451608113
Title: Case for Mars
Author: ZUBRIN & WAGNER & CLARKE
- Chasing the SunISBN: 9781416526124
Title: Chasing the Sun
Author: COHEN RICHARD
The Sun is so powerful, so much bigger than us, that it is a terrifying subject. Yet though we depend on it, we take it for granted. This book is a cultural and scientific history of our relationship with the star that gives us life.
- Chasing Venus: The Race to Measure the HeavensISBN: 9780099538325
Title: Chasing Venus: The Race to Measure the Heavens
Author: WULF ANDREA
On June 6, 1761, the world paused to observe a momentous occasion: the first transit of Venus between the Earth and the Sun in more than a century. Through that observation, astronomers could calculate the size of the solar system—but only if they could compile data from many different points of the globe, all recorded during the short period of the transit. Overcoming incredible odds and political strife, astronomers from Britain, France, Russia, Germany, Sweden, and the American colonies set up observatories in the remotest corners of the world, only to be thwarted by unpredictable weather and warring armies. Fortunately, transits of Venus occur in pairs; eight years later, they would have another opportunity to succeed.
Chasing Venusbrings to life the personalities of the astronomers who embarked upon this complex and essential venture and paints a vivid portrait of the collaborations, the rivalries, and the volatile international politics that hindered them at every turn. Thanks to these scientists, neither our conception of the universe nor the nature of scientific research would ever be the same.
- Compact Cosmos A Journey Through Space & TimeISBN: 9780802714558
Title: Compact Cosmos A Journey Through Space & Time
Author: TWEED MATT
Exploring the macrocosm from colossal galactic superclusters to quiet backwater planets, Matt Tweed offers a primer on the cosmos for anyone fascinated by the heavens. Taking a guided tour through the universe, we ride past quasars, jets, and galaxies to land on a curious world and examine an array of ideas about space and time. Tweed traces the evolution of stars and formation of planets, describing our "light bubble" and why we can't see any farther than we do. For a concise and accessible description of extra-solar planetary systems, black holes, pulsars, nebulae, great walls, dark matter, red shifts, and much more, The Compact Cosmos is an indispensable guide. Data tables, lists of cosmological constants, and distances from Earth to other bodies in space form a useful appendix.
- Copernicus Complex: The Quest for Our Cosmic (in)SignificanceISBN: 9780141974934
Title: Copernicus Complex: The Quest for Our Cosmic (in)Significance
Author: SCHARF CALEB
In The Copernicus Complex, the renowned astrophysicist and author Caleb Scharf takes us on a cosmic adventure like no other, from tiny microbes within the Earth to distant exoplanets and beyond, asserting that the age-old Copernican principle is in need of updating.
When Copernicus proposed that the Earth was not the fixed point at the centre of the known universe, he upended Western science. The notion that we on earth are not particularly unique has become a central tenet of our study of the cosmos ever since. Cosmology hints that our universe may be just one of a multitude of others - a single slice of an infinity of parallel realities. But the Copernican principle, Scharf argues, has never been entirely true - we do live at a particular time, in a particular location, under particular circumstances. To solve this conundrum we must put aside our Copernican worldview and embrace the possibility that many aspects of our cosmic home are genuinely special.
Weaving together cutting-edge science and classic storytelling, historical accounts and speculations on what the future holds, The Copernicus Complex presents a compelling argument for what our true cosmic status is, and proposes a way forward for the ultimate quest: to determine whether we are truly alone in the universe.
Praise for Gravity's Engines
'This is a book that is rich in the poetry of scientific language ...... Not only does Scharf know more about the universe than you or I do, he knows how to transmit his knowledge by deft use of analogy.' Nicholas Lezard, Guardian
'Scharf makes vivid the mind-boggling nature of the universe ...... there are bright beams of knowledge coming from this excellent book.' John Gribbin
'A virtuosic history of the universe ...... Scharf serves as an appealing tour guide to the eerie, infinite corridors of the cosmos in which we reside.' Prospect
'This book should be on your shelf if you want to know why our Universe is the way it is.' Focus
'Caleb Scharf is a lively and eloquent writer as well as a fine scientist. Gravity's Engines presents topics at the frontiers of our understanding which have not hitherto been presented so clearly to a general readership.' Sir Martin Rees
'Using rich language and a brilliant command of metaphor, Scharf weaves a wonderfully detailed tapestry of what modern astronomy is all about.' Nature
- Cosmic Gallery: The Most Beautiful Images of the UniverseISBN: 9781780878119
Title: Cosmic Gallery: The Most Beautiful Images of the Universe
Author: SPARROW GILES
The heavens are alive with breathtaking beauty: from the incandescent surface of the Sun to the shimmering tail of a comet; the birth of planets to the death of stars; the dancing shadows of Jupiter's moons to the silhouettes of eclipses. The Cosmic Gallery contemplates the entire cosmos as a grand celestial art exhibit. In six thematically organized chapters, Giles Sparrow presents an array of stunning images, ranging from easily seen phenomena to the most distant and intricate galaxies, providing the reader with an exciting and beautiful new perspective on the cosmos.
- CosmosISBN: 9780345539434
Author: SAGAN CARL
Cosmos is one of the bestselling science books of all time. In clear-eyed prose, Sagan reveals a jewel-like blue world inhabited by a life form that is just beginning to discover its own identity and to venture into the vast ocean of space. Featuring a new Introduction by Sagan’s collaborator, Ann Druyan, full color illustrations, and a new Foreword by astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, Cosmos retraces the fourteen billion years of cosmic evolution that have transformed matter into consciousness, exploring such topics as the origin of life, the human brain, Egyptian hieroglyphics, spacecraft missions, the death of the Sun, the evolution of galaxies, and the forces and individuals who helped to shape modern science
- Cosmos: An Infographic Book of SpaceISBN: 9781781314500
Title: Cosmos: An Infographic Book of Space
Author: LOWE STUART & NORTH CHRIS
The Universe is the ultimate in extremes and superlatives. The biggest. The heaviest. The oldest. The most powerful explosions. Even black holes - which can literally lead to regions "beyond" our infinite Universe. In this truly mind-blowing book, we use cutting edge infographics to illuminate - in a new a unique way - the most amazing places and objects that modern science has laid bare. Starting with the Big Bang itself, we explore the secret lives of galaxies and stars, and examine the thousand new planets now discovered beyond the Solar System - checking out their viability for alien life. And we chronicle the incredible instruments and machines are that are discovering the hidden secrets of the Universe, from 'telescopes' deep under the Antarctic ice to robotic explorers on distant worlds. And we investigate the astounding technology used by human astronauts as they push out beyond the Moon to Mars - and on towards the stars...
- Death by Black HoleISBN: 9780393330168
Title: Death by Black Hole
Author: TYSON NEIL DEGRASSE
"One of today's best popularizers of science."--"Kirkus Reviews" Loyal readers of the monthly "Universe" essays in "Natural History" magazine have long recognized Neil deGrasse Tyson's talent for guiding them through the mysteries of the cosmos with stunning clarity and childlike enthusiasm. Here Tyson compiles his favorite essays across a myriad of cosmic topics. The title essay introduces readers to the physics of black holes by explaining just what would happen to your body if you fell into one, while "Hollywood Nights" assails Hollywood's feeble efforts to get its night skies right. Tyson is the world's best-known astrophysicist, and he's at his best here, as a natural teacher who simplifies the complexities of astrophysics while sharing his infectious excitement for our universe.
Format: Trade paperback
- Death by Black Hole & Other Cosmic QuandariesISBN: 9780393350388
Title: Death by Black Hole & Other Cosmic Quandaries
Author: TYSON NEIL DEGRASSE
" Tyson] tackles a great range of subjects . . . with great humor, humility, and--most important-- humanity." --Entertainment Weekly Loyal readers of the monthly "Universe" essays in Natural History magazine have long recognized Neil deGrasse Tyson's talent for guiding them through the mysteries of the cosmos with clarity and enthusiasm. Bringing together more than forty of Tyson's favorite essays, ?Death by Black Hole? explores a myriad of cosmic topics, from what it would be like to be inside a black hole to the movie industry's feeble efforts to get its night skies right. One of America's best-known astrophysicists, Tyson is a natural teacher who simplifies the complexities of astrophysics while sharing his infectious fascination for our universe.
- Deep Space: Beyond the Solar System to the End of the Universe & the Beginning of TimeISBN: 9781579129781
Title: Deep Space: Beyond the Solar System to the End of the Universe & the Beginning of Time
Author: SCHILLING GOVERT
Govert Schilling explores the mysteries of space that lie beyond our solar system on this mind-bending trip to nebulae, galaxies, black holes, and the edge of the observable universe.Join Govert Schilling on a journey across the universe that will ignite the imagination. The trip begins inside our own solar system with a brief tour of the sun, the planets and their moons, asteroids, comets, and dwarf planets. We then accelerate into deep space, traveling from our interstellar neighborhood, through our own galaxy, the Milky Way, to the far reaches of the cosmos.With Schilling as our guide, we explore the birth of stars and stellar nurseries, such as the Orion and Carina Nebulae; the death of stars, from red giants to catastrophic supernova explosions; and galaxies and galaxy clusters beyond our own including spiral galaxies, elliptical galaxies, and lenticular galaxies. We learn about supermassive black holes, which astronomers now believe exist at the center of every galaxy including our own, and exoplanets, billions of which are believed to be orbiting stars in the Milky Way and beyond. The book concludes at the edge of the cosmological horizon with a look at dark matter, dark energy, and theories of extraterrestrial life and the Multiverse.Including hundreds of photographs and custom illustrations, as well as a star atlas that shows the full celestial sky, "Deep Space" is the perfect book for astronomy buffs, students, and anyone fascinated with the mystery and beauty of the cosmos.
- Deep-Sky Wonders: A Tour of the Universe with Sky & Telescope's Sue FrenchISBN: 9781554077939
Title: Deep-Sky Wonders: A Tour of the Universe with Sky & Telescope's Sue French
Author: FRENCH SUE
a new collection i> sky and telescope's popular columnist. p>
sue french's elegant, informative monthly columns in sky and i> magazine have won this astronomy writer passionate following among astronomy enthusiasts. in 2005, french published 60 of these columns in celestial i>, book that garnered rave reviews and earned bestseller p>
deep-sky b> is welcome expansion of that winning format. new collection of the best of french's "deep-sky wonders" columns, the book is organized by season and subdivided into months, offering readers total of 100 in-depth tours of the deep sky with enduring p>
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- full-color photographs and detailed sketches of each tour
- descriptions of double and variable stars, star clusters, nebulae, galaxies and exotics
- historical and scientific background of particular interest
- a tabular listing of the deep-sky sights
- color charts showing the position of each target in the night sky
- an index to all of the deep-sky objects covered. ul>
deep-sky b> also features variety of challenging objects that encourage observers to test the limits of their equipment and skills. fragments of poetry and prose enliven the text, while each tour illuminates little-known seasonal wonders that lie off the beaten path. from january journey down the celestial river eridanus to an autumnal visit to the den of vulpecula, the little fox, french brings the wonders of the sky to p>
suitable for beginning and intermediate small-scope astronomers as well as large-scope viewers and astrophotographers, this book will be greeted enthusiastically by all sky and i> readers, especially french's many fans. it is also an outstanding introduction to deep-sky viewing for novice p>
- Destination Mars New Explorations of the Red PlanetISBN: 9781616145897
Title: Destination Mars New Explorations of the Red Planet
Author: PYLE ROD
In the next decade, NASA, by itself and in collaboration with the European Space Agency, is planning a minimum of four separate missions to Mars. Clearly, exciting times are ahead for Mars exploration. This is an insiders look into the amazing projects now being developed here and abroad to visit the legendary red planet. Drawing on his contacts at NASA and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, the author provides stunning insights into the history of Mars exploration and the difficulties and dangers of traveling there. After an entertaining survey of the human fascination with Mars over the centuries, the author offers an introduction to the geography, geology, and water processes of the planet. He then briefly describes the many successful missions by NASA and others to that distant world. But failure and frustration also get their due. As the author makes clear, going to Mars is not, and never will be, easy. Later in the book, he describes in detail what each upcoming mission will involve. In the second half of the book, he offers the reader a glimpse inside the world of Earth-based "Mars analogs," places on Earth where scientists are conducting research in hostile environments that are eerily "Martian." Finally, he constructs a probable scenario of a crewed expedition to Mars, so that readers can see how earlier robotic missions and human Earth simulations will fit together. All this is punctuated by numerous firsthand interviews with some of the finest Mars explorers of our day, including Stephen Squyres (Mars Exploration Rover), Bruce Murray (former director of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory), and Peter Smith (chief of the Mars Phoenix Lander and the upcoming OSIRIS-REx missions). These stellar individuals give us an insiders view of the difficulties and rewards of roaming the red planet. The authors infectious enthusiasm and firsthand knowledge of the international space industry combine to make a uniquely appealing and accessible book about Mars.
- Elegant UniverseISBN: 9780099289920
Title: Elegant Universe
Author: GREENE BRIAN
Greene, one of the world's leading string theorists, peels away the layers of mystery to reveal a universe of 11 dimensions where the fabric of space tears and repairs itself, in this ""New York Times"" bestseller that features a new Preface and Epilogue.
- Expanding Universe: Photographs from the Hubble Space TelescopeISBN: 9783836549226
Title: Expanding Universe: Photographs from the Hubble Space Telescope
Author: EDWARDS OWEN ET AL
Time, space, and a telescope: Hubble's most magnificent images With investigations into everything from black holes to exoplanets, the Hubble Telescope has changed not only the face of astronomy, but also our very sense of being in the universe. On the 25th anniversary of its launch into low-earth orbit, TASCHEN celebrates its most breathtaking deep space images both as scientific feats and as photographic masterpieces. Ultra high-resolution and taken with almost no background light, these pictures have answered some of the most compelling questions of time and space, while also revealing new mysteries, like the strange "dark energy" that sees the universe expanding at an ever-accelerated rate. In generous square format with several foldouts, the pictures mesmerize in their iridescent colors, intricate textures, and vast, fragile forms. The collection is accompanied by an essay from photography critic Owen Edwards and an interview with Zoltan Levay, who explains how the pictures are composed. Veteran Hubble astronauts Charles F. Bolden, Jr. and John Mace Grunsfeld also offer their insights on Hubble's legacy and future space exploration. Text in English, French, and German
- Exploring the Night Sky with BinocularsISBN: 9780521793902
Title: Exploring the Night Sky with Binoculars
Author: MOORE PATRICK