Death from the Skies!: The Science Behind the End of the World (Google eBook)

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Penguin, Oct 16, 2008 - Science - 336 pages
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With wit, humor, and an infectious love of astronomy that could win over even the science-phobic, this fun and fascinating book reminds us that outer space is anything but remote. The scientist behind the popular website badastronomy.com, Philip Plait presents some of the most fearsome end-of-the-world calamities (for instance, incoming asteroids and planet-swallowing black holes), demystifies the scientific principles at work behind them, and gives us the odds that any of them will step out of the realm of sci-fi to disrupt our quiet corner of the cosmos. The result is a book that is both terrifying and entertaining?a tour of the violent universe we live in, written with an enthusiasm that every stargazer will appreciate.


  

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Contents

VIRAL ADVERTISING
BUG IN THE SYSTEM
WHERE ARE THEY?
ARE WE ALONE?
TALK IS CHEAP
TO BOLDLY GO
IN SPACE NO ONE CAN HEAR YOU SCREAM
SUNRISE SUNSET

ODDS AND ENDS
MY SUN THE STAR
CURRENT EVENTS
MAGNETIC BUBBLE COIL AND TROUBLE
A FLARE FOR DANGER
HALO HOW YOU DOING?
RINGING THE DOORBELL
CLIMATE OF CHANGE
HOT PLANETS AND HOT AIR
A STAR IS BORN
THE LIFE OF A STAR
RAGE RAGE INTO THE NIGHT
ROUGH NEIGHBORHOOD
SIRIUS DANGER?
COSMICRAY GUN
BLAST FROM THE PAST
THE CYCLE OF LIFE
GOLD WAR HOT NEWS
THE VIEW FROM AFAR
KABOOM
THE GRAVITY OF THE SITUATION
BEAM ME OUT
THIS IS NOW THAT WAS THEN
BEAMING WITH CONFIDENCE
SHORT BUT NOT SWEET
THE FUTURE IS BRIGHT
THE HOLE TRUTH
IVE FALLEN AND I CANT GET UP
TIME OUT
PASTATA
FRIED BY THE LIGHT
JUST PASSING THROUGH
BLACK HOLETTES
MAN HOLE
THATS LIFE
A BRIEF HISTORY OF THE SOLAR SYSTEM
MARTIAN CHRONICLES
THERE ARE THOSE WHO BELIEVE LIFEHEREBEGANOUT THERE
THE SUN AS A NORMAL STAR
THE BRIGHTENING OF THE SUN
THE SUN AS A SUBGIANT
THE SUN AS A RED GIANT
DAVID AND GOLIATH
THE HELIUM FLASH AND CORE HELIUM FUSION
HELIUM EXHAUSTION
THE SUN AS A WHITE DWARF
THE LONG DESCENT INTO NIGHT
THERES NO PLACE LIKE HOME
THE SUBURBS
A CLOUDY FUTURE
PLANE FLIGHT
MONSTER IN THE MIDDLE
ANDROMEDA STRAIN
A NOTE ON EXPONENTIAL NOTATION
DEEP TIME
AVERYBRIEF HISTORY OF THE UNIVERSE
T + 1043SECOND TO TODAY
HOW WE KNOW WHATS SO
THE AGES OF THE UNIVERSE
T + 1081015YEARS
LOST HORIZON
THE FAULT LIES IN THE STARS
T + 10151040YEARS
GALACTIC PERCOLATION
PROTON DECAY
T + 10401092YEARS
T + 1092 YEARS
REBIRTH?
DOWN THE LONG STAIRCASE
ASTEROID AND COMET IMPACTS
SUPERNOVAE AND GAMMARAY BURSTS
ALIEN ATTACK
DEATH OF THE SUN
DEATH OF THE COSMOS
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About the author (2008)

Phil Plait, Ph.D. is a NASA-funded research astronomer with more than ten years of professional experience. He has written astronomy articles for magazines such as Astronomy, Muse, and Space Illustrated, and has been published in the Boston Globe. Plait has appeared on national radio and TV programs, including the Sci-Fi Channel’s “Countdown to Doomsday” documentary.

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