Astronomy For Dummies

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John Wiley & Sons, Mar 11, 2010 - Science - 336 pages
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An accessible guide to the wonders of the night sky, now updated
From asteroids to black holes, from quasars to white dwarfs, this new edition of Astronomy For Dummies takes backyard stargazers on a grand tour of the universe. Featuring star maps, charts, gorgeous full-color photographs, and easy-to-follow explanations, this fact-filled guide gives readers a leg up on the basic principles of astronomy and shows how to get the most out of binoculars, telescopes, planetarium visits, and other fun astronomical activities. This updated edition includes an updated color signature and covers the many discoveries made in recent years, as well as new astronomy Web sites.
  

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User Review  - Anne-Marie G - Goodreads

Fun read, I learned a lot! Read full review

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User Review  - Michael - Goodreads

This is a great book! Everything you need to know in detail, but not too much detail. The moon, planets, solar system, stars, galaxies, dark matter, the Universe, and everything in between is in here. Links to websites, groups, charts, telescopes et al. Start here. Read full review

Contents

Introduction
1
Meeting Old Sol and Other Stars 143
4
Stalking the Cosmos
7
Join the Crowd Skywatching Activities and Resources
29
The Way You Watch Tonight Terrific Tools for Observing the Skies
41
Just Passing Through Meteors Comets and Artificial Satellites
57
Going Once Around the Solar System
75
Earths Near Neighbors Mercury Venus and Mars
97
Galaxies The Milky Way and Beyond
197
Digging into Black Holes and Quasars
219
Pondering the Remarkable Universe
231
Delving into Dark Matter and Antimatter
245
The Big Bang and the Evolution of the Universe
253
The Part of Tens
263
Ten Common Errors about Astronomy and Space
269
Appendixes
273

Rock On The Asteroid Belt and NearEarth Objects
115
Great Balls of Gas Jupiter and Saturn
123
Far Out Uranus Neptune Pluto and Beyond
135
Meeting Old Sol and Other Stars
143
Taking a Trip to the Stars
169
Finding the Planets 2006 to 2010
275
Star Maps
293
Glossary
301
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About the author (2010)

Stephen P. Maran, PhD, is a 36-year veteran of the space program who has worked on numerous NASA projects, including the Hubble Space Telescope. He is the press officer of the American Astronomical Society.

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