The universal book of astronomy: from the Andromeda Galaxy to the zone of avoidance

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Wiley, 2004 - Science - 570 pages
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A dynamic, alphabetical tour of our mysterious universe–from the A Star to the ZZ Ceti Star and everything in betwee

"We are all part of this astonishing creation–our very bodies fashioned of atoms that were made inside giant stars long ago. Bring only your imagination and the courage needed to gaze up and out across 1.5 billion light-years!"
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The Universal Book of Astronomy compiles more than 3,000 extensively cross-referenced entries to cover every noted star, planet, authority, and telescope that has influenced our modern understanding of the universe. Spanning everything from major observatories and space telescopes to biographies of astronomers throughout the centuries, The Universal Book of Astronomy showcases an extraordinary array of newfound wonders, including microquasars, brown dwarfs, and dark energy, as well as a host of individual comets, asteroids, moons, planets, stars, nebulas, and galaxies. A one-stop reference for the seasoned astronomer as well as the starry-eyed layperson, The Universal Book of Astronomy is further complemented by

    LI>More than 200 illustrations throughoutLI>Eight vibrant pages of color photographsLI>Succinct articles on astronomy’s esteemed history and technologyLI>The fascinating biographies of those who shaped, and continue to shape, our knowledge of this infinite universe

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Science writer Darling (The Complete Book of Spaceflight; Equations of Eternity) has created a first-rate resource for readers and students of popular astronomy and general science. Unlike The ... Read full review

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DAVID DARLING, Ph.D., is the author of The Complete Book of Spaceflight (Wiley); Life Everywhere; The Extraterrestrial Encyclopedia; Deep Time; Equations of Eternity (a New York Times Notable Book); Soul Search; and Zen Physics. He received his doctorate in astronomy from the University of Manchester, England, and now lives with his family in rural Minnesota.
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