The Complete Idiot's Guide to Astronomy, 2e

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Penguin, Aug 1, 2001 - Science - 464 pages
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Although it's been around for more than 5,500 years, astronomers say that we've learned more than 90 percent of what we know about the universe in just the last 50 years. Of this body of knowledge, a disproportionate amount has been acquired in the past decade, with each new year yielding more information than the last.

The Complete Idiot's Guide® to Astronomy, Second Edition, covers these new advances and discoveries.


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A good representation of the state of astronomy, that's a little repetitious at times (I believe this is due to multiple authors and overlapping topics). It gave the overview that I wanted, and in a ... Read full review


Part1 Finding Our Place in Space
Variations on an Optical Theme
You and Your Telescope
Overthe Rainbow
Chapter8 Seeing in the Dark
Pioneers and Voyagers
OneWay Tickets
Measuring the Milky
Milky Way Portrait
A Galaxy of Galaxies
Irregular Galactic Embrace
Moving Out of Town
The BigQuestions
What About the Big Bang?

A Walk Around the Block
Solar System Home Movie
Solar System Family Snapshot
Stellar Careers
The Life and Death of a HighMass Star
Neutron Stars
We Have a Problem
Appendix A Star Words Glossary
Appendix B Upcoming Eclipses
The Messier Catalog
Appendix E Sources for Astronomers

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About the author (2001)

Christopher De Pree, Ph.D., is an assistant professor at Agnes Scott College in Decatur, Georgia, where he teaches physics and astronomy. He received his Ph.D. in Physics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1996. Professor De Pree is the Director of Bradley Observatory and author of numerous scientific articles on the topic of massive star formation. He is co-author of Recent Advances and Issues in Astronomy (Greenwood Press, 2001).

Alan Axelrod, Ph.D., is the author of more than 20 books, including three Complete Idiot's Guides®, Patton on Leadership: Strategic Lessons for Corporate Warfare (Prentice Hall Press, 1999), and Elizabeth I, CEO: Strategic Lessons from the Leader Who Built an Empire (Prentice Hall Press, 2000). A resident of Atlanta, Georgia, he holds a Ph.D. in American Literature and Culture from the University of Iowa.

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