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Alpha and Omega: The Search for the Beginning and the End of the Universe
by Charles Seife Details
Today we are at the brink of discoveries that should soon reveal the deepest secrets of the universe and this book helps you understand them. It makes cutting-edge science both clear and exciting.
Astronomy for the utterly confused
by Terry Jay Jones Details
Here an astronomy professor and a popular science writer team up to fill you in on all the essentials of modern astronomy. From the solar system and the constellations to space-time, gravity, and quantum physics, you'll go on a fascinating journey through the cosmos, becoming acquainted with the most recent astronomical phenomena and concepts, and dozens of fun facts.
Astronomy: A Self-Teaching Guide
by Dinah Moche Details
This guide is great for beginners who want to learn the basics of astronomy. It covers everything from the planets and comets to the life cycles of stars.
Celestial Delights: The Best Astronomical Events Through 2010
by Francis Reddy Details
This book is several things in one: an introduction to astronomy; a history of phenomenal celestial events; and a calendar of upcoming such events.
Chasing Venus : the race to measure the heavens
by Andrea Wulf Details
"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 the transit could be viewed at the same time from many locations. Overcoming incredible odds and political strife, astronomers from Britain, France, Russia, Germany, Sweden, and the American colonies set up observatories in remote corners of the world only to have their efforts thwarted by unpredictable weather and warring armies. Fortunately, transits of Venus occur in pairs: eight years later, the scientists were given a second chance to get it right. Chasing Venus brings to life this extraordinary endeavor: the personalities of eighteenth-century astronomy, the collaborations, discoveries, personal rivalries, volatile international politics, and the race to be first to measure the distances between the planets"--Provided by publisher.
From Here to Infinity: A Beginner's Guide to Astronomy
by John Gribbin Details
"From Here to Infinity" presents the proven facts as well as theories that are currently being debated and investigated. It includes many beautiful photographs and detailed diagrams.
Handy Astronomy Answer Book
by Charles Liu Details
This book provides information about areas of astronomy that people are commonly interested in, in clear language with a no-nonsense format.
Simple Stargazing: A First-Time Starwatcher's Guide
by Anton Vamplew Details
This guide provides insightful tips as well as maps of the sky to help amateur stargazers have an incredible experience.
Stars and Planets: The Most Complete Guide to the Stars, Planets, Galaxies, and the Solar System
by Ian Ridpath Details
This updated edition of a classic astronomy text has it all: detailed charts of all 88 constellations that can be viewed from Earth; data and descriptions of each planet and major star in our galaxy; moon maps and descriptions of lunar features; and tips for choosing the best stargazing equipment for any budget.
Turn Left at Orion: A Hundred Night Sky Objects to See in a Small Telescope -- and How to Find Them
by Guy Consolmagno Details
"Turn Left at Orion" provides all the information you need to observe the Moon, the planets, and more celestial objects. Large diagrams show these objects exactly as they appear in a small telescope, and for each object there is information on the current state of our astronomical knowledge.
Updated 11/25/2014
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