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Astronomy for dummies

Author: Stephen P Maran
Publisher: Hoboken, N.J. : Wiley ; Chichester : John Wiley [distributor], ©2013.
Series: --For dummies.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 3rd edView all editions and formats
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From asteroids to black holes, this easy-to-understand guide takes you on a grand tour of the universe, and provides an easy-to-follow introduction to the night sky.
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ISBN: 9781118376973 1118376978
OCLC Number: 802294605
Notes: Previous edition: 2005.
Includes index.
Description: xviii, 338 pages, [8] pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm.
Contents: Introduction --
Part I. Stalking the cosmos : Seeing the light: the art and science of astronomy : Astronomy: the science of observation ; What you see: the language of light ; Gravity: a force to be reckoned with ; Space: a commotion of motion --
Join the crowd: skywatching activities and resources : You're not alone: astronomy clubs, websites, smartphone apps and more ; Visiting observatories and planetariums ; Vacationing with the stars: star parties, eclipse trips, dark sky parks, and more --
The way you watch tonight: terrific tools for observing the skies : Seeing stars: a sky geography prim ; Beginning with naked-eye observation ; Using binoculars or a telescope for a better view ; Planning your first steps into astronomy --
Just passing through: meteors, comets, and artificial satellites : Meteors: wishing on a shooting star ; Comets: the lowdown on dirty ice balls ; Artificial satellites: enduring a love-hate relationship --
Part II. Going once around the solar system : A matched pair: Earth and its moon : Putting earth under the astronomical microscope ; Examining Earth's time, seasons and age ; Making sense of the moon --
Earth's near neighbors: Mercury, Venus, and Mars : Mercury: weird, hot and mostly metal ; Dry acidic, and hilly: steering clear of Venus ; Red, cold, and barren: uncovering the mysteries of Mars ; Differentiating Earth through comparative planetology ; Observing the terrestrial planets with ease --
Rock on: the asteroid belt and near-Earth objects : Taking a brief tour of the asteroid belt ; Understanding the threat that near-Earth objects pose ; Searching for small points of light --
Great balls of gas: Jupiter and Saturn : The pressure's on: journeying inside Jupiter and Saturn ; Almost a star: gazing at Jupiter ; Our main planetary attraction: setting your sights on Saturn --
Far out!: Uranus, Neptune, Pluto, and beyond : Breaking the ice with Uranus and Neptune ; Meeting Pluto, planet or not ; Buckling down to the Kuiper belt ; Viewing the other planets --
Part III. Meeting Old Sol and other stars : The sun: star of the Earth : Surveying the sunscape ; Don't make a blinding mistake: safe techniques for solar viewing ; Fun with the sun: solar observation --
Taking a trip to the stars : Life cycles of the not and massive ; Star color, brightness, and mass ; Eternal partners: binary and multiple stars ; Change is good: variable stars ; Your stellar neighbors ; How to help scientists by observing the stars ; Star studies to aid with your brain and computer --
Galaxies: the Milky Way and beyond : Unwrapping the Milky Way ; Star clusters: meeting galactic associates ; Taking a shine to nebulae ; Getting a grip on galaxies ; Joining Galaxy Zoo for fun and science --
Digging into black holes and quasars : Black holes: Keeping your distance ; Quasars: defying definitions ; Active galactic nuclei: welcome to the quasar family --
Part IV. Pondering the remarkable universe : Is anybody out there?: SETI and planets of other suns : Using Drake's equation to discuss SETI ; SETI projects: listening for E.T. ; Discovering alien worlds ; Astrobiology: how's life on other worlds? --
Delving into dark matter and antimatter : Dark matter: understanding the universal glue ; Taking a shot in the dark: searching for dark matter ; Dueling antimatter: proving that opposites attract --
The Big Bang and the evolution of the universe : Evidence for the Big Bang ; Inflation: a swell time in the universe ; Dark energy: the universal accelerator ; Universal info pulled for the cosmic microwave background ; In a galaxy far away: standard candles and the Hubble constant ; The fate of the universe --
Part V. The part of tens : Ten strange facts about astronomy and space : You have tiny meteorites in your hair ; A comet's tail often leads the way ; Earth is made of rare and unusual matter ; High tide comes on both sides of the Earth at the same time ; On Venus, the rain never falls on the plain ; Rocks from Mars dot the Earth ; Pluto was discovered from the predictions of a false theory ; Sunspots are not dark ; A star in plain view may have exploded, but no one knows ; You may have seen the Big Bang on an old television --
Ten common errors about astronomy and space : "The light from that star took 1,000 light-years to reach Earth" ; A freshly fallen meteorite is still hot ; Summer always comes when Earth is closest to the sun ; The back of the moon is dark ; The "morning star" is a star ; If you vacation in the asteroid belt, you'll see asteroids all around you ; Nuking a "killer asteroid" on a collision course for Earth will save us ; The sun is an average star ; The Hubble Telescope gets up close and personal ; The Big Bang is dead --
Part VI. Appendixes : Appendix A. Star maps --
Appendix B. Glossary.
Series Title: --For dummies.
Responsibility: by Stephen P. Maran.

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