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Astronomical enigmas : life on Mars, the Star of Bethlehem, and other Milky Way mysteries

Author: Mark R Kidger
Publisher: Baltimore : Johns Hopkins University Press, 2005.
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Provides answers to questions about the universe and its composition, history, and future. Discusses historical mysteries in astronomy, including Stonehenge and the identity of the star of Bethlehem. Examines today's controversial questions about Mars, Pluto, and the moon. Addresses future astronomy issues, such as whether an asteroid will cause destruction on earth and if climate changes will turn the planets into  Read more...

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Genre/Form: Popular works
Ouvrages de vulgarisation
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Mark R Kidger
ISBN: 0801880262 9780801880261
OCLC Number: 54989210
Description: vi, 297 pages : illustrations (some color), maps (some color) ; 25 cm
Contents: Why study the universe? --
What our forebears knew. Stonehenge : monument or megalithic observatory? ; How did the stars get their names? ; What was the Christmas star? ; How do we know when comet Halley was seen? --
Looking around our solar system. Our moon : nearest neighbor, and hot property? ; Is there life on Mars? ; Pluto : impostor or king of the outer darkness? ; How astronomers learn without going anywhere --
Triumph or disaster? Clear and present danger : will we be the next dinosaurs? ; Goldilocks and the three planets ; Going to the planets? ; Are we stardust? ; Manned spaceflight at the crossroads.
Responsibility: Mark Kidger.
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Witty, engaging, and accessible, Astronomical Enigmas is a terrific way for anyone who is fascintated by the skies to learn how much we know about our solar system-and how much there still is to  Read more...


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In 12 delightful chapters, astronomer Kidger takes us on a tour of the solar system, addressing an array of fascinating questions... a joy to read. Publishers Weekly 2005 He answers questions that Read more...

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