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A high-energy chronicle of the belief about a flat earth challenges popular conceptions to reveal how flat-earth beliefs were prevalent throughout the nineteenth century as well as ancient civilizations, in an account that reveals the cultural and religious sources of flat-earth belief systems.
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The development of lunar orbiters has afforded humans the opportunity to observe, for the first time, the rugged and cratered landscape of the far side of the moon. Byrne (formerly, systems engineer, Apollo Program for Lunar Orbiter Photography) has taken the best of the images, reprocessed them to remove the inevitable scanning defects, and assembled them into a magnificent atlas that illustrates this previously unknown land in exquisite detail.
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May, lead guitarist for Queen and a freshly minted astrophysics Ph.D., joins forces with legendary astronomer Patrick Moore and astrophysicist Chris Lintott in "Bang!" to consider the history of the universe from the Big Bang to Heat Death.
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Author Bone avoids mathematics but has filled his book with lovely color photographs of aurorae, north and south. He describes the atmosphere and the solar-terrestrial properties that drive the auroral events.
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Casoli (Universite Paris-Sud II) and Encrenaz (Observatoire de Paris) integrate the artistic with the world of facts to enhance reader understanding and produce a visually beautiful work that describes the astronomical search for planets around stars outside our solar system.
  • Demonstrates how to observe the stars with binoculars or the naked eye, introduces the main constellations, and describes how astronomers study the universe.
  • Denis Berthier has spent thirty years observing the night sky from within a city and his practical guide will enable amateur astronomers to observe and photograph stars, planets and other celestial objects from their own town. It is becoming more and more difficult to find an observing site with clear, dark skies away from light and industrial pollution. However, by choosing the right targets to observe, with patience and simple equipment, amateur astronomers can still find observing from towns and cities to be a rewarding hobby. Denis Berthier is the French journalist who has been passionate about astronomy for the last thirty years. He has been Laureate of the French Association for Astronomy and has published numerous papers on astronomical photography and instrument construction.
Encyclopedias
  • An encyclopedia of information about the universe covers the history and science of astronomy in three thousand entries on comets, asteroids, moons, planets, stars, nebulas, and galaxies, featuring two hundred illustrations and eight pages of color photographs designed to heighten the readers understanding of the universe.
  • Answers to questions about space and space travel are provided in a reference that encompasses explanations of all aspects of space, including planets, telescopes, the origins of the universe, and discoveries made by Nicolaus Copernicus, Edwin Hubble, and Stephen Hawking, among other distinguished scientists.
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This complete reference provides a wealth of practical information covering all aspects of amateur astronomy. Organized thematically for ease of use, it covers observing techniques, telescopes and observatories, internet resources, and the objects that can be studied. Those new to the field will find tips, techniques and plans on how to begin their quest, and more advanced observers will find useful advice on how to get more from their hobby. Michael E. Bakich obtained a bachelors degree in Astronomy from Ohio State University and a masters degree in Planetarium Education from Michigan State University. He has written numerous original planetarium programs, and gives lectures on astronomy to groups of all ages. He is also a tour guide to eclipses and astro-archaeological sites. Bakich has written two previous books: The Cambridge Planetary Handbook (2000) and The Cambridge Guide to the Constellations (1995), both published by Cambridge University Press.
An encyclopedia of information about the universe covers the history and science of astronomy in three thousand entries on comets, asteroids, moons, planets, stars, nebulas, and galaxies, featuring two hundred illustrations and eight pages of color photographs designed to heighten the readers understanding of the universe.
Exceptional full-color photographs representing the latest captures from space telescopes and detailed digital artwork enhance a comprehensive study of the world of outer space, from Earth's closest neighbors in the solar system to the farthest galaxies, documenting the planets, their moons, stars, galaxies, supernovas, and other celestial phenomena.
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