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An accessible guide to the wonders of the night sky, now updated
From asteroids to black holes, from quasars to white dwarfs, this new edition of Astronomy For Dummies takes backyard stargazers on a grand tour of the universe. Featuring star maps, charts, gorgeous full-color photographs, and easy-to-follow explanations, this fact-filled guide gives readers a leg up on the basic principles of astronomy and shows how to get the most out of binoculars, telescopes, planetarium ...
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An accessible guide to the wonders of the night sky, now updated
From asteroids to black holes, from quasars to white dwarfs, this new edition of Astronomy For Dummies takes backyard stargazers on a grand tour of the universe. Featuring star maps, charts, gorgeous full-color photographs, and easy-to-follow explanations, this fact-filled guide gives readers a leg up on the basic principles of astronomy and shows how to get the most out of binoculars, telescopes, planetarium visits, and other fun astronomical activities. This updated edition includes an updated color signature and covers the many discoveries made in recent years, as well as new astronomy Web sites.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780764584657
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 4/25/2005
  • Series: For Dummies Series
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 344
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.72 (d)

Meet the Author

Stephen P. Maran, PhD, is a 36-year veteran of the space program who has worked on numerous NASA projects, including the Hubble Space Telescope. He is the press officer of the American Astronomical Society.
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Table of Contents

Introduction.

Part I: Stalking the Cosmos.

Chapter 1: Seeing the Light: The Art and Science of Astronomy.

Chapter 2: Join the Crowd: Skywatching Activities and Resources.

Chapter 3: The Way You Watch Tonight: Terrific Tools for Observing the Skies.

Chapter 4: Just Passing Through: Meteors, Comets, and Artificial Satellites.

Part II: Going Once Around the Solar System.

Chapter 5: A Matched Pair: Earth and Its Moon.

Chapter 6: Earth’s Near Neighbors: Mercury, Venus, and Mars.

Chapter 7: Rock On: The Asteroid Belt and Near-Earth Objects.

Chapter 8: Great Balls of Gas: Jupiter and Saturn.

Chapter 9: Far Out! Uranus, Neptune, Pluto, and Beyond.

Part III: Meeting Old Sol and Other Stars.

Chapter 10: The Sun: Star of the Earth.

Chapter 11: Taking a Trip to the Stars.

Chapter 12: Galaxies: The Milky Way and Beyond.

Chapter 13: Digging into Black Holes and Quasars.

Part IV: Pondering the Remarkable Universe.

Chapter 14: Is Anybody Out There? SETI and Planets of Other Suns.

Chapter 15: Delving into Dark Matter and Antimatter.

Chapter 16: The Big Bang and the Evolution of the Universe.

Part V: The Part of Tens.

Chapter 17: Ten Strange Facts about Astronomy and Space.

Chapter 18: Ten Common Errors about Astronomy and Space.

Part VI: Appendixes.

Appendix A: Finding the Planets: 2006 to 2010.

Appendix B: Star Maps.

Appendix C: Glossary.

Index.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 3, 2000

    A great starter book!

    I've become quite fond of the 'for Dummies' series and this book was a great addition to my collection (one of the few I have read cover to cover). It has great coverage of the planets, their moons and the objects further out. There are many sidebars to explain the more technical aspects of objects we see in the night sky. It is a very current and up-to-date book and my overall impression was very good. I would expect a dry text from an author with a Ph.D. but this was very light and with plenty of humor included. It suggests software and hardware, plenty of references to Web sites, even covering SETI. I would highly recommend this book to anyone with an interest in the heavens above.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 2, 2012

    Disappointed in the book

    It wasn't helpful as I thought it would be, I was looking for a book that would tell about the stars and also the layout of the stars. I wanted to learn about the stars history also. Not the book I thought it would be like I said in the beginning.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 7, 2012

    Very helpful

    Great starter book for amature astronomers

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 26, 2009

    Big help!

    I bought this book for my daughter as a help to an Astronomy class she is taking. The book helped her get on track. She was previously getting 50's and now she is getting A's and B's. Sometimes putting things in "laymen'" terms is all that is needed.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 5, 2012

    Outstanding Astronomy for us Dummies

    This book is just what I was looking for in an astronomy learning book. It is clear and informative. I will be referring to it over and over again.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 5, 2013

    Very bad

    Expensive is what comes to mind. Not worth it nothing to get you started in your journey into astronomy no star charts no planet locations.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 20, 2006

    amazing

    as an astronomey lover myself this book has been an eyeopening adventure through space i will read it over and over again

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