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Astronomy For Dummies

Astronomy For Dummies

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by Stephen P. Maran
     
 

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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

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780764584657
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
04/25/2005
Series:
For Dummies Series
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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Astronomy for Dummies 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great starter book for amature astronomers
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Sharon60 More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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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Guest More than 1 year ago
as an astronomey lover myself this book has been an eyeopening adventure through space i will read it over and over again