Barron's Pocket Factbook: Astronomy: Essential Facts about the Universe

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Is there life outside the Earth? What is a black hole? What was the weight of the Apollo spacecraft? This compact guide presents essential facts about the solar system, galaxies in deep space, manned space flights, space stations and probes, and much more. Each title in Barron's Pocket Factbooks seroes focuses on one of the natural or social sciences. It presents fascinating, sometimes little-known facts about its subject, as well as answers to frequently-asked questions. These books make handy reference sources ...

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Overview

Is there life outside the Earth? What is a black hole? What was the weight of the Apollo spacecraft? This compact guide presents essential facts about the solar system, galaxies in deep space, manned space flights, space stations and probes, and much more. Each title in Barron's Pocket Factbooks seroes focuses on one of the natural or social sciences. It presents fascinating, sometimes little-known facts about its subject, as well as answers to frequently-asked questions. These books make handy reference sources for students, freelance writers, and general readers who are interested in finding out the how, where, when, and why—the specific facts and details relating to science, technology, natural history, and social history. All titles in this series are filled with attractive color photos and illustrations.

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KLIATT - Janet Julian
Seven lavishly illustrated chapters inform readers about theories of the origin of the universe, studying space, the solar system, stars and constellations, the composition of the universe, galaxies, and space exploration. Students will read about the Big Bang theory, how the universe may end, what stars and planets are made of, black holes, eclipses, the lifecycle of a star, nebulae, going supernova, antimatter, dark matter, the Milky Way, how rockets work, Projects Mercury, Vostok, and Gemini, the Apollo program, the space shuttle, and space probes. Students can discover how much they would weigh on Jupiter, whether Pluto is a "real" planet, and what happens when galaxies collide. Reviewer: Janet Julian
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780764135002
  • Publisher: Barron's Educational Series, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/28/2006
  • Series: Barron's Pocket Factbooks
  • Pages: 144
  • Product dimensions: 4.70 (w) x 7.00 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Mike Flynn is associated with the British Science Museum and has written extensively on scientific and mathematical topics.

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