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Posted December 20, 2002
When I first opened this book, I thought it would be more about our own solar system with some discussion about "important" constellations. While these topics are covered, there is so much more in this book. The book starts off with a "history" of astronomy, detailing several astronomers of the past including Gailileo, Copernicus, and Newton to name a few. Then there are several chapters devoted to observing the skies, with information about how telescopes work, a guide to choosing one, and other ways (radio waves, infrared and ultraviolet light, etc) to view the stars. Subsequent chapters describe our moon, the solar system planets, and the stars beyond. I discovered that the Jovian planets really don't have solid surfaces, instead their worlds are virtually all gaseous. There are also chapters on the odds of life in the galaxy and even how the universe may have begun and how it will end. The book's appendices also have lots of information such as a list of upcoming solar and lunar eclipses, a list of constellations, and other sources of information. I learned quite a bit about the cosmos from reading this book.
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Posted June 21, 2013
This book is copyrighted 2001, published 2002--that's over a decade ago (as of June 2013). Too many advances have been made in astronomy since that time.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.