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Although Astronomy has been around for more than 5,500 years, astronomers say that we've learned more than 90% of what we know about the universe in just the last 50-and much of that in the last decade! The Complete Idiot's Guide(r) to Astronomy, Fourth Edition, continues to be the most comprehensive introduction to the topic, covering all the latest advances and discoveries, including:
• The demotion of Pluto and promotion of Ceres as planetary objects
• Breakthrough evidence of recent water flow on Mars
• New developments in asteroid-tracking programs
• New information on the nature and shape of our universe
• Mind-bending theories concerning multiple universes
• Information on the latest telescopes
As a bonus, this book includes a fascinating CDROM with more than 200 of the most spectacular images from NASA, star maps, and other tools for backyard astronomers.
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.