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The first wonder begins when we leave the Earth. Questions are raised such as: Can we see the sun rise in the west, or find the sky dark despite the blazing sun? The second wonder concerns the giants and dwarfs of the stellar world, and how stars are born, evolve and die. The third wonder concerns the catastrophic event when a massive star explodes, and how the death of one star can trigger the birth of a new generation. The fourth wonder is pulsars, the ultimate timekeepers of the cosmos, the fifth is about strange effects of the force of gravity, the sixth is about illusions of space, and the last is the majestic expansion of the universe as a whole. Finally, we look at other unsolved cosmic mysteries and speculate on what the eighth wonder may be.
With lucid prose and humourous anecdotes, the author weaves together a host of exciting recent discoveries in astronomy and shows us how these are motivating astronomers to unravel the wonders of tomorrow.
|Wonder 1||Leaving terra firma||3|
|Wonder 2||Giants and dwarfs of the stellar world||34|
|Wonder 3||When stars explode ...||88|
|Wonder 4||Pulsars: the timekeepers of the cosmos||124|
|Wonder 5||Gravity: the great dictator||155|
|Wonder 6||Illusions in space||204|
|Wonder 7||The expanding universe||247|