Understanding Astronomy

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The Secrets of the Universe in the Palm of Your Hand!

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Understanding Astronomy, by Dr. Cynthia Phillips, of the SETI Institute, and Shana Priwer, will help you stargaze with authority. This book not only ...

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The Secrets of the Universe in the Palm of Your Hand!

Have you ever looked up at the night sky and felt awed by its mystery? Maybe you tried to figure out which twinkling lights were stars and which were planets—or the differences among meteors, meteorites, and meteoroids—but never quite got it.

Understanding Astronomy, by Dr. Cynthia Phillips, of the SETI Institute, and Shana Priwer, will help you stargaze with authority. This book not only gives clear descriptions of the many theories of the origin of the universe, it provides facts about the planets, moons, and stars in language that anyone can understand, completely free of perplexing astro-jargon.

In addition, Understanding Astronomy debunks popular myths about some of the most common features of the starry night. For instance, find out why the Big Dipper is not an actual constellation, and why a shooting star isn’t really a star at all!

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  • ISBN-13: 9781435114517
  • Publisher: Sterling
  • Publication date: 4/2/2009
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 9.28 (w) x 8.22 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Meet the Author

Dr. Cynthia Phillips, a scientist at the SETI Institute, also works at the Center for the Study of Life in the Universe. She received her B.A. in astronomy, astrophysics, and physics at Harvard University, and earned her Ph.D. in planetary science, with a minor in geosciences, from the University of Arizona.

Shana Priwer has an undergraduate degree from Columbia University in architecture, with minors in math and art history. She holds a master's degree in architecture from Harvard University. Both authors reside in Campbell, California.

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