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From Barnes & NobleWith an enormous amount of new scientific information, coupled with more than 100 new photographs and illustrations, Terence Dickinson takes the reader on an up-to-date tour of the universe. With our expert guide, we stroll the sands of Mars, float among Saturn's rings, observe how one star is born and another dies, venture to planets with two suns, and to "realms where black holes consume nearby stars or swallow whole galaxies." The author journeys back in time to the very origin of the universe and also discusses scientific possibilities that other life forms in the universe could "share our compulsion to know."
Other features included in this new, expanded edition of an astronomy classic include:
- The discovery of icy bodies near the orbit of Pluto during the 1990s.
- Recent images from the Hubble Space Telescope, and from those on mountains in Hawaii and Chile.
- New pictures from the Galileo spacecraft, and other NASA space probes.
- An expanded section on galaxies, with new illustrations of the internal structure of the Milky Way.
- Updated section on the size and age of the universe.
- Extensively updated information about Mars and Jupiter.
- New section on comets including Hale-Bopp and Haykutake.
- Expanded data tables with increased accuracy in distance determination due to the Hipparchos satellite.
About the Author:
Terence Dickinson is the author of fourteen books on astronomy, including NightWatch: A Practical Guide to Viewing the Universe, Exploring the Night Sky, Summer Stargazing, and Splendors of the Universe (with Jack Newton). More than a million copies of his books are in print in three languages. A former editor of Astronomy Magazine and staff astronomer at two major planetariums, Dickinson is currently editor of SkyNews Magazine and astronomy columnist for the Toronto Star and the Discovery Channel Canada. He teaches astronomy part-time at St. Lawrence College in Kingston, Ontario and his articles have appeared in many publications including Reader's Digest and Popular Mechanics.