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The Young Oxford Book of Astronomy
     

The Young Oxford Book of Astronomy

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by Simon Mitton, Jacqueline Mitton
 

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"Look up on a clear, dark night and you will see the sky is full of twinkling specks of light. What are these stars and planets? How far away are they? Can we learn more about them?"
Simon and Jacqueline Mitton begin The Young Oxford Book of Astronomy by tapping into that sense of mystery and wonder that the endless night sky stirs in each of us. They

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"Look up on a clear, dark night and you will see the sky is full of twinkling specks of light. What are these stars and planets? How far away are they? Can we learn more about them?"
Simon and Jacqueline Mitton begin The Young Oxford Book of Astronomy by tapping into that sense of mystery and wonder that the endless night sky stirs in each of us. They set out the aims and methods of astronomy, such as how astronomers map and measure the universe. Then they turn to our own solar system, detailing vital statistics in "Fact Files" for each planet, and highlighting important discoveries or remarkable characteristics. Finally, they move to the stars and the great wheeling galaxies of the vast universe. They tell us the life cycle of a star, describe a nova explosion in electrifying detail, and offer a time line that describes what was happening on earth when the light we see today first set out from a galaxy far, far away.
This story of astronomy unfolds alongside hundreds of magnificent color illustrations—the latest photographs from the world's largest telescopes, the most exciting images from space probes, and many fascinating explanatory diagrams and artists' visualizations. The index and glossary are excellent research tools, and a section devoted to star charts will delight any budding astronomers.
The Young Oxford Book of Astronomy is a great book for a curious child, but adults will find it useful and fascinating as well. It's an da whitesaleide to the greatest show on Earth—the starry, starry sky.

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"Whets the reader's appetite for the subject... Each chapter is brimming with scientific data. Photographs and charts help the reader visualize the text... Recognized astronomers and astrophysicists Simon and Jacqueline Mitton draw from a plethora of sources to create a most comprehensive selection... Anyone with a certain inquisitiveness about space will find Astronomy fascinating. My hat is off to the Mittons for their excellent effort."—Miami Herald

"Clearly written by people who know astronomy and how to explain it... A pleasure to browse.. Will have broad appeal to teen-age astronomy enthusiasts. Provides solid background material in a readable way. Recommended."—Planetarian

"A book for any child who looks at the night sky and wants to know more.... A great gift for the budding astronomer."—Reviews from Parent Council

"A vivid introduction to the planets and stars, explaining methods of astronomical investigation and exploring basic astronomy theories."—Children's Bookwatch

"Well-written and abundantly illustrated.... Performs equally well as reference...or to read for fun."—Children's Book Review Service

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195214451
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
10/01/1998
Pages:
160
Product dimensions:
8.60(w) x 10.80(h) x 0.30(d)

Meet the Author

Simon and Jacqueline Mitton studied physics at Oxford University, and received doctorates in astronomy and astrophysics at Cambridge University. They have worked together and singly to write many books about astronomy. In recognition of their contribution to the public's understanding of the field, Asteroid 4077 was named Mitton in their honor.

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The Young Oxford Book of Astronomy 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I first read this book after I checked it out of the library. Being a big astronomy fan, I found this book very informative, while all of the pictures were remarkably breathtaking. This is the ideal book for beginners!
Guest More than 1 year ago
The complex phenomena of the cosmos are clearly explained with numerous color pictures, and keeps the interest level up all through the pages. Young and not so young will equally like and benefit from the book. It is not as complex as Stephen Hawking's 'A brief history of time'. All science students should read this masterpiece.