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300 Astronomical Objects: A Visual Reference to the Universe
     

300 Astronomical Objects: A Visual Reference to the Universe

by Jamie Wilkins, Robert Dunn, Jamie Dunn
 

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A handy and comprehensive reference to the 300 most interesting celestial objects.

This book provides a tour through the galaxy, from its solar core to its outer limits, with all the highlights and the very latest data about the universe.

Convenient data sidebars with each entry provide facts and figures on every object- including mass, magnitude,

Overview

A handy and comprehensive reference to the 300 most interesting celestial objects.

This book provides a tour through the galaxy, from its solar core to its outer limits, with all the highlights and the very latest data about the universe.

Convenient data sidebars with each entry provide facts and figures on every object- including mass, magnitude, density, radius, rotation period, and surface and core temperatures. An annotated cross-section of the object enhances this information, and a full-page photograph brings the object to life.

Additional spreads bring together and explain related objects or phenomena. For example, the corresponding pages for the sun include solar power, sunspots and solar flares. Others examples include:

  • Mercury: Mercury's surface
  • The asteroid belt: Eros 433
  • Jupiter's moons:
    10, Europa, Callista
  • Uranus: Uranus' rings, Ariel and Titania
  • Outer belts and comets: Halley's comet; Deep Impact
  • Space telescopes: International Space Station.

300 Astronomical Objects is a handy reference for the amateur astronomer.

Editorial Reviews

Sky and Telescope - Stuart J. Goldman
Lavishly illustrated text... a minute astronomical encyclopedia packed with pictures and information, perfect if you're lacking in bookshelf space.
American Reference Books Annual - Margaret F. Dominy
A glorious vision of the universe... primarily an image book, a feast for the eye. The gorgeous images are accompanied by a brief text of explanation.
The Midwest Book Review - Diane C. Donovan
Packs in some amazing astronomical photos usually seen in much larger titles... Amateur astronomers will find this an outstanding visual and factual treat which offers the convenience of a smaller format.... It competes well with larger guides.
Science News
The vast visible universe is depicted in detailed, full-color photos in this lengthy but hand-size atlas.
Science Books and Films - Gary W. Finiol
For anyone interested in astronomy, the perfect introductory guide to the many wonders of the universe now exists... It is quite impressive how much amazing information can be packed into such a small space ... stunning photography ... The book deserves great praise and the attention of all students of astronomy. Clearly intended for an older audience, it nonetheless would also be a wonderful resource for elementary school science teachers and theier school libraries, as well as an excellent addition to middle and high school science courses. Simply put, this book is a real gem and I recommend it highly.
Science Books & Films
Best Books 2007, Junior High & Young Adults, Astronomy
Rotunda - Glenn Ellis
Authoritative and current, the book is also a visual delight, the astronomical photography drawn from the best international sources.
Lunar and Planetary Information Bulletin
Comprehensive ... all the highlights and the very latest data about the universe ... a full-page photograph brings [each] object to life ... A handy reference for the amateur astronomer.
Choice - C.S. Dunham
Large, beautiful photographs abound here ... Easy to read and, more importantly, easy to understand.... Summing Up: Recommended. General readers and lower-division undergraduates.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781554071753
Publisher:
Firefly Books, Limited
Publication date:
08/15/2006
Pages:
528
Product dimensions:
6.25(w) x 6.50(h) x 1.62(d)

Meet the Author

Jamie Wilkins has a degree in astrophysics from Cambridge University.

Robert Dunn has a degree in natural sciences, specializing in physics, from Cambridge University, where he is a researcher at the Institute of Astronomy.

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