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Astronomy For Dummies
     

Astronomy For Dummies

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by Stephen P. Maran
 

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The perfect introduction to the skies, with a tour of the universe and an explanation of how it works--from what holds the planets in orbit to such exotic phenomena as black holes. 16-page color insert.

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The perfect introduction to the skies, with a tour of the universe and an explanation of how it works--from what holds the planets in orbit to such exotic phenomena as black holes. 16-page color insert.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780764551550
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
11/11/1999
Series:
For Dummies Series
Edition description:
Older Edition
Pages:
336
Product dimensions:
7.46(w) x 9.24(h) x 0.76(d)

Meet the Author

Stephen P. Maran, PhD, is the retired Assistant Director of Space Sciences for Information and Outreach at the NASA-Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, and theformer Press Officerr of the American Astronomical Society.

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Astronomy for Dummies 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I've become quite fond of the 'for Dummies' series and this book was a great addition to my collection (one of the few I have read cover to cover). It has great coverage of the planets, their moons and the objects further out. There are many sidebars to explain the more technical aspects of objects we see in the night sky. It is a very current and up-to-date book and my overall impression was very good. I would expect a dry text from an author with a Ph.D. but this was very light and with plenty of humor included. It suggests software and hardware, plenty of references to Web sites, even covering SETI. I would highly recommend this book to anyone with an interest in the heavens above.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great starter book for amature astronomers
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I bought this book for my daughter as a help to an Astronomy class she is taking. The book helped her get on track. She was previously getting 50's and now she is getting A's and B's. Sometimes putting things in "laymen'" terms is all that is needed.
Sharon60 More than 1 year ago
It wasn't helpful as I thought it would be, I was looking for a book that would tell about the stars and also the layout of the stars. I wanted to learn about the stars history also. Not the book I thought it would be like I said in the beginning.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is just what I was looking for in an astronomy learning book. It is clear and informative. I will be referring to it over and over again.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Expensive is what comes to mind. Not worth it nothing to get you started in your journey into astronomy no star charts no planet locations.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
as an astronomey lover myself this book has been an eyeopening adventure through space i will read it over and over again