Complete Idiot's Guide to Astronomy

ISBN-10: 0028641981
ISBN-13: 9780028641980
Edition: 2nd 2001
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Description: This guide provides astronomy buffs with the basic knowledge to start star-gazing, with easy-to-understand explanations on the stars, the moons, the planets, and other solar systems, as well as asteroids, comets, and other phenomena.

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Book details

List price: $18.95
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2001
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 8/1/2001
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 456
Size: 7.40" wide x 9.13" long x 0.98" tall
Weight: 1.694
Language: English

This guide provides astronomy buffs with the basic knowledge to start star-gazing, with easy-to-understand explanations on the stars, the moons, the planets, and other solar systems, as well as asteroids, comets, and other phenomena.

Alan Axelrod was born on August 25, 1952, in New York. He was educated at Northeastern Illinois University and University of Iowa. He is a leading writer about American history, and is the author of The Complete Idiot's Guide to American History. In his books, Axelrod presents the facts, details, and faces that have helped shape the history of the United States. Axelrod has served as a consultant to several museums and institutions. He has received numerous honors, including a National Cowboy Hall of Fame Award in 1991.

Finding Our Place in Space
Naked Sky, Naked Eye: Finding Your Way in the Dark
Sun Days
Flat Earth, Big Bowl
Celestial Portraits
Who Cares?
Ancient Evenings: The First Watchers
A Dragon Eats the Sun: Ancient Chinese Astronomy
Babylon Revisited
Egypt Looks
Stonehenge and the New World
Grecian Formula
The Unexplained Motions of the Heavens
Time on Our Hands
The Sun Goes Dark, the Moon Becomes Blood
Aristotle Lays Down the Law
Ptolemy's Picture
Night Falls
Astronomy Reborn: 1543-1687
Arabian Nights
Heresy of a Polish Priest
The Man with the Golden Nose
Kepler Makes Sense of It
Galileo's Eye
Holding It All Together
Now You See It (Now You Don't)
The Art of Collecting Light (with a Telescope)
Slice of Light
Buckets of Light
Size Matters
Twinkle, Twinkle
You and Your Telescope
Do I Really Need a Telescope?
Science Aside, What Will It Cost?
Decisions, Decisions
The Go-To Revolution
I've Bought My Telescope, Now What?
Learning to See
Over the Rainbow
Making Waves
Full Spectrum
Heavenly Scoop
Seeing in the Dark
Dark Doesn't Mean You Can't See
What Radio Astronomers "See"
You Can Do This, Too!
The Rest of the Spectrum
Space Race: From Sputnik to the International Space Station
This Really Is Rocket Science
Early Human Missions
Satellites and Probes
JFK's Challenge
Planetary Probes
Space Shuttles and Space Stations
International Space Station: The Latest
A Walk Around the Block
The Moon: Our Closest Neighbor
What If We Had No Moon?
Lunar Looking
It's a Moon!
Green Cheese?
Solar System Home Movie
Solar System History
From Contraction to Condensation
Whipping Up the Recipe
Ashes to Ashes, Dust to Dust
Solar System Family Snapshot
A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood: Let's Take a Stroll
The Inner and Outer Circles
Serving Up the Leftovers
Anatomy of a Comet
Catch a Falling Star
So Close and Yet So Far: The Inner Planets
The Terrestrial Roster
Mercury: The Moon's Twin
Forecast for Venus: "Hot, Overcast, and Dense"
The Earth: Just Right
Mars: "That Looks Like New Mexico!"
Where to Next?
Great Balls of Gas! The Outer Planets
The Jovian Line-Up
Rotation: A New Twist
Stormy Weather
Saturnine Atmosphere
The Atmospheres of Uranus and Neptune
Inside the Jovians
The Jovian Magnetospheres
The Far End of the Block
Lord of the Rings
On the Shoulders of Giants
Faraway Moons
Pluto Found
To the Stars
Our Star
The Solar Furnace
The Solar Atmosphere
Fun in the Sun
At the Core
Of Giants and Dwarfs: Stepping Out into the Stars
Sizing Them Up
The Parallax Principle
Do Stars Move?
How Bright Is Bright?
How Hot Is Hot?
Stellar Pigeonholes
From Giants to Dwarfs: Sorting the Stars by Size
Making the Main Sequence
Stellar Careers
A Star Evolves
Stellar Nursing Homes
The Life and Death of a High-Mass Star
Supernova: So Long, See You in the Next Star
Neutron Stars
I Can't Stop!
Black Holes: One-Way Tickets to Eternity
Is There No End to This Pressure?
Relativity
Thought Experiments
Black-Hole Evidence
Stellar Nurseries
An Interstellar Atlas
Star Light, Star Bright
The Interstellar Medium: One Big Fuel Tank
Multiple Births
In the Delivery Room
Way Out of This World
The Milky Way: Much More Than a Candy Bar
Where Is the Center and Where Are We?
Home Sweet Galaxy
Measuring the Milky Way
Milky Way Portrait
Dark Matters
A Galaxy of Galaxies
Sorting Out the Galaxies
Galactic Embrace
How to "Weigh" a Galaxy
Let's Get Organized
Where Does It All Go?
Moving Out of Town
A Long Time Ago in a Galaxy Far, Far Away
Quasars: Looks Can Be Deceiving
Quasars and the Evolution of Galaxies
A Piece of the Action
Where It All Starts
The Big Questions
Table for One?
What Do You Mean by "Alone"?
The Odds for Life on Mars
Hello! Is Anybody Out There?
A Closer Look at the Equation
Where Are the Little Green Men?
What About the Big Bang?
The Work of the Cosmologist
I'll Give You Two Clues
Same Old Same Old
So What Was the Big Bang?
(How) Will It End?
What the Redshift Means
What Does It All Mean?
We Have a Problem
Coming Full Circle
Appendixes
Star Words Glossary
Upcoming Eclipses
The Constellations
The Messier Catalog
Sources for Astronomers
Index

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