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Origin of the Moon. New Concept

The origin of the Moon remains an unsolved problem of the planetary science. Researchers engaged in celestial dynamics, geophysics, and geochemistry are still discussing various models of creation of our closest cosmic neighbour. The most popular scenario, the impact hypothesis involving a collision early in the Earth's history, has been substantially challenged by the new data. The birth and development of a planet-moon system alway...

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The Southern Sky Guide, 3 edition

Both novice and advanced skywatchers will value this comprehensive and easy-to-use guide to the brilliant and ever-changing sights of the southern sky by night. Readers are introduced to the many and varied objects in the sky and their movements and changing appearances, as well as the ancient myths and legends entwined around the groupings of stars. Featured in this book are two groups of sky charts, designed so that readers can mov...

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The Airplane Alphabet Book

All systems are go as you taxi down the runway with your pilot, alphabet-book author Jerry Pallotta, and your copilot Fred Stillwell. Take off into the world of airplanes as Rob Bolster's radiant art illuminates the skies with images of aircraft from the Wright brothers' first flying machine to the modern Ultralight. Sit back, relax, and enjoy your flight!

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The Sun, Mercury and Venus

In 350 B.C.E., Aristotle, the great Greek philosopher, wrote that the Earth is the center of the solar system, and that all the other bodies in the solar system orbit the Earth while set into a complex series of spheres. However, in 1514 C.E., Nicolas Copernicus, a Prussian scientist and canon in the Catholic church, challenged these previous beliefs, theorizing that the center of the universe is not the Earth, but the Sun, that the ...

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The Distribution of the Galaxies: Gravitational Clustering in Cosmology

This topical volume examines one of the leading problems in astronomy - how galaxies cluster in our Universe. This book, first published in 2000, describes gravitational theory, computer simulations and observations related to galaxy distribution functions. It embeds distribution functions in a broader astronomical context, including other exciting contemporary topics such as correlation functions, fractals, bound clusters, topology,...

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Airplanes and Flying Machines (First Discovery Books)

Explains various types of airplanes and other flying machines, including gliders, passenger jets, helicopters, and hot-air balloons. Features transparent acetate overlays. Colorful drawings of airplanes and other flying machines show young readers the inside and outside of these amazing machines, including the wings, engine, and tail and the cockpit and passenger cabin.

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Beyond Star Trek: Physics from Alien Invasions to the End of Time

In the bestselling The Physics of Star Trek, the renowned theoretical physicist Lawrence Krauss took readers on an entertaining and eye-opening tour of the Star Trek universe. Now, responding to requests for more as well as to a number of recent exciting discoveries in physics and astronomy, Krauss takes a provocative look at how the laws of physics relate to notions from our popular culture—not only Star Trek, but other films, shows...

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Smithsonian Frontiers of Flight

Celebrating milestones in the history of aviation, this photographic study profiles the historic aircraft in the Smithsonian's National Air & Space Museum and the pioneering aviators that flew them. 20,000 first printing.

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Astrochemistry: From Astronomy to Astrobiology

The dynamic field of astrochemistry brings together ideas of physics, astrophysics, biology and chemistry to the study of molecules between stars, around stars and on planets. Astrochemistry: from Astronomy to Astrobiology provides a clear and concise introduction to this rapidly evolving multidisciplinary subject. Starting with the Molecular Universe, the text covers the formation of the elements, simple models of stars and their cl...

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Defending Planet Earth: Near-Earth Object Surveys and Hazard Mitigation Strategies

The United States spends approximately $4 million each year searching for near-Earth objects (NEOs). The objective is to detect those that may collide with Earth. The majority of this funding supports the operation of several observatories that scan the sky searching for NEOs. This, however, is insufficient in detecting the majority of NEOs that may present a tangible threat to humanity. A significantly smaller amount of funding supp...