Galileo: Watcher Of The Skies

Galileo (1564–1642) is one of the most important and controversial figures in the history of science. A hero of modern science and key to its birth, he was also a deeply divided man: a scholar committed to the establishment of scientific truth yet forced to concede the importance of faith, and a brilliant analyst of the elegantly mathematical workings of nature yet bungling and insensitive with his own family. Tackling Galileo as ast...

Asteroid Now: Warum Die Zukunft Der Menschheit In Den Sternen Liegt

Sehr lesenswertes Buch über den aktuellen Wissenstand (einschließlich Hypothesen) rund um unser Sonnensystem. In weiten Bereichen ist es auch sehr leicht zu lesen, so dass es sich auch für Kinder ab ca. 10 eignet. Persönlich fehlt mir etwas Neues, denn wer wie ich den Podcast "Sternengeschichten" von Florian Freistetter abonniert hat, für den ist dieses Buch eine gute Zusammenfassung der bisherigen Sendungen. Sehr empfehlenswert, wie...

Astronomy For Beginners

Astronomy For Beginners is a friendly and accessible guide to our universe, our galaxy, our solar system and the planet we call home. Each year as we cruise through space on this tiny blue-green wonder, a number of amazing and remarkable events occur. For example, like clockwork, we’ll run head-on into asteroid and cometary debris that spreads shooting stars across our skies. On occasion, we’ll get to watch the disk of the Moon passi...

The Edge of the Sky: All You Need to Know About the All-There-Is

In this unusual and engaging book, short in length but long in ideas, Roberto Trotta uncovers the mysteries of the Universe, from the Big Bang ("Big Flash") to the dark energy ("dark push"), in a highly original and understandable way. Once I started reading, I could not put the book down. Our Universe is described by only six numbers. In this entertaining and enjoyable book, Trotta recounts our knowledge of the cosmos with only the ...

The Invisible Universe: The Story of Radio Astronomy, 2nd edition

Hidden from human view, accessible only to sensitive receivers attached to huge radio telescopes, giant versions of backyard satellite dishes, the invisible universe beyond our senses continues to fascinate and intrigue our imaginations. We cannot really comprehend what it means to say that a galaxy is exploding, yet that is the nature of some of the distant radio sources in the furthest reaches of space. Closer to home, in the Milky...

Planetary Nebulae and How to Observe Them

Planetary Nebulae and How to Observe Them is for amateur astronomers who want to go beyond the Messier objects, concentrating on one of the most beautiful classes of astronomical objects in the sky. Planetary nebulae are not visible to the naked eye, but they are a fascinating group of telescope objects. This guide enables a user equipped with an average-sized amateur telescope to get the best out of observing them. Topics covered in...

Earth and Its Moon

Long age, Earth was the subject of great speculation. Ancient astronomers such as Ptolemy thought that Earth was the center of the universe. Likewise, there have been all sorts of assumptions about Earth's satellite, the Moon. One of the most interesting beliefs was that moonlight was capable of driving a person crazy. Using a telescope, Galileo Galilei went on the show that the Sun was actually the center of the universe. And while ...

The Observer’s Guide to Planetary Motion: Explaining the Cycles of the Night Sky

To the naked eye, the most evident defining feature of the planets is their motion across the night sky. It was this motion that allowed ancient civilizations to single them out as different from fixed stars. “The Observer’s Guide to Planetary Motion” takes each planet and its moons (if it has them) in turn and describes how the geometry of the Solar System gives rise to its observed motions. Although the motions of the planets may b...

Pluto: New Horizons For A Lost Horizon: Astronomy, Astrology, And Mythology

This richly and diversely celebratory collection gives us back Pluto, previously and sadly consigned to historical triviality by a one-dimensional science mind that reclassifies it as not even a planet but a dwarf, mere sky fuzz. Grossinger’s assemblage and introductory remarks show us how and why we never consented to let it go, in fact could not dispense with it, given the profound place it holds in individual and collective mind. ...

Beyond: Our Future In Space

Beyond dares to imagine a fantastic future for humans in space―and then reminds us that we’re already there. Human exploration has been an unceasing engine of technological progress, from the first homo sapiens to leave our African cradle to a future in which mankind promises to settle another world. Beyond tells the epic story of humanity leaving home―and how humans will soon thrive in the vast universe beyond the earth. A dazzling ...