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Out of the Blue: A 24-Hour Skywatcher's Guide

Why is the sky blue and sunsets red? Why is the moon sometimes visible in daylight? Skywatcher John Naylor offers practical advice about where and when you can expect to see natural phenomena. Taking in both the night and the day sky, he deals only with what can be seen with the naked eye. Drawing on science, history, literature and mythology, and written in a popular style assuming only basic scientific knowledge, Out of the Blue is...

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The Sky at Night: Answers to Questions from Across the Universe

Questions about the moon, the solar system, space travel, other planets, and more, answered by a popular astronomer Celebrating the 55th anniversary of The Sky at Night, this book collects and answers questions sent in by viewers. With sections on the solar system, the bizarre and unexplained, space missions, and more, this is an exciting journey into space for the novice astronomer and the lifelong stargazer alike. Discover how scie...

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Mars Landing 2012: Inside The Nasa Curiosity Mission

National Geographic presents the science, the goals, and the anticipation of humankind’s most ambitious planetary expedition ever: the Curiosity mission to Mars. On August 6, 2012 (EST), NASA’s Curiosity spacecraft will complete its 255-day, 354-million-mile journey and plunge down into Gale Crater, its target on the martian surface, decelerating from 13,200 to 0 mph in 7 minutes. The whole world will be watching this, the most compl...

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Accretion Process Star Formatn, 2 Edition

Now containing material on molecular clouds, binaries, star clusters and the stellar initial mass function (IMF), disk evolution and planet formation, this new edition is a comprehensive account of the underlying physical processes of accretion for graduate students and researchers. Our understanding of the formation of stars and planetary systems has changed greatly since the first edition of this book was published. This new editio...

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You Are Here: Around the World in 92 Minutes: Photographs from the International Space Station

The photos are fascinating, and Hadfield's commentary is by turns insightful and playful, revealing deforestation on one page, and landforms that resemble ears on another. A sure hit for fans of photography, cartography, geography or space travel. Divided by continent, YOU ARE HERE represents one (idealized) orbit of the ISS. This planetary photo tour -- surprising, playful, thought-provoking, and visually delightful -- is also punct...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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 ...

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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 ...