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Author Bely, Pierre-Yves.

Title A question and answer guide to astronomy / Carol Christian,Space Telscope Science Institute, Baltimore, USA, Jean-Rene Roy, Laval University, Quebec, Canada.

Publication Info. Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2017.


Location Pub Note Copy No. Status
 New Lenox PL Adult Non-Fiction - NLBB-1  520 CHR    AVAILABLE
Edition Second edition.
Description xiv, 344 pages : color illustrations ; 25 cm
text txt rdacontent
unmediated n rdamedia
volume nc rdacarrier
Note "First published 2008 as 250 réponses à vos questions sur l'astronomie"--T.p. verso.
"English translation published 2010, revised 2016"--T.p. verso.
Contents The sky viewed from Earth -- The Earth and moon system -- The sun and the solar system -- Stars and stellar systems -- Galaxies and the universe -- Life in the universe -- Amateur astronomy and citizen science -- Telescopes -- Unit conversion and basic physical and astronomical measurements.
Summary Are we alone in the Universe? Was there anything before the Big Bang? Are there other universes? What makes stars shine? Where does Earth's water come from? Why is the night sky dark? Was there ever life on Mars? How do telescopes work? This engaging guide book answers all these questions and hundreds more, making it a practical reference for anyone who has ever wondered what is out in the cosmos, where it all comes from, and how it all works. Richly illustrated in color throughout, it gives simple yet rigorous explanations in non-technical language, summarizing current astronomical knowledge, without overlooking the important underlying scientific principles. This second edition includes substantial new material throughout, including the latest findings from the New Horizons, Rosetta, and Dawn space missions, and images from professional telescopes such as the Hubble Space Telescope and the Atacama Large Millimeter Array. Provides concise, informative answers to basic questions spanning planets, stars, the Universe, and the tools astronomers use. Makes widespread use of color graphics and photos, to ensure the book is attractive and, more importantly, to help aid understanding. Written by two astronomers experienced in teaching and working with the public, the content is detailed and rigorous, while remaining approachable for a broad range of people -- Provided by publisher.
Contains 250 questions and answers about astronomy, particular for the amateur astronomer.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 325-332) and index.
Subject Astronomy -- Miscellanea.
Astronomy -- Popular works.
Astronomy -- Amateurs' manuals.
Astronomy. (OCoLC)fst00819673
Genre/Form Trivia and miscellanea. (OCoLC)fst01921748
Handbooks and manuals. (OCoLC)fst01423877
Miscellanea. (OCoLC)fst01423854
Popular works. (OCoLC)fst01423846
Handbooks and manuals.
Trivia and miscellanea.
Added Author Christian, Carol, 1950-
Roy, Jean-René.
Added Title 250 réponses à vos questions sur l'astronomie. English
ISBN 9781316615263 (paperback: alk. paper)
131661526X (paperback: alk. paper)

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