Astronomy, Space & Time Books
Simon Garfield, a man described by the Observer as 'a one-man Blue Peter team for intelligent adults' evaluates the importance of time and why we place so much emphasis on it in this eye-opening book.
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A book about our attempts to measure, control, sell, film, perform, immortalise and re-invent time, it also discusses why it is so meaningful. Looking back over the past 250 years, it focuses on stories including Roger Bannister's four-minute mile, a British watchmaker competing with the mighty Switzerland ad how a moment of war can be frozen forever.
Enthusiastically written, this book will help you understand the concept of time in a whole new way. You definitely should set aside some time to read - and devour - this book!
Learn all about the stars in our sky with this fantastic, introductory book from DK. It will show you all the basics of stargazing and help you on your way to becoming an accomplished amateur astronomer.
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Full of practical advice, it shows you how to make observations with the naked eye before then explaining how you can make the most of binoculars and telescopes. It even reveals the best ways of taking jaw-dropping photographs of the night sky.
This book also includes a year-by-year calendar of night-sky events, alongside a detailed atlas that shows what happens on a month-by-month basis and clear star charts to help you identify the major constellations.
Containing a planisphere for the first ever time, this Philip's Astronomy Starter Pack will inspire the whole family to start stargazing.
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The pack contains three essential items that will introduce beginners to astronomy - a glow-in-the-dark planisphere; an 80-page paperback book about the stars and planets; and a colourful Solar System poster. The planisphere has been specially made so that stars, names and shapes of constellations will be visible after it has been held under a bright light. It's a fun and practical starfinder that comes with instructions.
The poster is huge (580 x 870mm) and is full of informative text while the Exploring Stars and Planets book is a colourful and entertaining introduction to the subject. It's packed with photographs, artwork and maps.
This whole pack is suitable for use in the Northern Hemisphere.
Anyone who wants to start stargazing will enjoy this compact guide to our solar system.
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From the planets to all 88 constellations that brighten up the night sky, it is expertly written and packed full of stunning images that reveal the intricate details and unique characteristics of every element.
It also contains information on the tools and techniques you'll need to observe the night skies.
Completely out of this world, this huge guide to the stars truly is the definitive visual guide to the cosmos.
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Fully authenticated by the Smithsonian Insitution, the book covers everything from glittering star birth nebulae to supermassive black holes and features a 3D graphic that charts the constellations across the night sky.
A great gift for anyone who is fascinated by the night sky or who sees themselves as the next Brian Cox, the book contains new imagery from the Hubble Space Telescope and features topics ranging from the Milky Way to the Big Bang.
This dot-to-dot book is perfect for puzzle-loving stargazers. It has 29 intricate dot-to-dot projects that each showcase a beautiful artistic interpretation of a constellation.
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Sure to engage both puzzlers and night sky enthusiasts, the designs include the 12 zodiac signs and an enchanting selection of Ancient Greek constellations. It also provides the stories behind each one so will help you build your knowledge of the night sky.
Each design is even accompanied by an overview of the astronomical arrangement's history and myths associated with it. This is a sensational book for helping you to plot your own night sky.
A former bricklayer who decided to follow his passion for the stars after working on sites for 25 years, Gary Fildes is the founder and lead astronomer of Kielder observatory.
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Part-memoir, part-seasonal guide to the night sky, An Astronomer's Tale finds Gary explaining why he loves the stars so much and the reasons why he decided to set up an observatory in the forests that are located in what is officially the darkest place in England. Sitting beneath a sky that is so clear that thousands of stars can be seen every night, you can even see Venus cast a shadow and the Northern Lights on many occasions from his observatory.
Describing his love in an accessible style, he shares his enthusiasm and the chapters alternate between accounts of his life and a month-by-month guide to stargazing for a general reader. Gary states how if he can reconnect with the wonders of nature, you surely can, too!
This work is the story of 15 billion years of cosmic evolution, transforming matter and life into consciousness, how science and civilization grew up together and the forces and individuals who helped shape modern science. The book aims to make scientific ideas accesssible and exciting. It is based on the television series of the same name. Subjects covered include the ancient library of Alexandria, the death of the sun, the evolution of galaxies, space missions and hieroglyphics.
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In Wonders of the Solar System -- the book of the acclaimed BBC TV series -- Professor Brian Cox will take us on a journey of discovery where alien worlds from your imagination become places we can see, feel and visit. The Wonders of the Solar System -- from the giant ice fountains of Enceladus to the liquid methane seas of Titan and from storms twice the size of the Earth to the tortured moon of Io with its giant super-volcanoes -- is the Solar System as you have never seen it before. In this series, Professor Brian Cox will introduce us to the planets and moons beyond our world, finding the biggest, most bizarre, most powerful natural phenomena. Using the latest scientific imagery along with cutting edge CGI and some of the most spectacular and extreme locations on Earth, Brian will show us Wonders never thought possible. Employing his trademark clear, authoritative, yet down-to-earth approach, Brian will explore how these previously unseen phenomena have dramatically expanded our horizons with new discoveries about the planets, their moons and how they came to be the way they are.
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The late, great Stephen Hawking's classic book about who we are, how we came to be and the secrets that still lie at the heart of space and time.
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From the Big Bang to black holes, via spiral galaxies and strong theory, this book uses accessible language to cover the concept of the universe and answer questions including when time began and if it could run backwards.
"Grandpa, how big is the universe? How far are the stars? How can we tell the sun's age? Are we stardust? What is thunder? Is the universe expanding? Do black holes exist? What is the future of the universe?" "The book was born from conversations I had with one of my granddaughters, on certain summer evenings. All during its writing, I was able to relive those August evenings when the children showered me with questions while we awaited the shooting stars. The contemplation of the heavenly vault and the sense of our presence among the stars inspired a shared wish to know more about this mysterious cosmos in which we live. Here we will be talking about science, but that in no way rules out poetry." Hubert Reeves In this book, master astrophysicist Hubert Reeves unlocks the secrets of the universe. This is his spiritual testament to younger generations and a perfect occasion for us all to revise our conceptions about the cosmos.
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In You Are Here, celebrated astronaut Chris Hadfield gives us the really big picture: this is our home, as seen from space. The millions of us who followed Hadfield's news-making Twitter feed from the International Space Station thought we knew what we were looking at when we first saw his photos. But we may have caught the beauty and missed the full meaning. Now, through photographs - many of which have never been shared - Hadfield unveils a fresh and insightful look at our planet. He sees astonishing detail and importance in these images, not just because he's spent months in space but because his in-depth knowledge of geology, geography and meteorology allows him to reveal the photos' mysteries. Featuring Hadfield's favourite images, You Are Here is divided by continent and represents one (idealized) orbit of the ISS. Surprising, thought-provoking and visually delightful, it opens a singular window on our planet, using remarkable photographs to illuminate the history and consequences of human settlement, the magnificence of never-before-noticed landscapes, and the power of the natural forces shaping our world and the future of our species.
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Reach for the stars Stargazing is the practice of observing the night sky and its contents - from constellations through to planets and galaxies. Stars and other night sky objects can be seen with the naked eye, or seen in greater numbers and in more detail with binoculars or a telescope. Stargazing For Dummies offers you the chance to explore the night sky, providing a detailed guide to the main constellations and also offering advice on viewing other night sky objects such as planets and nebulae. It's a great introduction to a fun new hobby, and even provides a fun way to get the kids outside while doing something educational! Gives you an introduction to looking at the sky with binoculars or a telescope Offers advice on photographing the night sky Without needing to get your head around mind-bending theories, you can take part in some practical physics If you're looking for easy-to-follow guidance on getting to know the night sky, Stargazing For Dummies has you covered.
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In Our Mathematical Universe, Max Tegmark, one of the most original physicists at work today, leads us on an astonishing journey to explore the mysteries uncovered by cosmology and to discover the nature of reality. Part-history of the cosmos, part-intellectual adventure, Our Mathematical Universe travels from the Big Bang to the distant future via parallel worlds, across every possible scale - from the sub-atomic to the intergalactic - showing how mathematics provides the answers to our questions about the world. Where do we come from? What makes the universe the way it is? In essence, why are we here? With dazzling clarity, Max Tegmark ponders these deep mysteries and allows us to grasp the most cutting-edge and mind-boggling theories of physics. What he proposes is an elegant and fascinating idea: that our physical world not only is described by mathematics, but that it is mathematics. "Our Mathematical Universe is nothing if not impressive. Brilliantly argued and beautifully written, it is never less than thought-provoking about the greatest mysteries of our existence". (New York Times). "An amazing ride through the rich landscape of contemporary cosmology...Physics could do with more characters like Tegmark . ..an imaginative intellect and a charismatic presence". (Clive Cookson, Financial Times Max). Tegmark is author or co-author of more than 200 technical papers, twelve of which have been cited more than 500 times. He has featured in dozens of science documentaries, and his work with the SDSS collaboration on galaxy clustering shared the first prize in Science magazine's "Breakthrough of the Year: 2003". He holds a Ph.D from the University of California, Berkeley, and is a physics professor at MIT.
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This collection of beautiful images of space taken by photographers from all over the world comprises images from the first four years of the Astronomy Photographer of the Year competition, which is organized by the Royal Observatory, Greenwich, in association with Sky at Night Magazine, and powered by the photo-sharing website Flickr. From giant storm systems in Jupiter's atmosphere to the colourful wispy remnants of a supernova explosion and the dazzling green curtain of the Northern Lights, the competition brings together some of the last four years' best space imagery of astronomical objects from within our solar system and far into deep space by astrophotographers from around the world. All winning, runner-up and highly commended entries from all four years of the Astronomy Photographer of the Year competition are included, as well as all shortlisted images from the 2012 competition. The images are submitted in one of the following categories: * Earth and Space * Our Solar System * Deep Space * Young Astronomy Photographer of the Year And can also be entered for one of the special prizes: * Best Newcomer * People and Space * Robotic Scope Each image is accompanied by caption, photographer, location and technical details. More information about the competition and a short guide to taking astronomy photographs is included. Exhibition Every year the Royal Observatory Greenwich hosts a free exhibition of the winners of the Astronomy Photographer of the Year competition, showcasing some incredible images of the sky. www.rmg.co.uk/astrophoto
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The revised second edition of this established dictionary contains over 4,300 up-to-date entries covering all aspects of astronomy. Compiled with the help of over 20 expert contributors under the editorship of renowned author and broadcaster Ian Ridpath, A Dictionary of Astronomy covers everything from space exploration and the equipment involved, to astrophysics, cosmology, and the concept of time. The dictionary also includes biographical entries on eminent astronomers, as well as worldwide coverage of observatories and telescopes. Supplementary material is included in the appendices, such as tables of Apollo lunar landing missions and the constellations, a table of planetary data, and numerous other tables and diagrams complement the entries. The entries have been fully revised and updated for this edition, and new entries have been added to reflect the recent developments within the field of astronomy, including magnetic reconnection, Fornax cluster, luminosity density, and Akatsuki. The content is enhanced by entry-level web links, which are listed and regularly updated on a companion website. A Dictionary of Astronomy is an invaluable reference source for students, professionals, amateur astronomers, and space enthusiasts.
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The Photographic Card Deck of the Solar System includes 126, 127 x 127mm cards. An individual planet, moon, asteroid is featured on each card. Additional cards explain scientific phenomenon such as the creation of the solar system, gravitation dead zones, the movement of planets, the possibility of life elsewhere, comets, dark matter, dwarf planets and more. The front side of each card shows a full-size photograph of the topic, while the back of the card includes text and scientific date that illustrated the most interesting and memorable aspects about the particular topic.
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Test your knowledge to the limit with a sizzling collection of scientific questions from this great quiz book.
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Sure to test any would-be scientist's brain, this book has two eight-round quizzes that cover everything from where the Big Bang took place to the links between the elephant Tusko and the psychologist Timothy Leary.
An interactive way to learn about physics, biology and much more, this book - from the science explainer extraordinaire Brian Clegg - is intriguing, compelling and entertaining for anyone who wants to learn about science.
Travel the night sky and discover the stories in the stars. Look up: above us is a jet-black canvas pricked with white dots, and a carnival of animals, mythical creatures, gods and goddesses in its shining constellations. Here, Susanna Hislop - writer and stargazer - and Hannah Waldron - international artist - leap between centuries, cultures and traditions to present a whole universe of stories in all their blazing glory. Stories in the Stars is an imaginative and whimsical exploration of each of the night sky's 88 constellations: a playful and stunningly illustrated compendium.
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Is there any connection between the vastness of the universes of stars and galaxies and the existence of life on a small planet out in the suburbs of the Milky Way? This book shows that there is. In their classic work, John Barrow and Frank Tipler examine the question of Mankind's place in the Universe, taking the reader on a tour of many scientific disciplines and offering fascinating insights into issues such as the nature of life, the serach for extraterrestrial intelligence, and the past history and fate of our universe.
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The Oxford Companion to Cosmology is a comprehensive but accessible encyclopedic overview of this enduringly popular subject. With over 350 in-depth entries - ranging from cosmic inflation and dark energy to Higgs boson and neutrinos - it both illuminates the ideas behind the current understanding of the Universe and outlines the fundamental physics from which those ideas emerge. Subjects covered include the structure of the Universe - its rate of expansion and the particles out of which it is composed - the evolution of galaxies, galaxy clusters, and cold dark matter. It encompasses both theoretical ideas such as alternative cosmologies and the various types of observational evidence, including redshift surveys and cosmic microwave background radiation. It appears at a time when there is a growing consensus about the origins and development of the Universe, centred around the hot Big Bang and the emerging Standard Cosmological Model, and an introductory overview brings the reader up to date on current thinking. Written by established experts in theoretical and observational cosmology, the Companion is an invaluable reference resource for students, teachers, science writers, and anyone with a serious interest in cosmology. Extensive cross-referencing allows the reader to unravel the ideas behind the terminology, and over 170 illustrations bring the subject to life. An index offers an alternative way of exploring the topics covered, and recommended entry-level web links provide a source of valuable extra information.
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This book is a simple, non-technical introduction to cosmology, explaining what it is and what cosmologists do. Peter Coles discusses the history of the subject, the development of the Big Bang theory, and more speculative modern issues like quantum cosmology, superstrings, and dark matter. ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.
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Explore the stars and planets and beyond through 300 fascinating images - an international panel of experts take you on a journey through man's record of the universe - from ancient cave paintings to animation. Universe is a groundbreaking survey that celebrates the popular subject of astronomy through 300 images created by those who have tried to understand - or who have been inspired by - the beauty and mystery of stars, planets, and beyond. Carefully chosen by an international panel of experts and arranged to highlight thought-provoking contrasts and similarities, the selection includes paintings, photographs, sculpture, animation, prints, sketches, and digital renderings with iconic works by renowned photographers, artists, and astronomers alongside previously unpublished finds.
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