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  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam Press (17 Jan. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0593070364
  • ISBN-13: 978-0593070369
  • Product Dimensions: 16.1 x 3 x 22.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 173,308 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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As a presenter on the RTS nominated BBC Stargazing LIVE (alongside Professor Brian Cox and Dara O Briain) Mark Thompson has helped inspire 4 million viewers to get out and enjoy the night sky. A specialist presenter on ITV's This Morning and Radio Five Live, Mark has also been a key contributor to the BBC Sky at Night, The Alan Titchmarsh Show and The Culture Show. He has written a number of books for Philip's, including Philip's Stargazing With Mark Thompson and Philip's Astrophotography With Mark Thompson, and his articles can regularly be found in Astronomy Now, Discovery News and Sen.

Born in Norfolk, Mark has had a fascination with the sky ever since he was a small boy. At the age of 10 he got his first view through a telescope of Saturn, rings and all, hanging there against a velvet black sky. It was for real, not a picture in a book - another world billions of miles away. This ignited a passion that has stayed with him ever since. Over the last 20 years Mark has lectured on a vast array of astronomical subjects, from the Moon to black holes and the end of the Universe. His research interests have chiefly centred on deep space, the study of stars exploding at the end of their lives and distant galaxies believed to host supermassive black holes.

Mark's enthusiastic outreach work has led him to serving on the Council of the Royal Astronomical Society and speaking at a number of national events including the National Astronomy Meeting. Find him on Twitter @PeoplesAstro

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"Mark is a wonderful promoter of Astronomy. He's tremendously knowledgeable about the geography of the night sky, guiding the experienced amateur and complete novice with equal skill and passion." (Professor Brian Cox)

"An admirably clear and concise guide to the wonders of the night sky, which will give anyone with a hankering to rise above the humdrum a toehold in the heavens. This is a book to get people started, whether keen amateurs or clueless professionals." (Marcus Chown New Scientist)

"I was captivated... a thoroughly good read. I wholeheartedly recommend A Down To Earth Guide... as an entertaining, exciting read, but also as solid reference material for any amateur astronomer." (Ian O'Neill Discovery Space)

"A fantastic book that's perfect for both those interested in the science of the stars and those looking to do some observing themselves. Wonderfully written and accessible to astronomers of all ages and levels. This brilliant book is definitely worth picking up." (All About Space)

"This book alone would be a good start for any budding Patrick Moore." (Engineering and Technology Magazine)

"Mark Thompson’s book tackles what most imagine to be a very complicated topic, opening up a whole new area of our universe in the most simple and straightforward manner. The reader is given a fascinating insight into our night sky and anyone who reads it will find themselves standing outside staring into that dark and deep abyss." (We Love This Book)

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A comprehensive guide to the night sky for stargazers and amateur astronomers of all ages, from Stargazing LIVE presenter Mark Thompson

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Katherine Vucicevic on 23 Feb. 2013
Format: Hardcover
An outstanding book filled with excellent references for both the expert and amateur alike. My children were enthralled with the photographs and it has led to many wonderful discussions of what is "out there" and excited (and late) nights viewing the skies. An absolute must!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Matt Court on 10 April 2013
Format: Hardcover
I do not normally leave reviews but felt I had to in this instance. I was bought this book as a birthday present and I can honestly say this has to be the most accessible book on Astronomy/Cosmology written to date.
You don't need have qualifications in science to understand what is being described.
It has given me a greater appreciation of the wonders and beauty of the night sky. A thoroughly brilliant book and would highly recommend it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By john r wickham on 17 Feb. 2013
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Just finishing this book. Having seen Mark Thompson on Stargazing Live I was aware that he was able to explain details for even the most basic amateur and this book did not disappoint
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 15 Oct. 2013
Format: Hardcover
I've enjoyed Mark's radio & TV appearances for some time. The only writing of his that I'd read was his twitter account! For anyone who is even vaguely interested in anything to do with astronomy -this is the book for you.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mr. S. J. D. Davison on 13 Feb. 2013
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interesting book, would recommend it to any one who has an interest in space. Well done Mark Thompson thanks . .
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