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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons; 2nd Edition edition (10 May 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764584650
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764584657
  • Product Dimensions: 18.8 x 1.8 x 23.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 259,677 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Features charts, star maps, and full–color photos!

Ever wonder what′s out there?

This is the book for you!

Do you know the difference between a red giant and a white dwarf? From asteroids to black holes, this easy–to–understand guide takes you on a grand tour of the universe, showing you how to get the most out of stargazing, planetarium visits, and other cool astronomical activities. It also covers recent discoveries and new astronomy Web sites.

Discover how to

  • Enjoy skywatching in your backyard
  • Identify planets and stars
  • Explore our solar system, the Milky Way, and beyond
  • Understand the Big Bang, quasars, antimatter, and more
  • Join the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI)

About the Author

Stephen P. Maran, PhD, is a 36–year veteran of the space program who has worked on numerous NASA projects, including the Hubble Space Telescope. He is the press officer of the American Astronomical Society.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Stueeh Warburton VINE VOICE on 22 July 2009
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A good "overview" book of the universe - I could do with books in colour though!
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By B. Hudson on 28 Oct. 2009
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Yet another first class book from Dummies. Easy to understand the complex science. I particularly liked the web links for up to date photos and information from the research laboratories.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Laurengrapes on 4 Nov. 2011
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I bought this as a present for my fiancé and he loves it! Great book which was in great condition - very happy!
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This is probably a very good book for its kind. It has a few Larson cartoons, which are funny and, if it follows the usual fare for this type of book it will be a slightly amusing but, most imporantly, accessable intro to a tricky subject.

Unfortunately on the Kindle there is no way of really knowing if the above is true as the pagination is dire with blank pages, half paragraphs and bizarrely inserted side bars. Worse still most, if not all, of the diagrams and photos are cropped - some laughably so. This might be acceptable with fiction , as all of the words are there (and even in the right order) but for a factual book it is a bit pants. How are you supposed to find a constellation from a diagram that has one half missing?

Worse, this was £3 dearer on the Kindle than to have the paperback paid for & delivered. Despite the obvious profiteering here there is absolutely no justification for charging more for less.

By all means don't let me put you off buying the paper version, it is probably fine (from what I can read). Just don't bother with the Kindle one until it is sorted.

NB I even downloaded this to the PC to see if it was the Kindle or the file and it is definately the file. I have other technical books on the Kindle and they are just fine - so its a bad port.
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33 of 40 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 8 Oct. 2000
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the book is written so that any beginner can understand what's going on in that galaxy of ours! nice & easy to understand, this make astronomy easy for the dimmest of the dim!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By K. Williams on 1 May 2009
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This is fabulous as an introduction to hobby astronomy. There is plenty of information regarding practical and theoretical work.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By krazykat on 25 July 2011
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I love this book, you can read the sections in any order you want and you can skip all the technical stuff as they are marked with little symbols. Im a beginner and chose this book to get the details i need without filling my brain with the stuff i didnt need. Really do enjoy flicking through it. Thanks x
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44 of 55 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 21 Jan. 2003
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Good book, well written, well laid out, nice tone, pleasant to read.
Loses one star (scuse pun!) for the US-ness of the content. Bit more of a nod to the rest of the planet in the next edition puh-leese.
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