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Patrick Moore's Astronomy: Teach Yourself [Kindle Edition]

Sir Patrick Moore
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Book Description

Patrick Moore's Astronomy will ensure you recognize what you are seeing in the night sky. You will investigate the sun, moon, planets comets and stars and learn how to observe them. This comprehensive guide, complete with star charts, will map out the skies and allow you to impress your friends with your knowledge of the sky at night.

One, five and ten-minute introductions to key principles to get you started.

Lots of instant help with common problems and quick tips for success, based on the author's many years of experience.

Tests in the book and online to keep track of your progress.

Quick refreshers to help you remember the key facts.

Innovative exercises illustrate what you've learnt and how to use it.

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"I only had a passing interest in astronomy before I read this book. Patrick makes the first few steps into the world of astronomy as painless as possible. I couldn't put the book down, I finished it the same day and have been over it a couple of times since...." (- Customer Review)

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Explore the night sky with Sir Patrick Moore and grasp the basics of this fascinating science.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3106 KB
  • Print Length: 286 pages
  • Publisher: Teach Yourself (26 Feb. 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004L6236I
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #130,884 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Sir Patrick Moore is the world's best-known living astronomer. He has presented the BBC's 'Sky at Night' programme since 1957 and written over 60 books. Recognised by the scientific community as one of the greatest authorities in the field, he was awarded the OBE in 1968. In 2001 he received a Knighthood, won a BAFTA for his services to television and became a member of the celebrated Royal Society. He lives in Selsey, Sussex.

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52 of 52 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent book to begin with. 19 Jan. 2011
So you don't know what syzygy is, or what a nebula consists of, or where to find faculae, or maybe you have an interest in retrograde motion or planetary escape velocities. Before reading this book it sounded a bit too star trek for me and I used to hide from complex astronomical terms. But with the guidance that sir Patrick Moore provides in this fantastic manual it all becomes a bit more manageable. I don't purport to be well versed in the mysteries of the universe but now I have a rough idea where to point my telescope when looking for the various wonders in the sky. This book also promotes a more realistic expectation as to what we can hope to find with a scope costing a couple of hundred quid. I think most people imagine seeing the depths of the galaxy with a scope more suited to birdwatching and hence become disheartened and give up. But enough of my opinions what about the book?

Depending on your time constraints you can take the one or five minute introduction, which is a novel idea although I read the five minute intro in three minutes but lets not confuse things shall we !! Each chapter begins by optimistically telling you what you will learn, contained throughout are little "insight" boxes which are a fantastic source of interesting facts, you know the type of stuff to impress your friends with, even if you know little else! And helpfully provided at the end of each chapter is a bullet point revision page.

We get an adequate introduction to astronomy and the spinning sky followed by a brief history of skywatching. I enjoyed the chapter on telescopes which made me look at my own scope in a whole new light ..... mainly negative! Next we delve into space and have informative chapters on the sun, moon, planets and stars.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good as expected 18 Feb. 2013
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I am trying to learn about astronomy and saw this book and noted the reviews for it. I have to say that I have enjoyed it. It can be a little heavy in places if you are totally new to it all but Patrick tries to explain it in such as way that it doesn't feel like you will get lost at the end. What does (pardon the pun) shine through is his obvious love for the subject. He will be missed :(
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The start of a journey. 12 Jan. 2013
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Sir Patrick has, in this one book has explained, concepts that I had previously struggled to understand. It has now given me the thrust to learn more about a subject that has always fascinated me but never thought I would be able to grasp even the basics. Stripped back to the basics written in a language that is easy to understand with sufficient detail to provoke thought. What's out there? I now have the confidence to look skyward and find out. Thank you Sir Patrick.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars wonderful 15 Jan. 2013
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wonderful.good value and worth ordering and much appreciated. Would return to this site for more of similar items in the future.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very, very good book 8 April 2013
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An ideal for a novice like me with only a minimal amount of learning about the sky at night from watching the great man's presentations. I have been a fan of Sir Patrick Moore since the days of black and white pictures of the American exploration of the moon.
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5.0 out of 5 stars patrick moore 22 April 2013
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a very good book for a starter in astronomy very easy to understand and follow i would recommend this book to a new a new person in this hobby
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5.0 out of 5 stars great book 14 Mar. 2013
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a very enjoyable read full of facts and figures with a large and helpfull amount of information to digest and absorb
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant! 5 Aug. 2013
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A truly great and detailed publication from on the great astronomers of our time. The late, great Patrick Moore brings the delights of the night sky to the general reader and enthusiast alike, in an accessible and fascinating book that will serve many for years to come.
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