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The Sky at Night: Answers to Questions from Across the Universe [Hardcover]

Sir Patrick Moore , Chris North
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12 April 2012

Celebrating the 55th anniversary of The Sky at Night, this book collects and answers questions sent in by viewers. With sections on the solar system, the bizarre and unexplained, space missions, and more, this is an exciting journey into space for the novice astronomer and the lifelong stargazer alike. Discover how scientists work out the gravity of planets, what the 'Great Attractor' is and the basic principles of space navigation. Learn how to start observing the sky, what event inspired Patrick Moore to take up astronomy, and just how many of his cats are named after celestial bodies.

From comets to black holes and Orion to eclipses, The Sky at Night is the ultimate introduction to the wonders and mysteries of the universe.


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Product details

  • Hardcover: 480 pages
  • Publisher: BBC Books (12 April 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1849903468
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849903462
  • Product Dimensions: 20.6 x 15.8 x 4.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 210,422 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

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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Questions about the Moon, the Solar System, space travel, other planets and more - answered by Sir Patrick Moore, Britain's best loved astronomer

From the Back Cover

What would the earth be like

if we had two moons?

Is it true that the sun becomes

four million tonnes lighter every second?

What are dark matter and dark energy,

and do they really exist?

Is it possible that galaxies and

the universe have weather and seasons?


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4.7 out of 5 stars
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
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I just couldn't put this book down when it came.

Ever wondered why planets are spherical? What would happen if the sun stopped working? Or, what should we do if ET rings? Then this book is for you.

Back in 2011, The Sky At Night broadcast their 700th episode. This was a special show devoted to asking viewers anything they found puzzling about the universe. The response was so huge that the team decided to produce a book so that many of the remaining questions could be answered, in this case by Sir Patrick Moore and Chris North.

The book is divided into 54 sections of astronomy such as the planets, space navigation, tides, life elswhere and asteroids and comets. Each of the questions answered, as the book says are in such a way so that everybody could pick it up and enjoy. There are no way out mathematical equations in here!

I have learnt so much reading this and in many cases it is mind blowing to find out what our scientists are learning about our universe. A facinating book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Information at your fingertips.m 20 May 2012
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This is the most informative book I have ever purchased from Amazon. It has all,(and more) of the answers to questions I have always wondered about since a child. The Sky at Night is not only the best astronomy programme on television, it is also the most informative of astronomy books I have read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Sky at Night. 20 May 2012
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I was very pleased to receive this book which is full of questions and answers taken from the hundreds of them from both amateur and professional. It is well worth the money
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5.0 out of 5 stars Universal Questions Answered--- Really Well. 29 Sep 2013
By Glenn Cook HALL OF FAME TOP 10 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Hardcover
This is a terrific book that entertains and educates at the same time.
Written in chapters covering topics such as Stars and Galaxies, Manned Space Exploration, Cosmolgy and Space Missions and many others it has genuine questions from the public on those subjects.

It thus actually answers questions that we, the public, would like to know.

Patric Moore and Chris North answer in a clear form that children and adults can enjoy.

I found the questions and the expositions really entertaining.

This is a book you can read chapter by chapter or just dip into.

It's an undemanding read but you find yourself reading on and on.

If you have anyone who is interested in astronomy then this would make a wonderful gift.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent amateur astronomy primer 5 May 2012
By R Barry
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This book is an excellent introduction to amateur astronomy.
It is organised into logical subject headings with answers to important questions - some of which I have often wondered about.
Every question is dealt with and answered thoroughly - sometimes in an entertaining manner.
The book is a great reference book for dipping into and is a must for every amateur's bookshelf.
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By Moragh
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No-one can have anything bad to say about the sadly belated Sir Patrick so it follows that the book is good.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bought as a gift 22 Feb 2014
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The recipient of this book is delighted with it. Just the sort of book to dip in and out of if you are a big fan of astronomy, and of the TV show.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Sky at Night. 8 Feb 2014
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Fab book with lots of extremely interesting information which is very thought provoking. Great for anyone interested in astronomy. Well written and well thought out in its layout of different questions answered in different chapters. Definately Five Stars!!!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic primer on Astronomy and more
This is a fantastic introduction to astronomy - but what really surprised me was the diversity of information. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Sam Quirke
4.0 out of 5 stars Definitely worth having
Nice book, with direct answers to many interesting questions about the universe, our solar system and space travel.
Sometimes it risks repeating itself here or there . . . Read more
Published 6 months ago by George
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice book
The book is nicely written, can come back from time to time. Gave it as a present, and she was very happy to receive it.
Published 7 months ago by An. M.
5.0 out of 5 stars What A Good Book !
Very enjoyable reading. Loads of questions from different people and the answers given are fantastic.Well worth buying this excellent book.
Published 8 months ago by k.10
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Been seeing this advertised every month after the Sky at Night programme and decided to buy it and glad I did, it's full of interesting and sometimes amusing/silly questions that... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Nibz
4.0 out of 5 stars Sky at Night
A very good book with lots of information. Very useful for a beginner, as well as for more experienced astronomers.
Published 11 months ago by Beverley Clark
5.0 out of 5 stars Patrick at his best
Bought this book not knowing what to expect. I was pleasantly surprised! The questions are well laid out and gives the budding Astronomer good insight into the Cosmos. Read more
Published 14 months ago by CulMC
5.0 out of 5 stars Its worth it
Simply excellent. Trouble is I can't stop hearing Patrick's voice
There were questions and answers I'd never even thought of
Published 15 months ago by Mr D Robinson
5.0 out of 5 stars interesting
A very good read, one has to learn something from this book. Some questions, in my opinion should not be there, even the author made a comment that its a political; so my print the... Read more
Published 16 months ago by R. Suitters
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