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  • Hardcover: 480 pages
  • Publisher: BBC Books (12 April 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1849903468
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849903462
  • Product Dimensions: 15.7 x 4 x 20.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 65,742 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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

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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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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By SmudgerSmokes on 14 April 2012
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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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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Sid from Portsmouth on 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sam Quirke on 19 Jan 2014
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This is a fantastic introduction to astronomy - but what really surprised me was the diversity of information. There are sections dedicated to every aspect of understanding the cosmos. telescope shopping advice, quantum particle explanations, the history of spaceflight and the shape of the universe - everything is covered, and in simple, enlightening terms for beginners and amateurs like myself.

My only criticisms are that it is slightly repetitive in parts (although the Q&A style of the book means it probably isn't meant to be read end-to-end in one go, as I did). It also suffers from a terrible sense of humour, though that could be seen as part of its geeky charm!

An essential read and fantastic gift for anyone with an interest in outer space, and a great companion piece for those of us whose interest has been reignited by programmes such as Stargazing Live. You'll be grabbing a telescope by the end!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Glenn Cook HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 29 Sep 2013
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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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By F. A. Duckworth on 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By R Barry on 5 May 2012
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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By George on 4 Jan 2014
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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 . . . but there's always something new and intersting to learn; at least for the interested amateur.
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By Lexie Devine on 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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