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This review is from: Patrick Moore's Data Book of Astronomy (Hardcover)
... if you need a book where you can find all the data you need on the solar system. In this book you'll also find some data on stars, nebulae, clusters, constallations and so on.
This book will certainly serve you well, if you have a somewhat nerd-ish interest in astronomy (like I do), or perhaps even if you are studying astronomy at the university.
Patrick Moore gives the amateur astronomer alot of knowledge about the solar system and the stars, but he doesn't give alot of detailed explanations of the physical phenomena of the universe.
For instance he tells about the spectra of the lights of stars and that astronomers can deside from those, what the stars are composed of, but he doesn't get into the quantum physics behind it... which doesn't matter if you just need a data book, or if you find it interesting to expand your knowledge of the solarsystem and the night sky.
Beeing a complete astro-nerd, I'd have to give this book 5 stars!
The book is written in a language anyone with an interest in astronomy or physics should be able to understand. I'm from Denmark, so my native toungue isn't even english, and I've read the whole 500+ pages without any problems. The last pages of the book is a glossary. It makes the reeding much smoother, that he doesn't explain each and every technical term all the way through the book!