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The universe explained : a cosmic Q&A / Heather Couper and Nigel Henbest.
Title Variants:
Cosmic Q and A
ISBN:
9780228100829
Publication Information:
Buffalo, New York ; Richmond Hill, Ontario : Firefly Books, 2018.

©2018
Physical Description:
288 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 24 cm
General Note:
Includes index.
Contents:
Sky sights -- Myths and legends -- Space travel -- Telescopes -- The moon -- The sun -- Planets -- Comets, asteroids and meteorites -- Stars -- Black holes -- The Milky Way and other galaxies -- The Big Bang -- Time and space -- Alien life.
Abstract:
"The Universe Explained gives scientific answers to 185 of the most popular questions about astronomy in a lightly humorous question-and-answer format. The Universe Explained answers questions about space travel; telescopes; the solar system; comets, asteroids and meteors; stars; black holes; the Milky Way and other galaxies; the Big Bang and space and time. As well, the possibility of life beyond our planet is explored with up-to-date space discoveries; as well as debunking persistent myths and legends."-- Provided by publisher.
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Summary

Summary

Answers to the most popular astronomy questions of today.

Over the course of their illustrious work in astronomy, Heather Couper and Nigel Henbest collected hundreds of the most popular astronomy questions that they've been asked. In this book they explain the scientific answers to these questions with expertise and a healthy dose of humor. Below are just a few of the 185 questions they answer:

What would happen to an astronaut exposed to space? Can people live on Mars? Can an amateur astronomer make useful discoveries? Why do we have leap years and leap seconds? What are the most extreme conditions life can survive? Is there an edge to the Universe? What happens inside a black hole? Is Pluto a planet?

The Universe Explained answers questions about space travel; telescopes; the solar system; comets, asteroids and meteors; stars; black holes; the Milky Way and other galaxies; the big bang and space and time. As well, Couper and Henbest explore the possibility of life beyond our planet with up-to-date space discoveries and debunk persistent myths and legends.

The Universe Explained is a fun and informative book for anyone curious about astronomy.


Author Notes

Professor Heather Couper is a farmer President of the British Astronomical Association. She's a leading writer and a TV and radio presenter on astronomy. Heather was made a Commander of the British Empire for services to science.
Author of 40 astronomy books, Professor Nigel Henbest researched at Cambridge University before becoming a consultant to New Scientist magazine and the Royal Greenwich Observatory. He is a future Virgin Galactic astronaut.


Table of Contents

Introductionp. 7
1 Sky Sightsp. 9
2 Myths And Legendsp. 29
3 Space Travelp. 43
4 Telescopesp. 71
5 The Moonp. 91
6 The Sunp. 115
7 Planetsp. 131
8 Comets, Asteroids And Meteoritesp. 153
9 Starsp. 177
10 Black Holesp. 199
11 The Milk Way and Other Galaxiesp. 211
12 The Big Bangp. 229
13 Time And Spacep. 243
14 Alien Lifep. 257
Glossaryp. 282
Indexp. 284
Image Creditsp. 288