101 Objects to See in the Night Sky
Paperback ISBN: 1770853006
The perfect starter astronomy guide to night viewing. 101 Objects to See in the Night Sky is a fun and practical guide to identifying and observing 101 of the most fascinating and exciting sights in the northern night sky. Designed for newcomers to astronomy, the book explains what can be seen using the naked eye, binoculars or a telescope. In the book, professional astronomer Robin Scagell shows the novice astronomer where to look in the sky to see a particular object, or group of objects or sights. They may be a planet, its rings or satellites, a series of lunar craters, a constellation, asteroids, meteors, a nebula, galaxy or star cluster, for example. He describes the object in detail and gives observing tips to improve viewing skills. Informative "Where to find it" instructions and "What you'll see" explanations for each object give night sky viewers an extra hand. A concise "fact file" is provided for each object, and readers can award themselves "points" for their skill in finding the object, with higher scores given for spotting the night sky's more elusive or hard-to-see features. The book is organized by season -- winter, spring, summer, fall -- with an opening section on "things you need to know," such as marker objects (for example, Sirius, the brightest star in winter's night sky) and how to use them to search beyond. It also covers such topics as asteroids and dwarf planets, noctilucent clouds, northern lights, the International Space Station, sunspots, eclipses and much more. 101 Objects to See in the Night Sky is an ideal guide for astronomy novices and classrooms.
A Life in the Cosmos
Paperback ISBN: 0805057676
A biography of a famous scientist, author, and television personality describes Sagan's rise to fame, his fractured personal life, and his relationship with the rest of the scientific community. Reprint. 12,500 first printing.
1st Edition Hardcover ISBN: 0394502949
The well-known astronomer presents an illustrated guide to the universe and to Earth's relationship to it, moving from theories of creation to humankind's discovery of the cosmos, to general relativity, to space missions, and beyond
The Story of Our Quest to Conquer the Red Planet
Paperback ISBN: 1785782258
Mars is back. Suddenly everyone – from Elon Musk to Ridley Scott to Donald Trump – is talking about going to the Red Planet.When the Apollo astronauts walked on the Moon in 1969, many people imagined Mars would be next. However, NASA’s Viking 1, which landed in 1976, was just a robot. The much-anticipated crewed mission failed to materialise, defeated by a combination of technological and political challenges.Four decades after Viking and almost half a century after Apollo, technology has improved beyond recognition – and politics has changed just as much. As private ventures like SpaceX seize centre stage from NASA, Mars has undergone a seismic shift – no longer just about science, it’s become the prime destination for future human expansion and colonisation.But what’s it really like on Mars, and why should anyone want to go there? How do you get there and what are the risks? Astrophysicist and science writer Andrew May answers all these questions and more, as he traces the history of our fascination with the Red Planet.
The Field Guide to Natural Phenomena
The Secret World of Optical, Atmospheric and Celestial Wonders
Paperback ISBN: 1554077079
Provides an illustrated tour through the universe's most theatrical and mysterious events, including eclipses, the aurora borealis, rainbows, St. Elmo's fire, dust devils, petrified forests, ball lightning, green flashes, waterspouts, salt lakes and much more. Original.
How Einstein's Spacetime Ripples Reveal the Secrets of the Universe
Paperback ISBN: 1785783203
Until then, investigation of the universe had depended on electromagnetic radiation: visible light, radio, X-rays and the rest. But gravitational waves- ripples in the fabric of space and time- are unrelenting, passing through barriers that stop light dead. At the two 2.5 mile long LIGO observatories in the US, scientists developed incredibly sensitive detectors, capable of spotting a movement 100 times smaller than the nucleus of an atom. In 2015 they spotted the ripples produced by two black holes spiralling into each other, setting spacetime quivering. This was the first time black holes had ever been directly detected- and it promises far more for the future of astronomy. Brian Clegg presents a compelling story of human technical endeavour and a new, powerful path to understand the workings of the universe.
Guide to the Night Sky 2019
A Month-by-Month Guide to Exploring the Skies Above North America
Paperback ISBN: 0228101050
"With 2018 Guide to the Night Sky, amateur astronomers can view the sky over the course of a year and not miss a thing. It is also a compact and comprehensive introduction to astronomy... The small and light format makes this book the ideal portable reference." -- Lunar and Planetary Information Bulletin The ideal resource for beginning sky watchers is updated for 2019 sky activity. For many years, Firefly Books has published Guide to the Night Sky annuals that cover events to occur the upcoming year in North America's night sky. This year's edition provides all of the guidance, information and data an amateur astronomer needs to view the sky over the course of the coming year and not miss a thing. It is a compact and comprehensive introduction to astronomy and the equipment needed, while sky watchers with more experience can use the book as a calendar reference for all of 2019. Using the charts and maps and following the accessible text, sky watchers can enjoy viewing the night sky with nothing more complicated than a pair of binoculars or the naked eye. The maps are centered on latitude 40 degrees North helping backyard astronomers in the United States and Canada see how visible stars change over the year, and ensure that they catch the exciting sky events that occur. In addition to the month-by-month guides, the book includes an introduction to the planets, the moon and the sky, and comprehensive back matter. The book's small and light format makes it the ideal portable reference for backyard viewing. 2019 Guide to the Night Sky is a fabulous introduction for new astronomers and sky watchers who don't want to miss a thing.