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Constellation Finder: A Guide to Patterns in the Night Sky with Start Stories from Around the World
Constellation Finder
A Guide to Patterns in the Night Sky with Start Stories from Around the World
Paperback      ISBN: 0912550260

Easily Identify the Constellations in the Night Sky

Enjoy this essential guide to patterns in the night sky by celebrated author Dorcas Miller, with star stories from around the world. With this handy, easy-to-use book, you'll be able to identify the constellations in no time.

People around the world, and through the centuries, from the ancient Egyptians to the Pomo of California, have given names to the patterns they see in the night sky.

The latest book in the Finders series of pocket guides:

  • Features constellations from many cultures
  • Shows how to find them in the sky
  • Gives hints for stargazing, seasonal star maps, and constellation profiles
  • Is heavily illustrated by the author

This guide is most useful for stargazing between the 30th and 50th parallels in the northern hemisphere. In North America, this includes the contiguous United States (except the Florida peninsula and southernmost Texas), and southern Canada. Also includes southern Europe, Turkey, northern China, and Japa

Hyperspace: A Scientific Odyssey Through Parallel Universes, Time Warps, and the 10th Dimens Ion
Hyperspace
A Scientific Odyssey Through Parallel Universes, Time Warps, and the 10th Dimens Ion
Paperback      ISBN: 0385477058

The first book-length exploration of the most exciting development in modern physics, the theory of 10-dimensional space. The theory of hyperspace, which Michio Kaku pioneered, may be the leading candidate for the Theory of Everything that Einstein spent the remaining years of his life searching for.

Parallel Universes: The Search for Other Worlds
Parallel Universes
The Search for Other Worlds
Paperback      ISBN: 0671696017

From renowned physicist Fred Alan Wolf comes his enthralling and accessible exploration of parallel universes and the various theories surrounding them.

In this enthralling read (Publishers Weekly), travel through the frontiers of space as physicist Fred Alan Wolf guides you through the complex yet intruging concept of parallel universes. Challenge your preceptions of the universe and explore ideas as varied as superspace theater and zero-time ghosts and even explore a future where time travel is real and black holes are gateways rather than endings.
Amateur Astronomy
Amateur Astronomy
Hardcover      SKU: 1199540757
The Spirit of St. Louis
The Spirit of St. Louis
Paperback      ISBN: 087351288x

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Biography, this is Lindbergh's own account of his historic transatlantic flight in 1927. Chosen as one of the "100 Greatest Adventure Books" of all time by National Geographic Adventure magazine.

A Peterson Field Guide to Stars and Planets
A Peterson Field Guide to Stars and Planets
4th Edition    Paperback      ISBN: 0395934311

The fourth edition of this best-selling field guide has been completely revised and updated to include the latest information from leading astronomical sources. All the time-sensitive material is new and valid through 2010: solar eclipses, phases of the moon, positions of the planets, and more. Twenty-four Monthly Sky Maps, all newly revised and in color, show exactly what you'll see when facing north or south in the night sky. Fifty-two Atlas Charts, also revised and in color, cover the entire sky, including close-ups of areas of special interest such as the Pleiades and the Orion Nebula. The hundreds of thousands of devoted users of the previous editions of this guide have been eagerly awaiting this new volume so they can continue to enjoy their hobby in the coming decades.

Red Moon Rising: Sputnik and the Rivalries That Ignited the Space Age
Red Moon Rising
Sputnik and the Rivalries That Ignited the Space Age
Paperback      ISBN: 0747593078

'Red Moon Rising' is the fascinating story of the launch of Sputnik, the Earth's first ever satellite, and its role in shaping the modern world.

The Secret Melody: And Man Created the Universe
The Secret Melody
And Man Created the Universe
Hardcover      ISBN: 0195073703

If the cosmos is vast, says astrophysicist Trinh Xuan Thuan, it is by no means silent. Nature, he writes, "delights in continuously sending us her notes of music." Like some far-off orchestra, it tantalizes us with fragments of a symphony, but the melody linking the bits and snatches of song is missing. The task of science is to unravel the secrets of that hidden melody, so that we can listen to the composition in all its glory.
In The Secret Melody, Trinh Xuan Thuan examines our many attempts to capture the music of nature and hear the cosmic fugue. First, as prelude, he describes the many other cosmologies that preceded the modern Big Bang theory of creation--the magical universe of cavemen, the ancient Chinese idea of the universe (which Thuan compares to a gigantic bureaucracy), the mathematical universe introduced by Pythagoras, and the heliocentric universe of Copernicus--and he explores the work of Galileo, Tycho Brahe, and other early scientists. He then describes in a clear, vivid, and poetic language our current understanding of the cosmos, painting a sharp picture of how modern astronomers study the universe, the equipment they use, the most prominent scientists, and the major discoveries. A mind-boggling portrait of the cosmos emerges in these pages. We read, for instance, of the incredible size of our own galaxy, the Milky Way, which is some 90,000 light-years in diameter, with several hundred billion stars orbiting its center. More amazing, we discover we live in a universe where stars, like human beings, are born, live, and die, leaving behind such strange and exotic objects as neutron stars and black holes; where time may expand and space may contract; and where billions of galaxies have sprung from a tiny primordial speck that was infinitely smaller than a hydrogen atom in a gigantic explosion, the Big Bang. And, of course, any examination of the origin and nature of the universe inevitably raises philosophical and religious questions, and Thuan examines these issues as well, presenting a provocative case for the anthropic principle (which argues that the universe has been fine-tuned to an extreme precision to produce living creatures with consciousness and intelligence) and illuminating the place of God in a Big Bang cosmology.
Here then is an intriguing look at modern cosmology, blending up-to-the-minute descriptions of the forefront of astronomy with thoughtful reflections on science's possible impact on philosophical and religious belief. With many beautiful and informative illustrations, The Secret Melody is an enthralling look at our endless efforts to understand the cosmos and to hear the music of the stars.

Night Sky: A Falcon Field Guide
Night Sky
A Falcon Field Guide
Paperback      ISBN: 076277424x

"Night Sky: ""A Falcon Field Guide" covers both summer and winter constellations, planets, and stars found in the northern hemisphere. Conveniently sized to fit in a pocket and featuring full-color, detailed photographs, this informative guide makes it easy to identify objects in the night sky even from one's own backyard.

Moon Men Return: USS Hornet and the Recovery of the Apollo 11 Astronauts
Moon Men Return
USS Hornet and the Recovery of the Apollo 11 Astronauts
Hardcover      ISBN: 1591141109

This book documents the role played by USS Hornet (CVS-12) in the recovery of the Apollo 11 Command Module after its splashdown in the Pacific Ocean on 24 July 1969. The book covers a period of time leading up to the recovery of Apollo 11, from approximately 5 June - 24 July 1969, during which crewmen of USS Hornet plus specialized NASA and DoD spaceflight recovery units prepared for the recovery operation. It offers a detailed account of those preparations, drawn from both historical records and the personal memories of 80 men who served on board USS Hornet and directly participated in the recovery operation. The purpose of this book is to document for future generations the Navy's role in the successful final phase of the historic flight of Apollo 11 - the manned spaceflight which culminated in man's first walk upon another celestial body, the moon.