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The Universe Explained: A Cosmic Q and A
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Heather Couper Nigel Henbest
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The Universe Explained: A Cosmic Q and A

Heather Couper Nigel Henbest


Firefly Books Ltd

Mathematics & Sciences;
Popular astronomy & space


288 pages

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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 humour. 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.

By:   Heather Couper, Nigel Henbest
Imprint:   Firefly Books Ltd
Country of Publication:   Canada
Dimensions:   Height: 235mm,  Width: 190mm, 
ISBN:   9780228100829
ISBN 10:   0228100828
Pages:   288
Publication Date:   November 2018
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Unspecified

Heather Couper studied astrophysics at Oxford University. She ran the Greenwich Planetarium and is a past President of both the British Astronomical Association and the Society for Popular Astronomy, as well as a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society and the Institute of Physics. She is a regular broadcaster on BBC TV and radio. Nigel Henbest was Astronomy Consultant to New Scientist magazine, Editor of the Journal of the British Astronomical Association, and Media Consultant to the Royal Greenwich Observatory. The team also wrote The History of Astronomy.

A visual feast ... The book is bang up to date with recent developments too. There is some cutting-edge astronomy in here ... The format also makes the book great for dipping in and out of.-- (11/14/2018) Inspired by questions the astronomer-authors received after giving presentations, this book is an entertaining and informative collection of facts. Related questions are grouped into 14 different topics ranging from Sky Sights to Alien Life. From the classic why is the sky blue? to are there more stars in the universe than grains of sand on Earth's beaches?, the answers are informative and at times thought-provoking. The writing style is chatty and will appeal to curious readers. Annotated pictures and images appear on almost every page. The book concludes with a glossary and an index. An out-of-this world delight for young adults and adult browsers alike.-- (02/01/2019) This is a good introduction to most aspects of astronomy, written and presented in a style designed to appeal to the young.--Debra Holton The Observatory (02/01/2019) Fun, informative, beautifully illustrated throughout, The Universe Explained is unreservedly recommended for both school and community library collections as an ideal introduction to astronomy and is especially appropriate for the non-specialist general reader with an interest in the subject.--Midwest Book Review (09/01/2018) Stemettes Recommends (Ages 12-15)--Stemettes (03/28/2019)

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