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Astronomy For Dummies [Kindle Edition]

Stephen P. Maran
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The fun and easy way to explore the night sky

Do you know the difference between a red giant and a white dwarf? From asteroids to black holes, this easy-to-understand guide takes you on a grand tour of the universe. Featuring updated star maps, charts, and an insert with gorgeous full-color photographs, Astronomy For Dummies provides an easy-to-follow introduction to the night sky. Plus, this new edition also gives you the latest theories, explanations, and insights into the basic workings of the universe.

  • Includes updated schedules of coming eclipses of the Sun and Moon and a revised planetary appendix
  • Covers recent discoveries in space, such as water on the Moon and Pluto's demotion from "planet" status
  • Collects new websites, lists of telescope motels, sky-watching guides, and suggestions for beginner's telescopes and suppliers
  • Brings you up-to-speed on the latest social trends and personal technology, such as stargazing mobile apps, NASA video, and the prevalence of "Citizen Science" networks

Whether you're an amateur astronomer, space enthusiast, or enrolled in a first year astronomy course, Astronomy For Dummies has you covered.

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The fun and easy way to explore the night sky
 
Do you know the difference between a red giant and a white dwarf? From asteroids to black holes, this easy-to-understand guide takes you on a grand tour of the universe. Featuring updated star maps, charts, and an insert with gorgeous full-color photographs, Astronomy For Dummies provides an easy-to-follow introduction to the night sky.
* See the light - get pointers on observing sky objects with and without optics, selecting binoculars and telescopes, and positioning yourself for optimal viewing
* Won't you be my neighbor? - take a tour of the collection of planets, moons, and planetary debris that orbits the Sun
* Meet some old sols - find the best and brightest of the sky objects and enhance your connection to the universe by getting to know the life cycle of stars
* Ponder this - explore thought-provoking concepts like the search for extraterrestrial intelligence and the nature of dark matter and antimatter
 
Open the book and find:
* The difference between planets and stars
* Names of stars and constellations
* Terrific tools for observing the skies
* A tour of the solar system
* The scoop on the Big Bang theory and the evolution of the universe
* Full-color photos of spiral galaxies, nebulae, asteroids, and planets
* The 4-1-1 on black holes and quasars
* Astronomy clubs, websites, apps, and more
 
Learn to:
* Enjoy skywatching in your backyard
* Identify planets and stars
* Explore our solar system, the Milky Way, and beyond
* Understand the Big Bang, quasars, antimatter, and more

Produktinformation

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 4213 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 360 Seiten
  • Verlag: For Dummies; Auflage: 3 (4. Oktober 2012)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ASIN: B009MTP03C
  • Text-to-Speech (Vorlesemodus): Aktiviert
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  • Word Wise: Aktiviert
  • Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 4.0 von 5 Sternen  Alle Rezensionen anzeigen (1 Kundenrezension)
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Astronomy for Dummies 1. Februar 2014
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Quite nicely written. I took a course in astronomy 64 years ago at SMU in Dallas, Texas, and this book is a good way to refresh one's memory or to introduce new information about astronomy.

R. Cloyd
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11 von 12 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich
5.0 von 5 Sternen A first-rate introduction to astronomy 20. November 2012
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Do you know - what an astronomical unit is, the names of many star constellations, or about different types of telescopes? These are just a few of the things covered in the first 60 pages of this book. Subsequent pages go on to things like the planets of our solar system and then to the stars of the universe. Still further on the book covers very modern topics such as black holes, dark matter and dark energy. All this is done in a very clear and introductory manner. The focus of the book is on basic astronomy, not on astrophysics, so it contains no mathematics, and black holes, dark matter and dark energy are discussed in a very basic and general manner. The book is not a color picture book - it contains only 20 color photographs. However, the book does provide the basics of astronomy in a very clear text, augmented with tables and some star charts. I think it is a very good book for a high school student or for an introductory college course. While not oriented towards them, more advanced students may also find some useful information in this book.

This book is divided into six parts:
1) Stalking the Cosmos - This is a basic section describing astronomy, basic tools and sky watching in general.
2) Going Once Around the Solar System - This section contains chapters that discuss the earth, moon, the planets and their moons, and other solar system features such as asteroids and Kuiper Belt objects.
3) Meeting Old Sol and Other Stars - The chapters in this part of the book deal with our sun and other stars. It includes discussion of different types of stars and discussions of galaxies, black holes and quasars.
4) Pondering the Remarkable Universe - This section discusses the question of the possibility of other life in the Universe and a bit of cosmology. It discusses the "Big Bang" and the microwave radiation measurements that have been used to support this model. This part of the book also very briefly discusses dark matter and dark energy.
5) The Part of Tens - Like many of the books in this series, this one contains lists of ten facts, such as "You Have Tiny Meteorites in Your Hair", and ten common errors, such as "Summer Always Comes When the Earth is Closest to the Earth".
6) Appendices - There is an appendix of 8 star maps and an appendix containing a Glossary of terms. The book also has an index. There is no bibliography at the end of the book, but there are references distributed throughout, including many interesting Internet sites.
10 von 11 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich
5.0 von 5 Sternen Heavens Above! 26. November 2012
Von Grady Harp - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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ASTRONOMY FOR DUMMIES is not the usual 'for dummies' type book. This very well written book by Dr. Stephen P. Maran, a retired Assistant Director of Space Sciences for Information and Outreach at NASA thinks well, communicates effectively and while exploring all aspects of the science of Astronomy conveys to the reader a sense of awe and appreciation for the complete history of Astronomy and its function in our current exploration of space.

In a very concise way he takes the reader into the pleasure of observing the night skies, showing the constellation and how they are related (and named!), explains some of those terms that seem rather foreign to many, terms such as 'black holes', Big Bang theory, quasars, asteroids, extraterrestrial intelligence, and then takes the reader on a guided tour of the universe - suns, solar systems, planets, stars - in a manner that is as educational as it is experiential. The book is generously illustrated with diagrams and in the middle of the book is a panorama of gorgeous color photographs of the various planets and their accoutrements, including photos from the Hubble Space Telescope of planetary nebulae and one of two galaxies caught in cosmic collision.

This is a fascinating book to read and one that will become a frequent reference manual when sharing the spaciousness of the night skies with those your love. Grady Harp, November 12
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Everything you wanted to know about astronomy but were afraid to ask - a good start, but just a start 18. Dezember 2012
Von Joel Avrunin - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Stephen Maran has attempted to take a very complex and detailed topic like "astronomy", and condense it into a bright yellow "For Dummies" format book. For that he is to be commended. Given that he worked at one of the best institutions for education in space and sciences, NASA Goddard, it is no surprise that the book is clear and well written. Just picking what topics to cover in 300 pages is difficult, and Maran obviously had to make some tough choices in picking the chapters of this book.

The book begins by covering the basics of observational astronomy. Confusing rules like those that govern naming conventions of stars and ideas like magnitude are explained clearly. Maran gives a guide to understanding telescopes and binoculars along with suggestions for what to look for when you buy them. If you were going to spend serious money, I'd likely suggest doing more research than Maran provides here, but hopefully his book dissuades a newcomer to astronomy from buying the cheapest telescope sold at Wal-Mart or something of unknown provenance from CraigsList.

The book then proceeds to discuss astronomical phenomena like meteors and comets (and what is the difference between meteroid, meteors, and meteorites?), and then planetary science, discussing the earth, the moon, and the other planets in the solar system. He has a wonderful discussion of the sun and other stars, along with types of stars and composition. The book even delves beyond observational astronomy into deep science and cosmology. Maran discusses black matter, dark energy, the search for extraterrestrial intelligence (SETI), exo-planets, and the Big Bang. He ends the book with strange facts and misconceptions about astronomy (like "that light took 4 light years to get here").

The middle of the book also have 4 glossy double-sided pages with various astronomical photos for your enjoyment. There are some fairly recent ones here of nice quality that are a good addition to the book.

If I had one qualm, it's that the book needs more diagrams and drawings. My shelf is covered in astronomy books - any one of the 18 chapters in this book could be a "For Dummies" book into itself. A few concepts that are discussed briefly would be confusing to a true newbie in astronomy, and could have deserved a more expanded treatment (such as measuring star position, calculating telescope focal lengths, or understanding relativity).

All of that being said, it is a "For Dummies" book - it is meant to pique the interest of a new comer to the field, and to be the start and not the culmination of a lifetime of learning about a wonderful topic. While I think a few concepts could have deserved a little deeper treatment and more diagrams, Maran has done a great job with this book and I highly recommend it to the curious new scientists out there to start learning. I also recommend you spend some time at NASA's website where a trove of free information is available as well to further your education.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen I just finished this book and I like it. 24. Januar 2013
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PROS:
* Packed with useful information
* Easy to read
* Designed with the novice in mind
* Detailed table of Contents
* Equally good index
* Easy to read writing style
* Comprehensive
* There's something in there for everyone.

CONS:
* Not many pictures, This is a drawback for an astronomy text
* Most of the pictures it does have are in black and white
* Perhaps a tad bit overly optimistic (That is observing some of these objects might be more difficult than the text leads the reader to believe)
* It touches on many things, but doesn't take the time to dig very deeply into most of them

CONCLUSION:
Just as the title implies, this is a nice, easy to read text for the novice. It is also a useful reference book for more experienced observers. This is because one can quickly find a couple of paragraphs on nearly any astronomical topic. I don't think I would choose this book if I wanted a field manual for observing.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Great Dummies Book for this topic 21. Dezember 2012
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I have been very interested lately on what is going on in our skies, and realized I had zip knowledge of astronomy, and wanted to learn some about it. But not too involved, as I can't do math or physics!

This book worked out really well, as it gave me a good, solid overview of everything, but without going into details I couldn't deal with. I learned a great deal from the book without being overwhelmed, and have a solid reference book.
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