The Future of the Universe (Astronomers' Universe)

By A.J. Meadows

Many books were written in regards to the monstrous Bang and the way the universe turned how it is this present day. yet what concerning the way forward for the universe? what is going to take place to the Earth and sunlight process? What approximately our galaxy? certainly, how lengthy will the universe as we realize it live to tell the tale? the way forward for the Universe takes the reader on a trip via area and time, starting with an extended examine the Earth and sunlight process, voyaging to the outermost galaxies, and completing with speculations in regards to the lifestyles and destiny of the full universe.

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The Story of Astronomy

From the traditional origins of astronomy to the Copernican revolution, and from Galileo to Hawking's examine into black holes, the tale of Astronomy charts the discoveries of a few of the best minds in human heritage, and their makes an attempt to unveil the secrets and techniques of the celebrities.

Peter Aughton's trademark narrative type is to the fore, demystifying a few of the greatest breakthroughs within the background of technology, and packed choked with interesting nuggets similar to why we've 60 mins in an hour, how the Romans bodged the discovery of the intercalary year and while humans relatively chanced on the Earth wasn't flat (a thousand years prior to Columbus). And explaining within the simplest and compelling of how what Newton, Einstein, Hubble and Hawking particularly accomplished.

Richly informative and readable, the tale of Astronomy is an engaging trip via 3000 years of stargazing. incorporated are chapters on: The Origins of Astronomy; From Babylon to historical Greece; The Almagest; Persian Stargazing; Nicholas Copernicus; Tycho and Kepler; Galileo; Newton and The Clockwork Universe; William Herschel; discovering Longitude; Einstein; Hubble's Universe; The Microcosm and the Macrocosm; past the obvious Spectrum; Black Holes and Quasars; Stephen Hawking; the instant of construction; the long run.

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Horizons: Exploring the Universe

By Michael A. Seeds

With their best-selling astronomy textbook, HORIZONS, authors Mike Seeds and Dana Backman assist you comprehend your home within the universe--not simply your situation in area yet your position within the unfolding background of the actual universe. to accomplish this aim, they specializes in significant questions: "What Are We?" which highlights your home as a planet dweller in an evolving universe, guiding you to raised comprehend the place we got here from and the way we shaped; and "How will we Know?" which gives insights into how the method of technological know-how can train us extra approximately what we're.

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Neutrino Physics and Astrophysics

The clinical application of those vital complaints used to be prepared to hide lots of the box of neutrino physics. In gentle of the swift progress of curiosity encouraged via new attention-grabbing effects from the sphere, greater than half the papers provided listed here are regarding the neutrino mass and oscillations, together with atmospheric and sun neutrino reviews. Neutrino mass and oscillations may possibly suggest the life of a mass scale many orders of magnitudes greater than awarded in present physics and should most likely advisor scientists past the traditional version of particle physics.

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Archives of the Universe: 100 Discoveries That Transformed Our Understanding of the Cosmos

By Marcia Bartusiak

An unheard of historical past of astronomy provided within the phrases of the scientists who made the discoveries. listed below are the writings of Copernicus, Galileo, Kepler, Newton, Halley, Hubble, and Einstein, in addition to that of dozens of others who've considerably contributed to our photo of the universe.

From Aristotle's evidence that the Earth is around to the 1998 paper that posited an accelerating universe, this ebook comprises a hundred entries spanning the background of astronomy. Award-winning technological know-how author Marcia Bartusiak presents significantly interesting introductions, placing the cloth in context and explaining its position within the literature. Archives of the Universe is vital studying for pro astronomers, technological know-how heritage buffs, and yard stargazers alike.

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Edge of the Universe: A Voyage to the Cosmic Horizon and Beyond

By Paul Halpern

An available examine the mysteries that lurk on the fringe of the recognized universe and beyond.  The observable universe, the half we will see with telescopes, is amazingly huge. but fresh theories recommend that there's way more to the universe than what our tools record--in truth, it can be limitless. massive flows of galaxies, huge empty areas known as voids, and different unexplained phenomena provide clues that our personal "bubble universe" might be a part of a better realm referred to as the multiverse. How great is the observable universe? What it really is made from? What lies past it? used to be there a time prior to the large Bang? may possibly area have unseen dimensions? during this publication, physicist and technological know-how author Paul Halpern explains what we know--and what we are hoping to quickly locate out--about our outstanding cosmos.

  • Explains what we all know concerning the titanic Bang, the accelerating universe, darkish power, darkish circulate, and darkish subject to check the various theories concerning the content material of the universe and why its side is getting farther clear of us faster
  • Explores the concept the observable universe can be a hologram and that every thing that occurs inside of it would be written on its edge
  • Written via physicist and well known technological know-how author Paul Halpern, whose different books contain Collider: the hunt for the World's Smallest Particles, and What's technology Ever performed For Us: What the Simpsons Can train Us approximately Physics, Robots, lifestyles, and the Universe

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The 50 Best Sights in Astronomy and How to See Them: Observing Eclipses, Bright Comets, Meteor Showers, and Other Celestial Wonders

By Fred Schaaf

Fred Schaaf is among the so much skilled astronomical observers of our time. For greater than twenty years, his view of the sky--what could be seen, while it will likely be seen, and what it's going to glance like--has inspired tens of hundreds of thousands of individuals to show their eyes skyward.
--David H. Levy, technological know-how Editor, Parade journal, discoverer of twenty-one comets, and writer of Starry evening and Cosmic Discoveries

"Fred Schaaf is a poet of the celebrities. He brings the sky into people's lives in a manner that's compelling, and his descriptions have all of the effect of witnessing the celebrities on a crystal transparent darkish night."
--William Sheehan, coauthor of Mars: The trap of the pink Planet and The Transits of Venus

The evening sky holds unending fascination for someone who chooses just to search for and realize, yet with quite a bit to work out, it may be tough to grasp the place to begin. This impressive ebook introduces you to the fifty top points of interest in astronomy and tells you precisely tips on how to see them. very quickly in any respect, you'll methods to locate and relish the Orion workforce of constellations; the summer time Triangle; Venus, Jupiter, and Mars; the simplest meteor showers; man-made satellites; famous person clusters; novae; variable stars; and more.

The points of interest are offered in keeping with the sector of view essential to see them. Your eyes and a transparent evening sky are all you must view the points of interest within the first a part of the e-book, earlier than relocating directly to those who might be saw via binoculars and, eventually, a telescope. Concise descriptions and reasons of those fantastic visible wonders will deepen your appreciation of them and spur additional exploration. additionally, you will locate the fundamental easy info on astronomical commentary you must start, together with watching stipulations, strategies, telescopes, and astronomical measurements.

Once you begin looking at, you'll see that the sky relatively is the limit--and learning its notable treasures becomes your lifetime ardour.

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Extreme Cosmos: A Guided Tour of the Fastest, Brightest, Hottest, Heaviest, Oldest, and Most Amazing Aspects of Our Universe

By Bryan Gaensler

A most sensible astronomer explores the universe throughout the lens of its so much jaw-dropping extremes.

The universe is all approximately extremes, and during this attractive and thought-provoking booklet, astronomer Bryan Gaensler supplies a whirlwind travel of the galaxies, with an emphasis on its quickest, preferred, heaviest, brightest, oldest, densest, or even loudest parts. From supernova explosions one thousand million occasions brighter than the solar to an asteroid the scale of a seashore ball, severe Cosmos bargains a desirable, clean, and educated viewpoint of the amazing richness of the universe, and the amazing physics that smooth astronomy has printed.

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The Earth and the Moon (Solar System)

By Linda T Elkins-Tanton

The moon is the single physique within the sun method outdoor of the Earth that has been visited through people. greater than 440 kilos of lunar fabric are introduced via NASA and Soviet area missions to Earth for examine. the knowledge gleaned in regards to the moon from this really small pile of rocks is mind-boggling and stands because the maximum facts that Martian planetary technology will be significantly better by way of returning samples to Earth. Compositional reports of lunar rocks express that the moon and the Earth are made from related fabric, and since lunar fabric has no longer been transformed via erosion and plate tectonics, it sheds mild at the early formation of the moon and its inner evolution. provided in complete colour, The Earth and the Moon, Revised variation compares the Earth with the opposite planets from the viewpoint of a planetary scientist. It offers in-depth info at the primary points of the Earth as a planet together with its dimension and mass, its orbit, and the explanations of its seasons.

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Impact!: The Threat of Comets and Asteroids

By Gerrit L. Verschuur

Such a lot scientists now agree that a few sixty-five million years in the past, a big comet slammed into the Yucatan, detonating a blast twenty million occasions extra robust than the most important hydrogen bomb, punching a gap ten miles deep within the earth. Trillions of a whole lot rock have been vaporized and embarked on the ambience. For 1000 miles in all instructions, crops burst into flames. there have been great blast waves, searing winds, showers of molten topic from the sky, earthquakes, and a negative darkness that lower out sun for a yr, enveloping the planet in freezing chilly. hundreds of thousands of species of crops and animals have been obliterated, together with the dinosaurs, a few of that could became extinct in a question of hours. In Impact, Gerrit L. Verschuur deals an eye-opening examine such catastrophic collisions with our planet. maybe extra very important, he paints an unsettling portrait of the potential of new collisions with earth, exploring power threats to our planet and describing what scientists are doing immediately to organize for this lousy risk.
each day anything from house hits our planet, Verschuur finds. in reality, approximately 10,000 a whole bunch area particles fall to earth each year, regularly in meteoric shape. the writer recounts brilliant fresh sightings, reminiscent of over Allende, Mexico, in 1969, whilst a fireball showered the area with 4 hundreds fragments, and the twenty-six pound meteor that went during the trunk of a purple Chevy Malibu in Peekskill, manhattan, in 1992 (the meteor used to be thus offered for $69,000 and the auto itself fetched $10,000). yet meteors usually are not the best chance to lifestyles in the world, the writer issues out. the key threats are asteroids and comets. The reader discovers that astronomers have situated a few 350 NEAs ("Near Earth Asteroids"), items whose orbits pass the orbit of the earth, the biggest of that are 1627 Ivar (6 kilometers broad) and 1580 Betula (8 kilometers). certainly, we research that during 1989, a bus-sized asteroid referred to as Asclepius ignored our planet by way of 650,000 kilometers (a mere six hours), and that during 1994 a sixty-foot item handed inside 180,000 kilometers, part the gap to the moon. Comets, in fact, are much more lethal. Verschuur presents a gripping description of the small comet that exploded within the surroundings above the Tunguska River valley in Siberia, in 1908, in a dazzling flash seen for numerous thousand miles (every tree inside of sixty miles of floor 0 used to be flattened). He discusses Comet Swift-Tuttle--"the most threatening item within the sun system"--a comet a ways greater than the person who killed off the dinosaurs, as a result of go through earth's orbit within the yr 2126. And he recounts the collision of Comet Shoemaker-Levy nine with Jupiter in 1994, as a few twenty cometary fragments struck the enormous planet over the process numerous days, casting giant plumes out into area (when Fragment G hit, it outshone the planet at the infrared band, and left a depressing quarter on the effect website higher than the nice crimson Spot). furthermore, the writer describes the efforts of Spacewatch and different teams to find NEAs, and evaluates the concept comet and asteroid affects were an underrated think about the evolution of lifestyles on earth.
Astronomer Herbert Howe saw in 1897: "While there usually are not sure facts to cause from, it's believed that an come across with the nucleus of 1 of the biggest comets isn't really to be desired." As Verschuur indicates in Impact, now we have huge info with which to aid Howe's tongue-in-cheek comment. no matter if discussing enormous tsunamis or the innumerable comets within the sunlight method, this booklet will enthrall a person keen on outer house, awesome usual phenomenon, or the way forward for the planet earth.

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