Astronomy For Dummies 2nd Edition

From the Back Cover
Features charts, star maps, and full-color photos!
Ever wonder what’s out there?

This is the book for you!

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, showing you how to get the most out of stargazing, planetarium visits, and other cool astronomical activities. It also covers recent discoveries and new astronomy Web sites.

Discover how 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
Join the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI)

About the Author
Stephen P. Maran, PhD, is a 36-year veteran of the space program who has worked on numerous NASA projects, including the Hubble Space Telescope. He is the press officer of the American Astronomical Society.

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Astronomy For Dummies 2nd Edition

An accessible guide to the wonders of the night sky, now updated
From asteroids to black holes, from quasars to white dwarfs, this new edition of Astronomy For Dummies takes backyard stargazers on a grand tour of the universe. Featuring star maps, charts, gorgeous full-color photographs, and easy-to-follow explanations, this fact-filled guide gives readers a leg up on the basic principles of astronomy and shows how to get the most out of binoculars, telescopes, planetarium visits, and other fun astronomical activities. This updated edition includes an updated color signature and covers the many discoveries made in recent years, as well as new astronomy Web sites.

Stargazing for Dummies

Reach for the stars
Stargazing is the practice of observing the night sky and its contents – from constellations through to planets and galaxies. Stars and other night sky objects can be seen with the naked eye, or seen in greater numbers and in more detail with binoculars or a telescope.

Stargazing For Dummies offers you the chance to explore the night sky, providing a detailed guide to the main constellations and also offering advice on viewing other night sky objects such as planets and nebulae. It’s a great introduction to a fun new hobby, and even provides a fun way to get the kids outside while doing something educational!

Gives you an introduction to looking at the sky with binoculars or a telescope
Offers advice on photographing the night sky
Without needing to get your head around mind-bending theories, you can take part in some practical physics
If you’re looking for easy-to-follow guidance on getting to know the night sky, Stargazing For Dummies has you covered.