Your updated guide to exploring 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–colour photographs, Astronomy For Dummies provides an easy–to–follow introduction to exploring the night sky. Plus, this new edition also comes with chapter quizzes online to help your understanding.
For as long as people have been walking the earth, those people have looked up into the night sky and wondered about the nature of the cosmos.
Without the benefit of science to provide answers, they relied on myth and superstition to help them make sense of what they saw. Lucky for us, we live at a time when regular folks, equipped with nothing more than their naked eyes, can look up into the night sky and gain admittance to infinite wonders. If you know what to look for, you can make out planets, stars, galaxies and many other deep space objects, this book will show you how!
Contributor Bio Stephen P. Maran, PhD, is the retired assistant director of space sciences for information and outreach at the NASA–Goddard Space Flight Centre. An investigator of stars, nebulae, and comets, he worked on the Hubble Space Telescope, Space Shuttle missions, Skylab, and other NASA projects.