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From Blue Moons To Black Holes: A Basic Guide To Astronomy, Outer Space, And Space Exploration [Paperback]

Melanie Melton Knocke

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Book Description

May 6 2005
Our universe is a magnificent place, full of exotic entities like black holes and blue moons, white dwarfs and red giants. And it’s out there for anyone who takes the time to look up! As this engrossing popular astronomy book makes clear, you don’t need a degree in astrophysics to explore the vast reaches of outer space. All you need is curiosity and a little imagination.
From Blue Moons to Black Holes is written specifically for those who have always been intrigued by or have been developing a growing interest in astronomy and space, but have had little time to explore the amazing world of exploding stars, distant galaxies, rovers on other planets, and more. The book consists of three sections: Questions and Answers, Quick Facts, and A Brief History of Lunar and Planetary Exploration.
Knocke — who has often lectured at the prestigious Mount Wilson and Lowell Observatories — provides answers to the most frequently asked questions regarding astronomy, outer space, and space exploration in the Questions and Answers section. She gives simple and easy-to-understand answers to such provocative questions as: "What is a blue moon?" "Could you travel through a black hole?" "Is the North Star the brightest star in the sky?" "Is Pluto really a planet?"
The Quick Facts section offers the reader an easy way to look up fascinating statistics about the moon and planets, bright stars, constellations, and more. This section also includes a guide to upcoming meteor showers and lunar and solar eclipses.
A Brief History of Lunar and Planetary Exploration includes a chronological listing of every mission that has been launched to the moon and planets. By listing both the successes and failures, readers gain a better understanding of just how difficult it is to travel beyond our own planet.
This generously illustrated volume will also include a color insert containing, among other pictures, beautiful images of Saturn from the Cassini spacecraft, currently in orbit around the planet. Whether read from cover to cover or used as a reference tool to search for specific answers, From Blue Moons to Black Holes will prove to be fun, accessible, and wonderfully thought provoking.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 313 pages
  • Publisher: Prometheus Books; 1 edition (May 6 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1591022886
  • ISBN-13: 978-1591022886
  • Product Dimensions: 28.3 x 21.5 x 2.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 953 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,598,494 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Written specifically for those who have been intrigued by or have been developing a growing interest in astronomy and space but have had little time to explore the amazing world of exploding stars, distant galaxies, rovers on other planets, and more."
-Astronomical Society of the Pacific

"A wealth of information in an enjoyable and easy to understand form. Wonderfully clear explanations . . . a perfect reference for any space buff. I read every word, cover to cover, and learned something new on just about every page (really!)." -
Glenn E. Cunningham
Former Project Manager of Nasa's Mars Observer
and Mars Global Surveyor missions
"This is a fabulous treasure trove of space-related information. Delightfully written and illustrated.... This will be a helpful addition to the bookshelves of students and space buffs young and old. Many of us in the space professions whose memories or powers of simple explanation sometimes fail us will also find it a very valuable resource." -
Kathy Sullivan
President and CEO, COSI (Ohio's Center of Science & Industry)
and NASA Astronaut (Ret.)

About the Author

Melanie Melton Knocke (La Crescenta, CA), the former director of science education and public outreach at the Mount Wilson Observatory and Lowell Observatory, is a writer and Web editor for The Planetary Society (http://planetary.org) and the author of Observing for the Fun of It, Will Black Holes Devour the Universe? And 100 Other Questions & Answers about Astronomy, and Astronomy with Binoculars.

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Amazon.com: 4.8 out of 5 stars  4 reviews
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I loved it! Sept. 11 2005
A Kid's Review - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I loved this book! It was down to earth and understandable, and it didn't use a bunch of astronomical lingo that wasn't explained. It has many valuable charts and answers to questions not found anywhere else. I am interested in space and stars, and this book was perfect!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Review of From Blue Moons to Black Holes Oct. 5 2005
By Allan R. Klumpp - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This is an excellent book, both for satisfying one's curiosity about the universe where we all live, to being a reference for the astronomical and cosmic facts.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Lots of info, not many pictures June 8 2012
By Jokerine Borealis - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This book is lovely. Written in a simple and accessible question-answer format, it encompasses all kinds of doubts you may have, even the silliest ones! I specially enjoyed the chronological listing of every mission that has been launched to the moon and planets, which even includes the missions that failed - it's a great way to understand how dangerous, yet fascinating, space travel can be. Unfortunately there are not many colored pictures - the book is printed in simple, even a bit cheap paper, but the inset in the middle of the book is printed in high quality gloss paper that really makes the pictures pop! They are not very big, however; one or two per page. There is also the issue of this being such a chunky book sold as paperback - feels awfully fragile! But it's understandable; the book is meant to stay within reach, both for your mind, and for your wallet! I only wish it had more full-color pictures...
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars awesome! Aug. 20 2005
By K. M. Lewis - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
this book is great for people who want to learn interesting facts about the universe. it had every question and topic that anyone would ever want to know! there are interesting facts about ever planets, missions to planets, moons, stars...everything. I highly recommend this book.

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