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From Blue Moons To Black Holes: A Basic Guide To Astronomy, Outer Space, And Space Exploration Paperback – May 6 2005

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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 ( 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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
I loved it! Sept. 11 2005
A Kid's Review - Published on
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
Review of From Blue Moons to Black Holes Oct. 5 2005
By Allan R. Klumpp - Published on
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
Lots of info, not many pictures June 8 2012
By Jokerine Borealis - Published on
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
awesome! Aug. 20 2005
By K. M. Lewis - Published on
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.