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The Universal Book of Astronomy: From the Andromeda Galaxy to the Zone of Avoidance.


You want to gawk at 150 hot young stars? Darling says look not to a Hollywood party but to the Arches cluster--stars at the center of the Milky Way crammed into a space roughly one light-year across. Darling is a noted astronomy writer who lets his readers in on the latest advances in this field. This is an encyclopedia of objects from every corner of the universe, but Darling paints an overall picture as well. Each of the 3,000 entries gives current information about a topic such as comets, asteroids, meteorites, moons, planets, constellations, nebulae, galaxies, microquasars, brown dwarfs, and dark energy but also tells a bit of the history of astronomy. Extensive cross-references direct readers to entries on related topics, which include astronomical societies, major observatories, and biographical information about key astronomers. Wiley, 2004, 570 p., color plates/b&w photos/illus., hardcover, $40.00.
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Date:Jan 3, 2004
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