Astronomy 101 (Hardcover)

From the Sun and Moon to Wormholes and Warp Drive, Key Theories, Discoveries, and Facts about the Universe (Adams 101)

By Carolyn Collins Petersen

Adams Media, 9781440563591, 288pp.

Publication Date: July 18, 2013

List Price: 15.95*
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Explore the curiosities of our galaxy!

Too often, textbooks obscure the beauty and wonder of outer space with tedious discourse that even Galileo would oppose. Astronomy 101 cuts out the boring details and lengthy explanations, and instead, gives you a lesson in astronomy that keeps you engaged as you discover what's hidden beyond our starry sky.

From the Big Bang and nebulae to the Milky Way and Sir Isaac Newton, this celestial primer is packed with hundreds of entertaining astronomy facts, charts, and photographs you won't be able to get anywhere else.

So whether you're looking to unravel the mystery behind black holes, or just want to learn more about your favorite planets, Astronomy 101 has all the answers--even the ones you didn't know you were looking for.

About the Author

Carolyn Petersen is an award-winning science writer and the Associate Editor of GeminiFocus, published by Gemini Observatory. She also writes and edits material for the Subaru Observatory in Hawaii, which is operated by the National Astronomical Observatory of Japan. Her work has appeared in Yahoo! News, MIT's Tech Talk, the Radcliffe Quarterly, Sky & Telescope magazine, Astronomy magazine, and StarDate magazine. Most recently, she wrote and co-produced a podcast series titled 'Space Weather FX' for a NASA-funded MIT Haystack Observatory project and served as senior exhibit writer for NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory's Visitor's Center.