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By Stephen P. Maran

The enjoyable and straightforward strategy to discover the evening sky

Do you recognize the variation among a purple tremendous and a white dwarf? From asteroids to black holes, this easy-to-understand consultant takes you on a grand journey of the universe. that includes up to date superstar maps, charts, and an insert with wonderful full-color photos, Astronomy For Dummies offers an easy-to-follow creation to the evening sky. Plus, this re-creation additionally supplies the newest theories, factors, and insights into the elemental workings of the universe.

• contains up to date schedules of coming eclipses of the solar and Moon and a revised planetary appendix
• Covers fresh discoveries in area, akin to water at the Moon and Pluto's demotion from "planet" status
• Collects new web content, lists of telescope inns, sky-watching courses, and recommendations for beginner's telescopes and suppliers
• Brings you up-to-speed at the most modern social tendencies and private expertise, comparable to stargazing cellular apps, NASA video, and the superiority of "Citizen Science" networks

Whether you're an beginner astronomer, area fanatic, or enrolled in a primary yr astronomy path, Astronomy For Dummies has you coated.

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