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Cosmic Adventure: More Secrets from the Night Sky

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Have you ever wondered what happened before the Big Bang, or how we would colonize Mars, or what an alien invasion might really be like? Astronomer Bob Berman has, and in Cosmic Adventure, a collection of twenty-six profound to outrageous essays, he takes readers on a mind-bending tour of the universe, including our own planet Earth. From the most extraordinary cosmic phen ...more
Paperback, 272 pages
Published March 1st 2000 by Quill (first published November 4th 1998)
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Pamela
Nov 30, 2015 Pamela rated it really liked it
Wonderful book about the cosmos,from galaxies and black holes to even more exotic objects. Berman also offers a look at more familiar territory and a kind look at human nature. He sometimes inserts encouraging observations: "a sad interlude often leads to happy finales, destructive novas generate star birth." And,"if something is infinite , then no finite amount of screwing up can do real damage."

Messier,searching for comets, became exasperated and made a list of annoying objects that interfered
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jaccimae
Aug 09, 2007 jaccimae rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: those that respect astronomy and often wonder
Incredible read....and to think there exists a person who actually believed they could buy the sun! Anyone intereested in naming a star? When I met Bob Berman he captured me and all other thoughts, troubled as they were, seem to disappear for awhile. I will always treasure what he wrote for me.."With wishes for clear skies". I do believe better days are in store for me and my loved ones.
Jim
Nov 13, 2011 Jim rated it really liked it
I've been reading Bob Berman's columns in Astronomy Magazine for years now. He has a gift for looking at everyday occurances from a new perspective, and making them incredibly interesting. He has applied that skill to this book. I have more than a layman's knowledge of Astronomy, but I learned something new on every page.
Bull Durham
Sep 20, 2016 Bull Durham rated it did not like it
Held some promise as a source for deeper understanding of the cosmos but wandered into his politics and bullsh*t, which distracted me. About 20% of his chapters were nuggets, the rest very light weight, superficial
Rachel
Dec 29, 2011 Rachel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very engaging and informative. Teaches you the part of astronomy that you get in school unless you take a specialized class.
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Apr 11, 2013 Joyce rated it really liked it
really enjoy this author
Rita
Sep 17, 2007 Rita rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2007
Yay space! Although I didn't understand all of it, this was fun and interesting. It's written in short, independent chapters melding scientific tidbits and the author's personal life history.
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Bob Berman is one of America's top astronomy writers. For many years, he wrote the popular "Night Watchman" column for Discover magazine. He is currently a columnist for Astronomy magazine and a host on NPR's Northeast Public Radio, and he is the science editor of the Old Farmer's Almanac.
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