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Astronomy (Teach Yourself Science S.)

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The Data Book of Astronomy is a one-stop reference for astronomers at all levels of experience, from beginners to experienced observers. Filled with data about the Earth, Moon, the planets, the stars, our Galaxy, and the myriad galaxies in deep space, it also reveals the latest scientific discoveries about black holes, quasars, and the origins of the Universe. Written by a ...more
Paperback, 2nd Revised Edition, 240 pages
Published 2003 (first published 1995)
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Portia Costa
Sep 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is an extremely readable basic primer on astronomy. It doesn't overwhelm, but it's sufficiently detailed to leave you feeling that you've acquired a wealth of fascinating scientific knowledge.

The big plus is the writing style. Patrick Moore's familiar voice and wry wit shine through, enhancing the experience and making you feel as if you're with him, inside an extended edition of The Sky at Night!
Mark McKenny
Oct 22, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Finally got around to finishing this. Now I just need to find a place to live with less light pollution. A great introduction to all things astronomical.
The book is written in a very simple easy to understand manner with a sense of humor at places. Many of the concepts are well explained.
However you tend to loose your way in the maze of jargons and names of countless stars, constellations and galaxies.
It seems to me the subject of astronomy is such that it can't be grasped in a single reading, however much the author tries to simplify it.
But overall a fairly good book to get started on astronomy.
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Sir Alfred Patrick Caldwell-Moore, CBE, Hon FRS, FRAS, known as Patrick Moore, was an English amateur astronomer, who is the most well known English promoter of astronomy. Moore wrote numerous books on the subject, as well as make public, television and radio appearances, over the course of his long life. He is credited as having done more than any other
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