- Publisher: Visible Ink Press
- Format: Paperback | 332 pages
- Dimensions: 170mm x 244mm x 18mm | 794g
- Publication date: 1 October 2008
- Publication City/Country: Canton, MI
- ISBN 10: 1578591937
- ISBN 13: 9781578591930
- Edition: 2
- Edition statement: 2nd Second Edition, Second ed.
- Illustrations note: colour photos
- Sales rank: 595,596
From planetary movements and the exploration of our solar system to black holes and dark matter, this comprehensive reference simplifies all aspects of astronomy with an approachable question-and-answer format. With chapters broken into various astronomical studies--including the universe, galaxies, planets, and space exploration--this resource is an ideal companion for students, teachers, and amateur astronomers, answering more than 800 questions, such as "Is the universe infinite?""What would happen to you if you fell onto a black hole?""What are the basic concepts of Einstein's special theory of relativity?" and "Who was the first person in space?"
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Charles Liu is a professor of astrophysics at the City University of New York's College of Staten Island, an associate with the Hayden Planetarium, and department of astrophysics at the American Museum of Natural History in New York. He received the 2001 American Institute of Physics Science Writing Award for his book "One Universe: At Home in the Cosmos." He lives in Montclair, New Jersey.
"Poses hundreds of heady questions about such matters as the Big Bang, sunspots, black holes, quarks, neutrinos and Carl Sagan. [A] handy reference . . . accessible writing and careful structure [convey] the pleasures of science and discovery." "--Kirkus Reviews"