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Bang!: The Complete History of the Universeby Brian May
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Bring astronomy down from the mountaintops and into the backyard with this one-stop stargazing manual from Sir Patrick Moore and Pete Lawrence, stars of the BBCand#39;s The Sky at Night.and#160;These days, affordable telescopes, cameras, and software make it easy for anyone to explore the heavensandmdash;and capture breathtaking images. Here is all the information amateur astronomers need to proceed, including a month-by-month sky guide, a large wall poster of all the constellations visible from Earth, and a detailed map of the Moon compiled by Moore, who has advised NASA on lunar cartography.
With one big bang, the universe exploded into being 13.7 million years ago. This is the story of how everything came about, from the moment when time and space came into existence, to the formation of the first stars, galaxies, and planets, to the evolution of human beings able to contemplate our own origins and ultimate destiny—and on to the infinite future, after the Red Giant Sun consumes Earth. This updated edition of Bang! explains it all in clear, straightforward terms, chronologically, without any mathematics, and including the most up-to-date discoveries.
About the Author
Although best known to the world as the lead guitarist of supergroup Queen, Brian May has a PhD in astrophysics. Here, for the first time, he uses his remarkable communication skills to share his enthusiasm for astronomy with the world.
The late Sir Patrick Moore was the world's best-loved astronomer, author of more than 100 books, and presenter of the world's longest-running TV program, BBC's The Sky at Night. He was also a renowned musician, with a multitude of compositions to his name, including a march especially commissioned from him by the Royal Marines. Sir Patrick died on December 9, 2012.
Chris Lintott is best known as the co-presenter, with Patrick, of The Sky at Night. He received a degree in Physics from Cambridge, then earned his PhD in Astrophysics at University College London. He is now doing further research at Oxford.
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