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Universe: The Definitive Visual Guide Kindle Edition
Marvel at the wonders of the universe, from stars and planets to black holes and nebulae, in this exploration of our solar system and beyond.
Universe opens with a look at astronomy and the history of the Universe, using 3D artworks to provide a comprehensive grounding in the fundamental concepts of astronomy, including the basic techniques of practical astronomy.
The core of the book is a tour of the cosmos covering the Solar System, the Milky Way, and galaxies beyond our own. Explanatory pages introduce different celestial phenomena, such as galaxies, and are followed by catalogs that profile the most interesting and important examples.
A comprehensive star atlas completes the picture, with entries on each of the 88 constellations and a monthly sky guide showing the night sky as it appears throughout the year as viewed from both the northern and southern hemispheres.
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From first words to the Big Bang, from the wonders of nature to city adventures, you will find expert knowledge, hours of fun and endless inspiration in the pages of our books.
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- ASIN : B0895K2B7P
- Publisher : DK (September 8, 2020)
- Publication date : September 8, 2020
- Language : English
- File size : 299449 KB
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- Print length : 527 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 0241412749
- Best Sellers Rank: #10,272 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Reviewed in the United States on February 5, 2021
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Many thumbnail-sized photos have been added of revised throughout the book, including those on pages 22, 24, 26, 27, 28, 31, 36, 37,41, 43, 49, 54, 55, 90, 94, 105, 111, 112, 113, 114, 115, 170, 172, 181, 220, 227, 238, 239, 240, 243, 252, 257, 264, 265, 269, 271, 284, 285, 286, 311, 312, 320, 323, 324, 336, and 346. The section of Mercury has been expanded and now included complete photographic coverage of the planet. The Moon landing table on page 141 has been updated. A two page photo of Mount Sharp has replaced the Martian Dunes photo on pages 168 -169 in the Mars section. Several additions to the asteroids section, including 1 Ceres on page 175., 101955 Bennu on page 176, and 162173 Ryugu on page 177. There is a new photo of "Saturn from above" on pp. 198-199, a new section on Pluto and Charon on pp. 208-209, and a new Carina Nebula spread on pp. 248-249. "Gomez Hamburger Nebula" has been replaced with "Southern Crab Nebula" on page 262, and Extra Solar Planets on pp. 296-299 has been revisied. A new photo of "Beyond the Milky Way" appears on pp. 300-301. There is a new photo of the constellation Octans on p. 425. The photo of the Leonid meteor shower on pp. 426-427 has been replaced with a photo of the Perseid meteor shower. The "Monthly Sky Guide" section tables have been updated through 2027 and eclipses through 2028. There may be other revisions I haven't noticed yet. Unlike the 1st and 2nd editions, the 3rd edition of "Universe" does not have a slipcover.
I have collected a sizeable astronomy library over the past 50 years, and I consider this to be the best overall book. There are a few topics I would have liked to have seen addressed, for example there are only minor mentions of dark matter and dark energy even though they comprise 95% of the universe. However, this book contains a wealth of information that should appeal to anyone or any family that is interested in science, knowledge in general, or the nature of existence. I find it particularly appealing that with this book, you have information in your hand that humans have been striving to learn for thousands of years.
The only bad note is that the book arrived slightly damaged, apparently someone had dropped it on the right upper corner and dented the cardboard cover and slightly wrinkled a few hundred of the pages. Unfortunately, similar damage has occurred on other DK Smithsonian books I have ordered from Amazon, including "Science" and "Earth", so beware.
Tomes of knowledge like this book are rare gems these days, hard to find in digital content and are worth every penny in education. The reading level is good for middle school to adult, and for adept older elementary readers, especially those with a special interest in astronomy. This book has an extensive index, and includes explanatory diagrams like the breakdown of differences between activities galaxies.
The digital content is broken up so it’s easily viewed on a standard tablet or screens, or by zooming. Test it out on the look inside the book.
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He was over the moon with this book and we had a quick look through it, this book is over 500 pages of beauty and quality and so much information! Very detailed which my son loves about it. He obsesses slightly over black holes and the largest stars and moons/centaurs/dwarf planets etc and you will find them all in here. All info is very relevant and upto date too and there's a great section on stars and constellations and sky charts too.
I've read through many similar book but nothing quite as emmersive as this one, I'm a little jealous and may need to buy one myself!
Well the worth money and if your little stargazer is quite a forward learner don't feel you need to get the more child friendly version.
I will be picking up the ocean one next as that's another area of interest.
It's an amazing book with 500 pages packed with photos, charts of the night sky and explanations of everything you could want to know and more about the space.
Just a note on it's structure, it's broken up into 3 main sections:
1 Introduction talking about a wide variety of things ranging from the Big Bang to binocular astronomy
2 The 'contents of the universe focussing on the planets in our solar system, then the Milky Way, and then other galaxies.
3 The night sky, which lots of useful maps of the constellations you will see for each month of the year.
A great resource.
Ordered another copy from Blackwells and had the same problem the package was ripped open across one corner damaging spine of the book. Had to return that too.
It is a very heavy book and the standard packaging is sub standard - I would like to own a nice copy but as it stands this doesn't seem possible.
So sad to see such a beautiful book damaged because it cannot be packaged correctly.