Cosmic Queries: StarTalk’s Guide to Who We Are, How We Got Here, and Where We’re Going
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Naked Eye Astronomy
Astronomy developed without telescopes. Ancient astronomers knew that Earth is a sphere. Even without telescopes, they compiled an impressive list of achievements—they measured the position of prominent stars and the distance from Earth to the Moon; they discovered the precession of the equinoxes, a very slight wobble in Earth’s axis of rotation, and developed models of the solar system.
How Did the Universe Get To Be This Way?
A supercomputer in Germany took a month to generate three-dimensional simulations of dark matter in the universe. Resulting images included this one.
How Did Life Begin?
Meteorites lurk among native rocks on a blue ice moraine in Antarctica. The least contaminated examples of comet and asteroid fragments, these frigid rocks may hold clues about the origins of life on Earth—and beyond.
Are We Alone in the Universe?
An image of the surface of Mars taken by NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter shows caverns and rivulets suggesting water, and perhaps life long ago, on the red planet.
How Did It All Begin?
A massive computer simulation centered on a supercluster of galaxies reveals the filamentary large-scale structure of the universe.
How Will It All End?
Nighttime northern lights gently loom over ice cracks in Alberta’s Abraham Lake, evoking the way the universe will end: in ice and darkness.
Publisher : National Geographic (March 2, 2021)
Language : English
Hardcover : 312 pages
ISBN-10 : 1426221770
ISBN-13 : 978-1426221774
Item Weight : 1.8 pounds
Dimensions : 6.4 x 1.4 x 9.3 inches