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Can you play cricket on Mars?
Author: Patrick Moore

Publisher: History Press

ISBN: 978-0-7509-5114-2

Price: £12.99 (Hb), 221pp


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This book is essentially an eclectic mix of short essays (one as short as 40 words!). Sir Patrick uses simple (sometimes oddball) engineered questions as a vehicle to deliver snippets
of information on all aspects of his astronomical knowledge
and personal encounters. Each item is an easily digestible
snack and very gentle on the reader. The double-spaced print makes it even gentler.

Aimed primarily at the interested layman, no prior knowledge is required. Answered in his usual inimitable style, Patrick's feed questions range from "Could I ride a bike on the Moon?" and "What is a Syzygy and where can I find one?" to the more conventional "Who first saw Mercury?" and "What are the dark lines in the Spectrum of the Sun?" Amongst the questions about comets, planets and black holes, Patrick occasionally waxes philosophically, such as wondering "Would Martians be unfriendly?" Suspiciously, this item cannot be found via the index, which cites a page for it that does not exist in the book.

A broad swathe of astronomical information served in light helpings, the book can be picked up and set down by anyone with just five minutes to spare.

Steve Ringwood

2009 Yearbook
This 132-page special edition features the ultimate observing guide for 2009, a review of all the biggest news stories of 2008, in depth articles covering all aspects of astronomy and space missions for 2009, previews of International Year of Astronomy events and much, much more.
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Infinity Rising
This special publication features the photography of British astro-imager Nik Szymanek and covers a range of photographic methods from basic to advanced. Beautiful pictures of the night sky can be obtained with a simple camera and tripod before tackling more difficult projects, such as guided astrophotography through the telescope and CCD imaging.
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Exploring Mars
Astronomy Now is pleased to announce the publication of Exploring Mars. The very best images of Mars taken by orbiting spacecraft and NASA's Spirit and Opportunity rovers fill up the 98 glossy pages of this special edition!
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Mars rover poster
This new poster features some of the best pictures from NASA's amazing Mars Exploration Rovers Spirit and Opportunity.
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