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Secrets of the Universe
Author:Paul Murdin

Publisher: Thames & Hudson

ISBN:978-0-500-25155-3

Price: £24.95 (Hb), 341pp


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This book was printed and bound in China and is of remarkable quality in both of these aspects. As a result it is rather heavy when compared to most western productions, although the contents are unaffected in this respect. Profusely illustrated in colour with some excellent photographs and diagrams, the text moves smoothly from local matters – the Earth, Moon and other planets – to stars, nebulae and galaxies, emphasising the discoveries by which we began to understand them. Each section begins with a brief history and proceeds to the modern view so that all can be read separately without waiting for the contents of a later section to provide back-up. The final chapters cover the ways in which we have approached cosmology and again provide an assessment of how well or otherwise we have come to understand it.

With an author as distinguished and experienced as Paul Murdin we should not be surprised at the number of anecdotes and stories he provides which give an appreciation of the life of a professional astronomer in relatively recent times. This book will not be read in a day or even a week but it will provide good reading for some considerable time, especially as it avoids mathematical approaches which keeps it accessible to the general reader. It offers excellent value at the quoted price and I can do no more than strongly recommend it.

Bill Barlow

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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