Royal Observatory Greenwich Illuminates Astronomy Guides Set of 2
Special Price. Save £1.98 when you purchase two accessible astronomy titles from the new Royal Observatory Greenwich Illuminates series guides together.
Royal Observatory Greenwich Illuminates: Stars by Dr Greg Brown
There are approximately ten-billion-trillion stars in the entire observable Universe. That’s a little more than the number of grains of sand on all the beaches on Earth. But what exactly are stars? How long do they live? How hot are they? The answers to these questions and many more are answered in the first book in a series of accessible guides to astronomy, written by astronomers at Royal Observatory Greenwich.
Dr Greg Brown is an astronomer working at Royal Observatory Greenwich. In his time in research at the University of Warwick, he studied some of the largest explosions in the Universe and the supermassive black holes hiding in distant galaxies. Combining a love of science, comedy and acting, Greg moved into science communication, where he has been eliciting anguished groans from his audiences ever since.
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Royal Observatory Greenwich Illuminates: Planets by Dr Emily Drabek-Maunder
Planets is the second book in a series of accessible guides to astronomy, written by astronomers at Royal Observatory Greenwich.
Since ancient times five planets have been easily visible to the naked eye – Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn. They appear to us like stars, as bright points of light in our night skies. Planets charts humanity’s understanding of our neighbouring bodies, from the first clues established by Galileo Galilei in the 17th century, through to the vast amount we do (and much we don’t) know today.
Dr Emily Drabek-Maunder is an astronomer, astrophysicist and science communicator. She is currently the Senior Manager of Public Astronomy at Royal Observatory Greenwich. As an astrophysicist, she used microwave and radio telescopes to study the formation of stars and planets in our Galaxy at Cardiff University, Imperial College London and University of Exeter. Emily became interested in astronomy as a child, when she would look up at the night sky and wonder if we were alone in the Universe. She still does this today.
Format: 109x178 mm
Royal Observatory Greenwich Illuminates: Space Exploration by Dhara Patel
Space is far bigger than humanity can conceive. Although our ancestors visually examined the skies to make sense of the Universe, for centuries space exploration in its truest sense is just a moment in this historical timeline, yet it is how we've significantly improved our understanding of the cosmos. This book begins with the evolution of astronomy, including notable characters, scientific breakthroughs and pinnacle moments. It delves into the development of robotic spacecraft and what uncrewed and crewed missions above and beyond our planet have uncovered. It questions how this knowledge will aid us in our future space endeavours, and the myriad questions that remain unanswered. From stargazing to stepping on the Moon, and from space stations to the prospect of commercial spaceflight, learn more in Dhara Patel's concise history of space exploration. Dhara Patel is an astronomer and science communicator at Royal Observatory Greenwich. She began her career as a secondary school science teacher after completing a Masters in physics. She has spent the last five years sharing her passion for science and astronomy from the Observatory, as well as at national science festivals and through the media. National Maritime Museum publication.
Explore the star on our doorstep, charting the journey from ancient superstition to the deep scientific mysteries yet to be resolved.
Astronomer Brendan Owens examines the features and processes at work in the Sun, revealing the interconnected sciences involved in finding out more about it and the practical importance of doing so for our modern world. It's a slow-burn tale of scientific discovery!
An enthralling exploration of the star on our doorstep, charting the journey from ancient superstition to the deep scientific mysteries yet to be resolved. The Sun examines how we've come to understand the features and processes at work in our star, starting with the earliest observations of mysterious sunspots and ending with the rich and complex investigation of the connected Sun-Earth system.
The enormous significance of the Sun to our lives has been felt ever since ominous eclipses and mysterious sunspots were observed many thousands of years ago. Scientists and astronomers from many different fields have contributed over the centuries to the rich knowledge we have of the Sun and its relationship with the Earth. What is the Sun made of? What is the solar wind? What could magnetism have to do with the Sun? How have scientists made these discoveries, and what does it all mean for us here on Earth? And what of the deep scientific mysteries that remain unresolved? Understanding our closest star has never been more important.
Delve into the secrets of the Sun in this guide from Brendan Owens, Astronomer Emeritus for Royal Observatory Greenwich and Open Science Coordinator at Science Gallery at Trinity College Dublin.
Black holes are often clever plot devices in science fiction films, but these peculiar objects are real, although fiendishly tricky to comprehend. Starting with the basic principles, astronomer Dr Ed Bloomer provides an accessible guide to one of space’s most notorious concepts, with a bit of time travel thrown in.
Black holes seem like the stuff of science fiction, but the reality behind these astronomical objects is even more peculiar. So strong is the gravity within a black hole not even light cannot escape it, but that is just one piece of the puzzle. The science behind black holes is notoriously complex, but this concise introduction reveals how some general principles form the basis of our understanding of them, before exploring the possibilities of time travel, wormholes and spaghettification (not as tasty as it sounds!).
Astronomer Dr Ed Bloomer gives you a whistle-stop guide to the fate of the Universe, the mechanics of a black hole and, most importantly, instructions for what to do should you fall into one! Discover how scientists detect these amazing phenomena and why you should probably avoid them at all costs.
Dr Ed Bloomer works in the field of Science Communication as Planetarium Astronomer at the Royal Observatory, Greenwich.
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