Firefly Atlas of the Universe

Firefly Atlas of the Universe

Book - 2003
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Firefly Books Ltd

The ultimate reference to the worlds beyond.

The Firefly Guide to the Universe is an encyclopedic examination of the stars, planets, and universe with the latest, most comprehensive information currently available. The book features the latest images from the Hubble Space Telescope which are put into context with clear and detailed text.

In seven extensive sections, the book illustrates and explains:

  • Exploring the Universe: the history and current state of astronomy and space exploration
  • The Solar System: Earth and other planets, mapped and imaged using data from the most recent mission probes
  • The Sun: astrophysical phenomena from sunspots to eclipses
  • The Stars: movements and life cycles, novae and supernovae, black holes, and more
  • The Universe: the origin and nature of the universe, our galaxy, local and remote galaxies, quasars, the question of alien life
  • Star Maps: whole sky maps with 22 alphabetized chapter listings of stars and constellations, and seasonal charts for north and south
  • The Practical Astronomer: Tips for beginner and advanced astronomers including equipment selection and how to build a backyard observatory.

The Firefly Guide to the Universe is a lively and useful reference illustrated with spectacular color photographs and illustrations. It is the ideal guide for discovering the vast richness of the universe.

A comprehensive up-to-date encyclopedia on astronomy and space exploration featuring information on its history, the latest information on our solar system, star motion and life cycles, galaxies, as well as observing and star maps.

Book News
Originally published as Atlas of the Universe by Rand McNally in 1994, this colorful atlas provides a tour of the universe for amateur and armchair astronomers and for precocious young adults. Topics include the Hubble Space Telescope, satellites and space probes, the solar system, eclipses of the sun, distances and movement of the stars, our galaxy, quasars, the expanding universe and life in the universe. The final 75 pages include a glossary, numerous star maps, and practical information about observing the sky and choosing a telescope. Sir Patrick Moore has written more than 60 books and hosts the BBC-TV series The Sky at Night . He received a knighthood in 2001 for his services to astronomy. Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Publisher: Buffalo, NY : Firefly Books, 2003
ISBN: 9781552978191
Branch Call Number: 520 Moore 2003
Characteristics: 288 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 32 cm
Alternative Title: Atlas of the universe


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