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Sky Guide Africa South 2021 - Astronomical Handbook For Southern Africa (Paperback): Struik Nature Struik Nature Sky Guide Africa South 2021 - Astronomical Handbook For Southern Africa (Paperback)
Struik Nature Struik Nature
R150 R120 Discovery Miles 1 200 Save R30 (20%) Ships in 9 - 14 working days

Sky Guide Africa South – 2021 is a practical resource for all astronomers, whether novice, amateur or professional. It covers the upcoming year’s planetary movements, predicted eclipses, meteor showers – any events and facets of the night sky that change annually. Star charts plot the evening sky for each season, facilitating the identification of stars and constellations. The guide contains a wealth of information about the Sun, Moon, planets, comets, meteors and bright stars, with photos, diagrams, charts and images. There’s also an excellent list of useful websites and a comprehensive glossary.

This annual publication is an invaluable guide for anyone with an interest in the night skies of southern Africa, from beginner through to professional.

Foundations of Astronomy, Enhanced (Hardcover, 13th edition): Dana Backman, Michael Seeds Foundations of Astronomy, Enhanced (Hardcover, 13th edition)
Dana Backman, Michael Seeds
R1,007 R901 Discovery Miles 9 010 Save R106 (11%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Fascinating, engaging, and extremely visual, FOUNDATIONS OF ASTRONOMY, Enhanced Thirteenth Edition, is renowned for its current coverage, reader-friendly presentation, and detailed, yet clear explanations. The authors' goals are to help you use astronomy to understand science-and use science to answer two fundamental questions: What are we? And how do we know?

Introduction to Cosmology: Pearson New International Edition (Paperback, Pearson New International Edition): Barbara Ryden Introduction to Cosmology: Pearson New International Edition (Paperback, Pearson New International Edition)
Barbara Ryden
R1,440 Discovery Miles 14 400 In stock

Introduction to Cosmology provides a rare combination of a solid foundation of the core physical concepts of cosmology and the most recent astronomical observations. The text is designed for advanced undergraduates or beginning graduate students and assumes no prior knowledge of general relativity. An emphasis is placed on developing the students' physical insight rather than losing them with complex math. An approachable writing style and wealth of fresh and imaginative analogies from "everyday" physics are used to make the concepts of cosmology more accessible.

Human Universe (Paperback): Professor Brian Cox, Andrew Cohen Human Universe (Paperback)
Professor Brian Cox, Andrew Cohen 1
R230 R184 Discovery Miles 1 840 Save R46 (20%) In stock

Top ten Sunday Times Bestseller 'Engaging, ambitious and creative' Guardian Where are we? Are we alone? Who are we? Why are we here? What is our future? Human Universe tackles some of the greatest questions that humans have asked to try and understand the very nature of ourselves and the Universe in which we live. Through the endless leaps of human minds, it explores the extraordinary depth of our knowledge today and where our curiosity may lead us in the future. With groundbreaking insight it reveals how time, physics and chemistry came together to create a creature that can wonder at its own existence, blessed with an unquenchable thirst to discover not just where it came from, but how it can think, where it is going and if it is alone. Accompanies the acclaimed BBC TV series.

Astronomy Photographer of the Year: Collection 6 (Hardcover): Royal Observatory Greenwich, Collins Astronomy Astronomy Photographer of the Year: Collection 6 (Hardcover)
Royal Observatory Greenwich, Collins Astronomy 1
R590 R464 Discovery Miles 4 640 Save R126 (21%) In stock

All the winning and shortlisted images from the 2017 Insight Astronomy Photographer of the Year competition, hosted by the Royal Observatory, Greenwich. The images are submitted in one of the following categories: Image Categories * Earth and Space * Our Solar System * Deep Space * Young Astronomy Photographer of the Year Special Prize Categories * Best Newcomer * People and Space * Robotic Scope Each image is accompanied by caption, photographer, location and technical details. Exhibition Every year the Royal Observatory, Greenwich hosts a free exhibition of the winners of the Astronomy Photographer of the Year competition, showcasing some incredible images of the sky. www.rmg.co.uk/astrophoto

Stargazers' Almanac: A Monthly Guide to the Stars and Planets 2022, 2022 (Paperback): Bob Mizon Stargazers' Almanac: A Monthly Guide to the Stars and Planets 2022, 2022 (Paperback)
Bob Mizon
R373 R309 Discovery Miles 3 090 Save R64 (17%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Explore the night skies with this beautiful illustrated monthly guide to the stars and planets. This large-format almanac allows you to step outside and track the planets, locate the Milky Way, recognise the constellations of the zodiac and watch meteor showers. Stargazers' Almanac 2022 is a beautiful month-by-month guide to the night skies. It's designed specifically for naked-eye astronomy -- no telescope required! -- making it ideal for beginners, children and backyard astronomers. It is a perennially popular Christmas gift -- and one which lasts the whole year round. Each monthly chart features two views of the night sky, looking north and south, and a visual guide to the phases of the moon and the movements of the planets. Stargazers' Almanac 2022 also features: -- Advice on how to navigate the night sky -- Overhead reference map of the sky -- Reference plan of constellations -- Glossary of constellations and Latin names -- Glossary of brightness of stars -- Guide to the signs of the zodiac and how they relate to the stars -- Loop and eyelet for easy wall hanging; presented in a sturdy cardboard gift envelope Suitable for astronomy enthusiasts throughout the Northern Hemisphere's temperate (non-tropical) latitudes.

Ontsluier Die Heelal - N Inleiding Tot Sterrekunde (Afrikaans, Hardcover): J.E. van Zyl Ontsluier Die Heelal - N Inleiding Tot Sterrekunde (Afrikaans, Hardcover)
J.E. van Zyl
R363 Discovery Miles 3 630 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Die skrywer se doelstelling met hierdie publikasie is om die beginsels van sterrekunde toeganklik te maak vir almal, om ín teks daar te stel wat bruikbare toeligting vir die amateursterrekundige is en kan dien as voorbereiding vir verdere studie in die sterrekunde. Van Zyl se eenvoudige, onderhoudende skryfstyl dra verder by tot die boek se toeganklikheid vir sterrekundiges sowel as leke met ín besondere belangstelling in die heelal. Deurgaans word gepoog om te verduidelik hoe sterrekundiges te werk gaan. Om begrip te vergemaklik, verskyn ook 11 bladsye bylaes waarin die wiskunde wat gebruik word uit grondbeginsels herlei word. Dit bevat gedetailleerde beskrywings en verduidelikings van die heelal se geheime. Inligting oor nuwe ontdekkings en teoriee, kleurvolle diagramme en fotoís verhoog die waarde.

Turn Left at Orion - Hundreds of Night Sky Objects to See in a Home Telescope - and How to Find Them (Spiral bound, 5th Revised... Turn Left at Orion - Hundreds of Night Sky Objects to See in a Home Telescope - and How to Find Them (Spiral bound, 5th Revised edition)
Guy Consolmagno, Dan M. Davis
R756 R647 Discovery Miles 6 470 Save R109 (14%) Ships in 12 - 17 working days

With over 150,000 copies sold since its first publication, this is one of the most popular astronomy books of all time. This unique guidebook to the night sky shows you how to observe a host of celestial wonders. Its distinct format of object-by-object spreads illustrates how deep-sky objects and planets actually look through a small telescope, while its large pages and spiral binding allow for use outside. Along with updated star names and astronomical information, this new edition provides links to a dedicated webpage with up-to-date tables and images, and an improved planets chapter. The many Dobsonian-friendly images and small telescope views have been revised to account for changes in modern telescope technology, such as larger field of view eyepieces. With dedicated chapters on Northern and Southern Hemisphere objects, it's never been easier to explore the night sky, wherever you are. Additional resources are available on the accompanying website: www.cambridge.org/turnleft.

Flags of the Night Sky - When Astronomy Meets National Pride (Paperback, 2014 ed.): Andre G. Bordeleau Flags of the Night Sky - When Astronomy Meets National Pride (Paperback, 2014 ed.)
Andre G. Bordeleau
R1,001 Discovery Miles 10 010 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Many national flags display astronomical features - Sun, Moon, stars - but are they really based on existing astronomical objects? The United States flag sports 50 stars, one for each state, however none of them are linked to real stars. Further, the lunar crescent is often shaped like the Sun being eclipsed by the Moon. At times, stars are seen right next to the crescent, where the darkened disc of the moon should be! This book will present true astronomical objects and patterns highlighted on national flags and link informative capsules about these objects to the political reasons why they were chosen to adorn such an important symbol.

Tony Jenzano, Astronaut Trainer - The Man Who Made the Stars Shine (Hardcover): Michael G. Neece Tony Jenzano, Astronaut Trainer - The Man Who Made the Stars Shine (Hardcover)
Michael G. Neece; Illustrated by Benlin Alexander
R418 R353 Discovery Miles 3 530 Save R65 (16%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

When America's first astronauts launched into outer space, Tony Jenzano helped them learn to navigate by the stars. As the leader of a big planetarium in a small town, Tony was the man who made the stars shine. Without Tony, NASA's first space travelers would have been lost in space.

Astronomy Photographer of the Year: Collection 4 (Hardcover): Royal Observatory Greenwich, Collins Astronomy Astronomy Photographer of the Year: Collection 4 (Hardcover)
Royal Observatory Greenwich, Collins Astronomy 1
R676 R506 Discovery Miles 5 060 Save R170 (25%) Ships in 12 - 17 working days

All the winning and shortlisted images from the 2015 Astronomy Photographer of the Year competition, which is hosted by the Royal Observatory, Greenwich. The images are submitted in one of the following categories: * Earth and Space * Our Solar System * Deep Space * Young Astronomy Photographer of the Year And can also be entered for one of the special prizes: * Best Newcomer * People and Space * Robotic Scope Each image is accompanied by caption, photographer, location and technical details. Exhibition Every year the Royal Observatory, Greenwich hosts a free exhibition of the winners of the Astronomy Photographer of the Year competition, showcasing some incredible images of the sky. www.rmg.co.uk/astrophoto

Exploring the Solar System (Paperback, 2nd Edition): Peter Bond Exploring the Solar System (Paperback, 2nd Edition)
Peter Bond
R2,062 Discovery Miles 20 620 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

An Exciting and Authoritative Account of the Second Golden Age of Solar System Exploration Award-winning author Peter Bond provides an up-to-date, in-depth account of the sun and its family in the 2nd edition of Exploring the Solar System. This new edition brings together the discoveries and advances in scientific understanding made during the last 60 years of solar and planetary exploration, using research conducted by the world's leading geoscientists, astronomers, and physicists. Exploring the Solar System, 2nd Edition is an ideal introduction for non-science undergraduates and anyone interested in learning about our small corner of the Milky Way galaxy.

Cosmic! (Hardcover): Brian May, Patrick Moore, Chris Lintott Cosmic! (Hardcover)
Brian May, Patrick Moore, Chris Lintott 1
R670 R457 Discovery Miles 4 570 Save R213 (32%) Ships in 12 - 17 working days

Take your seats for the greatest tour ever - one that encompasses the whole of the Universe. En route, we stop off to gaze at 100 amazing sights - from asteroids to zodiacal dust and from orbit around the Earth to beyond the most distant galaxies. We start right here on Earth, and your tour guides are cosmic voyagers Patrick Moore, Brian May and Chris Lintott: Patrick is a lifelong lunar specialist; Brian is the leading authority on dust in our solar system, and Chris researches the formation of stars and galaxies.

Until the End of Time - Mind, Matter, and Our Search for Meaning in an Evolving Universe (Paperback): Brian Greene Until the End of Time - Mind, Matter, and Our Search for Meaning in an Evolving Universe (Paperback)
Brian Greene
R265 R212 Discovery Miles 2 120 Save R53 (20%) Ships in 9 - 14 working days

From the world-renowned physicist and bestselling author of The Elegant Universe and The Fabric of the Cosmos, a captivating exploration of deep time and humanity's search for purpose In both time and space, the cosmos is astoundingly vast, and yet is governed by simple, elegant, universal mathematical laws. On this cosmic timeline, our human era is spectacular but fleeting. Someday, we know, we will all die. And, we know, so too will the universe itself. Until the End of Time is Brian Greene's breathtaking new exploration of the cosmos and our quest to understand it. Greene takes us on a journey across time, from our most refined understanding of the universe's beginning, to the closest science can take us to the very end. He explores how life and mind emerged from the initial chaos, and how our minds, in coming to understand their own impermanence, seek in different ways to give meaning to experience: in story, myth, religion, creative expression, science, the quest for truth, and our longing for the timeless, or eternal. Through a series of nested stories that explain distinct but interwoven layers of reality-from the quantum mechanics to consciousness to black holes-Greene provides us with a clearer sense of how we came to be, a finer picture of where we are now, and a firmer understanding of where we are headed. Yet all this understanding, which arose with the emergence of life, will dissolve with its conclusion. Which leaves us with one realization: during our brief moment in the sun, we are tasked with the charge of finding our own meaning. Let us embark.

One Step Further - My Story of Math, the Moon, and a Lifelong Mission (Paperback): National Geographic Kids One Step Further - My Story of Math, the Moon, and a Lifelong Mission (Paperback)
National Geographic Kids
R357 R296 Discovery Miles 2 960 Save R61 (17%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

This inspirational picture book reveals what is was like for a young black mother of three to navigate the difficult world of the 1950s and 60s and to succeed in an unwelcoming industry to become one of the now legendary "hidden figures" of NASA computing and space research. Johnson's own empowering narrative is complemented by the recollections of her two daughters about their mother's work and insights about how she illuminated their paths, including one daughter's fight for civil rights and another's journey to become a NASA mathematician herself. The narrative gracefully weaves together Johnson's personal story, her influence on her daughters' formative years, her and her daughters' fight for civil rights, and her lasting impact on NASA and space exploration. Filled with personal reflections, exclusive family archival photos, and striking illustrations, readers will be immersed in this deeply personal portrayal of female empowerment, women in STEM, and the breaking down of race barriers across generations. Historical notes, photo/illustration notes, and a time line put the story into historical and modern-day context. The inspirational tale of Johnson's perseverance is both intimate and global, showcasing the drive of each generation to push one step further than the last. With its evocative family album-style format and novel approach to storytelling, One Step Further is sure to inspire the next generation of rising stars.

Test Gods - Virgin Galactic and the Making of a Modern Astronaut (Paperback): Nicholas Schmidle Test Gods - Virgin Galactic and the Making of a Modern Astronaut (Paperback)
Nicholas Schmidle
R350 R280 Discovery Miles 2 800 Save R70 (20%) Ships in 9 - 14 working days
How Science Works - The Facts Visually Explained (Hardcover): Dk How Science Works - The Facts Visually Explained (Hardcover)
Dk 1
R405 R324 Discovery Miles 3 240 Save R81 (20%) Ships in 9 - 14 working days

This visual guide is packed with amazing diagrams and infographics to answer all your burning scientific head-scratchers - from gravity and black holes to earthquakes and gene therapy. In How Science Works you will find the most fascinating phenomena in the Universe visually explained, from pulleys to string theory, light to lasers, and chemical reactions to artificial intelligence. If you have ever wondered why the sky is blue, how a black hole works, or what happens in a tsunami, this indispensable guide is for you. Rather than long columns of text, How Science Works is filled with diagrams and infographics, to make even the most difficult concept fun and easy to grasp. Turn the pages to understand dark matter, radioactivity and so much more, and find answers to the really big questions including how life began, will the Universe end, and are we really alone? With hours of enthralling reading, How Science Works is the book you wished you'd had at school and it's the one you'll want for your family.

Moongazing - Beginner'S Guide to Exploring the Moon (Paperback): Royal Observatory Greenwich, Tom Kerss, Collins Astronomy Moongazing - Beginner'S Guide to Exploring the Moon (Paperback)
Royal Observatory Greenwich, Tom Kerss, Collins Astronomy 1
R225 R173 Discovery Miles 1 730 Save R52 (23%) Ships in 12 - 17 working days

A beautiful Christmas gift for beginner and seasoned stargazers alike An in-depth guide for aspiring astronomers and Moon observers from the Royal Observatory Greenwich. Includes detailed Moon maps and covers the history of lunar observation and exploration, the properties of the Moon, its origin and orbit. This is the ideal book for Moon observers covering essential equipment, and the key events to look out for. Detailed advice is given on how to choose a telescope and how to capture the Moon in sketches. Discover all you need to know about eclipses, blue moons, supermoons, conjunctions and occultations. A comprehensive section covers astrophotography using lenses, telescopes, Smartphones, including video and how to process your images. Comes with a photographic atlas of lunar features with plates and annotated maps. A glossary of key terms, index of lunar features and software references are also provided.

2021 Guide to the Night Sky - A Month-by-Month Guide to Exploring the Skies Above Britain and Ireland (Paperback): Storm... 2021 Guide to the Night Sky - A Month-by-Month Guide to Exploring the Skies Above Britain and Ireland (Paperback)
Storm Dunlop, Wil Tirion, Royal Observatory Greenwich, Collins Astronomy
R179 R149 Discovery Miles 1 490 Save R30 (17%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

"This is a great guide to the night sky at a great price"Astronomy Now "A handy and straightforward guide ... attractive little booklet" British Astronomical Association's 'Journal' "an ideal Christmas stocking-filler" The Observatory From the Number One Astronomy publisher, the bestselling stargazing handbook to the planets, stars and constellations visible from the northern hemisphere. 6 pages for each month covering January-December 2021. An easy introduction to astronomy and a useful reference for seasoned stargazers. Now includes a section on comets and a map of the moon. Designed for Britain and Ireland but usable anywhere in the world between 40 DegreesN and 60 DegreesN, covering most of Europe, southern Canada and the northern United States. Written and illustrated by astronomical experts, Storm Dunlop and Wil Tirion, and approved by the astronomers of the Royal Observatory Greenwich. Content includes: * Advice on where to start looking * Easy-to-use star maps for each month with descriptions of what to see * Positions of the moon and visible planets * Details of objects and events you might see in 2021 * Now in three editions: Britain and Ireland; North America; Southern Hemisphere.

Limitless: The Autobiography - The bestselling story of Britain's inspirational astronaut (Paperback): Tim Peake Limitless: The Autobiography - The bestselling story of Britain's inspirational astronaut (Paperback)
Tim Peake
R222 R183 Discovery Miles 1 830 Save R39 (18%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The thrilling autobiography of the astronaut who inspired a generation The #1 bestselling author of Hello, is this planet Earth? and Ask an Astronaut 'I looked down below my feet and suddenly noticed Australia flashing by. The vertigo hit me then. My gloved hands gripped the handrail as tightly as I could. I had been on my spacewalk for over an hour. I had trained for this moment for years. But nothing can prepare you for that feeling, for the full realisation that you are no longer living on Earth. Staring into the inky blackness, I felt completely isolated from everything and everyone I had ever known. And yet at the same time I could not help feeling a strange sense of belonging.' In fascinating and personal detail, and based on exclusive diaries and audio recordings from his mission, Tim Peake takes readers closer than ever before to experience what life in space is really like: the sacrifice that astronauts make in being apart from their families, the sights, the smells, the fear, the exhilaration and the deep and abiding wonder of the view from space. Limitless is a book about the power of following our dreams - however unlikely they may seem - and of striving to reach our potential, even when we might not believe in it ourselves. Limitless also charts Peake's surprising road to becoming an astronaut, from a shy and unassuming boy from Chichester who had a passion for flight, to a young British Army officer, Apache helicopter pilot, flight instructor and test pilot who served around the world. Peake's extensive eighteen-year career in the army included the command of a platoon of soldiers in Northern Ireland during the Troubles, deployment in Bosnia, and flying multiple high-risk sorties as a test pilot, including operations in Afghanistan. After he was selected by the European Space agency from over 8000 candidates, Peake undertook six years of training to be an astronaut, tested physically, psychologically, emotionally and intellectually - from learning Russian language in St. Petersburg to coping with the darkness and claustrophobia of living for days in caves in Sardinia and under the ocean off the United States.

Planetary Geoscience (Hardcover): Harry Y. McSween Jr, Jeffrey E. Moersch, Devon M. Burr, William M. Dunne, Joshua P. Emery,... Planetary Geoscience (Hardcover)
Harry Y. McSween Jr, Jeffrey E. Moersch, Devon M. Burr, William M. Dunne, Joshua P. Emery, …
R1,303 Discovery Miles 13 030 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

For many years, planetary science has been taught as part of the astronomy curriculum, from a very physics-based perspective, and from the framework of a tour of the Solar System - body by body. Over the past decades, however, spacecraft exploration and related laboratory research on extraterrestrial materials have given us a new understanding of planets and how they are shaped by geological processes. Based on a course taught at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, this is the first textbook to focus on geologic processes, adopting a comparative approach that demonstrates the similarities and differences between planets, and the reasons for these. Profusely illustrated, and with a wealth of pedagogical features, this book provides an ideal capstone course for geoscience majors - bringing together aspects of mineralogy, petrology, geochemistry, volcanology, sedimentology, geomorphology, tectonics, geophysics and remote sensing.

Missions to the Moon - The Story of Man's Greatest Adventure Brought to Life with Augmented Reality (Hardcover): Rod Pyle Missions to the Moon - The Story of Man's Greatest Adventure Brought to Life with Augmented Reality (Hardcover)
Rod Pyle; Foreword by Gene Kranz
R778 R565 Discovery Miles 5 650 Save R213 (27%) Ships in 12 - 17 working days

Full of personal insights and accounts of the long journey to getting a man on the moon, Missions to the Moon is the perfect companion for anyone with a love of space travel, the moon landings, or NASA, CNSA, RFSA, and the rest of the world's space programs. With dozens of stunning photographs and fascinating memorabilia - such as Apollo 11 Mission Reports and Flight Director's Logs - track the birth of the space race and Yuri Gagarin's first space flight, to the many successes and failures of the Apollo mission, all the way to that boots-on-the-ground moment we have come to know so well. Uniquely complemented by ground-breaking digital technology you can become fully immersed in this interactive story of mankind's ongoing journey into the final frontier.

Cosmic Queries - StarTalk's Guide to Who We Are, How We Got Here, and Where We're Going (Hardcover): Neil De Grasse... Cosmic Queries - StarTalk's Guide to Who We Are, How We Got Here, and Where We're Going (Hardcover)
Neil De Grasse Tyson, James Trefil
R604 R492 Discovery Miles 4 920 Save R112 (19%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

In this thought-provoking follow-up to his acclaimed StarTalk book, uber astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson tackles the world's most important philosophical questions about the universe with wit, wisdom, and cutting-edge science. For science geeks, space and physics nerds, and all who want to understand their place in the universe, this enlightening new book from Neil deGrasse Tyson offers a unique take on the mysteries and curiosities of the cosmos, building on rich material from his beloved StarTalk podcast. In these illuminating pages, illustrated with dazzling photos and revealing graphics, Tyson and co-author James Trefil, a renowned physicist and science popularizer, take on the big questions that humanity has been posing for millennia--How did life begin? What is our place in the universe? Are we alone?--and provide answers based on the most current data, observations, and theories. Populated with paradigm-shifting discoveries that help explain the building blocks of astrophysics, this relatable and entertaining book will engage and inspire readers of all ages, bring sophisticated concepts within reach, and offer a window into the complexities of the cosmos.

Wonders of the Universe (Hardcover): Professor Brian Cox, Andrew Cohen Wonders of the Universe (Hardcover)
Professor Brian Cox, Andrew Cohen 1
R688 R518 Discovery Miles 5 180 Save R170 (25%) Ships in 12 - 17 working days

Professor Brian Cox is back with another insightful and mind-blowing exploration of space. This time he shows us our universe as we've never seen it before. 13.7 billion years old. 93 billion light years wide. It contains over 100 billion galaxies, each containing hundreds of billions of stars. This infinite, vast and complex Universe has been the subject of human fascination and scientific exploration for thousands of years. The wonders of the Universe might seem alien to us and impossible to understand, but away from the telescopes, the labs and the white coats, Professor Brian Cox uses the evidence found in the natural world around us to explain its simple truths. The same laws of light, gravity, time, matter and energy that govern us here on Earth are the same as those applied in the Universe. Using 3D CGI imagery, his expert knowledge and his infectious enthusiasm, Professor Cox shows us that if we can understand the impact of these governing laws on Earth it will bring us a step closer to an understanding of our Universe.

Asteroid Hunters (Hardcover): Carrie Nugent Asteroid Hunters (Hardcover)
Carrie Nugent 1
R229 R160 Discovery Miles 1 600 Save R69 (30%) Ships in 12 - 17 working days

Dr Carrie Nugent is an asteroid hunter - one of the select group of scientists working diligently to map our cosmic neighbourhood. For the first time ever we are reaching the point where we may be able to prevent a natural disaster resulting from an asteroid collision. Nugent will delve into the impact asteroids have had in the past: the extinction of the dinosaurs, the earth-sized hole Shoemaker-Levy 9 left in Jupiter just a few years ago, how the surprise hit on Chelyabinsk in Russia could have started a war and unlucky Ms Anne Hodges - the only person (that we know of) in modern history to be the victim of a direct hit. Nugent will also reveal the cutting-edge work that she is part of - using NASA's NEOWISE telescope to track down near-Earth asteroids. NEOWISE has seen over 158,000 asteroids and discovered over 30,000. We will also get a rare glimpse into the work of this band of asteroid hunters and their techniques. Asteroid orbits are chaotic which means a small early change has a big impact later on. The successful hunt and mapping of asteroids could mean nothing less than saving life on Earth.

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