The New Cosmos: Answering Astronomy's Big Questions

David J. Eicher
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Join David J. Eicher on this fascinating journey through the cosmos!

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Over the past decade, astronomers, planetary scientists, and cosmologists have answered - or are closing in on the answers to - some of the biggest questions about the universe. David J. Eicher presents a spectacular exploration of the cosmos that provides a balanced and precise view of the latest discoveries. Detailed and entertaining narratives on compelling topics such as how the Sun will die, the end of life on Earth, why Venus turned itself inside-out, the Big Bang Theory, the mysteries of dark matter and dark energy, and the meaning of life in the universe are supported by numerous color illustrations including photos, maps and explanatory diagrams. In each chapter the author sets out the scientific history of a specific question or problem, before tracing the modern observations and evidence in order to solve it. Join David J. Eicher on this fascinating journey through the cosmos!

Publisher: Cambridge University Press


Author: David J. Eicher
Size: 7.5 x 10
Pages: 279
Author Bio
David J. Eicher is Editor-in-Chief of Astronomy magazine, and one of the most recognized astronomy enthusiasts in the world. He has spoken widely to amateur astronomy groups and written eight books on astronomy. He is president of the Astronomy Foundation and a member of the Board of Directors for Starmus Festival.
Table of Contents

Foreword by Alex Filippenko



1. The awakening of astronomy

2. How the Sun will die

3. The end of life on Earth

4. How the Moon formed

5. Where has all the water gone?

6. Why did Venus turn inside-out?

7. Is Pluto a planet?

8. Planets everywhere ...

9. The Milky Way as barred spiral

10. Here comes Milkomeda

11. The Big Bang's cosmic echo

12. How large is the universe?

13. The mystery of dark matter

14. The bigger mystery of dark energy

15. Black holes are ubiquitous

16. What is the universe's fate?

17. The meaning of life in the universe

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