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Under alien skies : a sightseer's guide to the universe  Cover Image Book Book

Under alien skies : a sightseer's guide to the universe / Philip Plait, PhD.


"Have you ever wondered what it would be like to travel the universe? How would Saturn's rings look from a spaceship sailing just above them? If you were falling into a black hole, what's the last thing you'd see before getting spaghettified? While traveling in person to most of these amazing worlds may not be possible--yet--the would-be space traveler need not despair: you can still take the scenic route through the galaxy with renowned astronomer and science communicator Philip Plait. On this lively, immersive adventure through the cosmos, Plait draws ingeniously on both the latest scientific research and his prodigious imagination to transport you to ten of the most spectacular sights outer space has to offer. In vivid, inventive scenes informed by rigorous science--injected with a dose of Plait's trademark humor--Under Alien Skies places you on the surface of alien worlds, from our own familiar Moon to the far reaches of our solar system and beyond. Try launching yourself onto a two-hundred-meter asteroid, or stargazing from the rim of an ancient volcano on a planet where, from the place you stand, it is eternally late afternoon. Experience the sudden onset of lunar nightfall, the disorientation of walking--or, rather, shuffling--when you weigh almost nothing, the irritation of jagged regolith dust. Glimpse the frigid mountains and plains of Pluto and the cake-like exterior of a comet called 67P. On a planet trillions of miles from Earth, glance down to see the strange, beautiful shadows cast by a hundred thousand stars. For the aspiring extraterrestrial citizen, casual space tourist, or curious armchair traveler, Plait is an illuminating, always-entertaining guide to the most otherworldly views in our universe."-- Dust jacket cover.

Record details

  • ISBN: 9780393867305
  • ISBN: 0393867307
  • Physical Description: xiii, 311 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York : W. W. Norton & Company, 2023.

Content descriptions

Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references (pages 291-307) and index.
Formatted Contents Note:
One small step: the Moon -- Red sky at night: Mars -- Vermin of the sky: asteroids and comets -- One ringed world to rule them all: Saturn -- At the solar system's edge: Pluto -- A mini-solar system: planets around red dwarf stars -- Tatooine's sky: planets with two suns -- A planet with a million suns: globular clusters -- Inside star factories: nebulae -- The last sky you'll ever see: black holes.
Subject: Astronomy > Popular works.
Universe > Popular works.
Outer space > Popular works.
Genre: Informational works.

Available copies

  • 14 of 14 copies available at Missouri Evergreen. (Show)
  • 1 of 1 copy available at North Kansas City.


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North Kansas City Public Library 520 PLAIT 2023 (Text) 0001012513745 Nonfiction Available -

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