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Why is Uranus Upside Down?: And Other Questions About the Universe

By: Fred Watson

301 pages, no illustrations


Paperback | Aug 2008 | #175299 | ISBN-13: 9781840246872
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Ever wondered what dark matter is or why galaxies collide? Or why the Moon is gradually drifting away from Earth? Space is really, really big, as Douglas Adams once pointed out, and there is no better guide to it than Fred Watson, who answers one hundred questions on astronomy, such as: Does the Earth wobble? How do we know there is dark matter? Do collisions of galaxies happen today? What makes planets round? Where is the nearest black hole? Are there other universes? And, how do we measure light years? This highly entertaining and informative introduction to our planet and the universe we live in is a must-read for science-lovers and enquiring minds of all ages.

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Originally from Scotland, Professor Fred Watson is now a leading astronomer based at the Anglo-Australian Observatory in Coonabarabran and has his own popular weekly programme on Australia's ABC radio. In 2003, Fred received the David Allen Prize for communicating astronomy to the public, and in 2006 he won the Australian Government Eureka Prize for Promoting Understanding of Science. Fred has an asteroid named after him but says that if it hits the Earth it wouldn't be his fault.

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