Step outside and look up at the night sky. We are fortunate to live in Australia, where the stars of the Southern Hemisphere are spectacular. does it leave you with a sense of wonder, wanting to know more about the heavens above? Then this book is for you.
Whatever your level of interest this publication has much to offer. even if you are a beginner just starting your astronomical voyage, using nothing but your eyes, let this be your guide to:
Are we alone in the Universe? Where did the Moon come from? How do we know what stars are made of? Could there really be a future in asteroid mining?
In Cosmic Chronicles, Fred Watson – Australia’s Astronomer-at-Large and bestselling author – explores the hottest topics in space science and astronomy.
Watson presents the most up-to-date knowledge on everything from light echoing around the cosmos, the mechanics of black holes and how to navigate the hidden delights of nightfall, to the most profound questions facing humankind. With mind-bending stories from the frontiers of science, Cosmic Chronicles is an expert’s view of what we know and how we know it.
‘Despite the complexity of the Universe, you feel as though you’ve always been part of unravelling its mysteries as you read Fred Watson’s entertaining new book. You will explore its history, spot things in the night sky you’ve never noticed before, and if you’re hoping for a wild new travel adventure, you’ll learn how to go to space without contaminating the cosmos with pesky earthly microbes. Bonus!’ ― Amanda Bauer, head of education and public outreach, Large Synoptic Survey Telescope
‘Fred Watson's new book, Cosmic Chronicles: A user’s guide to the Universe, is a superb romp through the historical, cultural and scientific astronomical phenomena that surround us every day. Fred is a national treasure for his witty and incisive descriptions of science, fun and interesting to all. The book spans medieval astronomers to NASA deep space missions and even includes Goldilocks and The Terminator (revealed as serene and even romantic). Enjoy!’ ― Col. Pamela A. Melroy, USAF (ret.), former NASA Astronaut
‘Full of science and wonder, this book will leave you looking upwards.’ ― Richard Glover, ABC Radio
$24.95Discover fascinating planets with this fun and informative introduction to the planets of out solar system! learn how planets are formed, and learn about the two types of planets found in our solar systems: terrestrial planets and gas giants... and the planets we might yet discover in other systems.
$39.95This package consists of "The Dish Book" and "The Dish DVD". If bought seperate the cost is $44.95. Buying this unique purchase as a " Dish Package" saves you $5.00 and makes a beautiful gift.
These cardboard Eclipse glasses are safe for direct solar viewing of solar eclipses, sun spots and other solar phenomenon. The filters in the glasses are optical density 5 or greater and are "CE" certified which meets the transmission requirements of scale 12-16 of EN 169/1992. (Australian standard AS 1338.2 and 1338.3). Lenses are made of exclusive scratch resistant optical density 5, "Black Polymer" material. Eclipse Shades filter out 100% of harmful ultra-violet, 100% of harmful infrared, and 99.999% of intense visible light. These premium filters create a sharper ORANGE colored image of the sun. The backside is printed with information for safe use and warnings about correct usage.
$29.95Astronomers have long known that the Universe is expanding, but everything they could see indicated that gravity should be slowing this spread. Instead, it appears that the Universe is accelerating its expansion and that something stronger than gravity --dark energy -- is at work. In Einstein's Telescope Evalyn Gates, a University of Chicago astrophysicist, transports us to the edge of contemporary science to explore the revolutionary tool that unlocks the secrets of these little-understood cosmic constituents. Based on Einstein's theory of general relativity, gravitational lensing, or "Einstein's Telescope," is enabling new discoveries that are taking us toward the next revolution in scientific thinking -- one that may change forever our notions of where the Universe came from and where it is going.
This book gives you an easy-to-read introduction to what we know about Aboriginal Astronomy, and the current state of research into this area.
Each of the 400 different Aboriginal cultures in Australia has a distinct mythology, ceremonies, and art forms, some of which have a strong astronomical component. Many share common traditions such as the “emu in the sky” constellation of dark clouds, and stories about the Sun, Moon, Orion, and the Pleiades. Several use the rising and setting of particular stars to indicate the time to harvest a food source, and some link the Sun and Moon to tides, and even explain eclipses as a conjunction of the Sun and Moon.
Thse traditions reveal a depth and complexity of Aboriginal cultures which are not widely appreciated by outsiders. This book explores the wonderful mystical Aboriginal astronomical stories and traditions, and the way in which these are used for practical applications such as navigation and harvesting. It also describes the journey of exploration which is opening Western eyes to this treasury of ancient Aboriginal knowledge.
It's written by Prof. Ray Norris (an astrophysicist with CSIRO, and an Adjunct Professor at the Dept. of Indigenous Studies, Macquarie University), and his wife Cilla. They have spent the last five years studying Aboriginal Astronomy.
Their research has included:
- uncovering little-known academic manuscripts,
- visiting Aboriginal sites throughout Australia, including the Sydney rock-art,
- spending time with the Yolngu communities in Arnhem Land.
$54.95The common language of genius: Eureka! While the roads that lead to breakthrough scientific discovery can be as varied and complex as the human mind, the moment of insight for all scientists is remarkably similar. The word "eureka!", attributed to the ancient Greek mathematician Archimedes, has come to express that universal moment of joy, wonder-and even shock-at discovering something entirely new. In this collection of twelve scientific stories, Leslie Alan Horvitz describes the drama of sudden insight as experienced by a dozen distinct personalities, detailing discoveries both well known and obscure. From Darwin, Einstein, and the team of Watson and Crick to such lesser known luminaries as fractal creator Mandelbrot and periodic table mastermind Dmitri Medellev, Eureka! perfectly illustrates Louis Pasteur's quip that chance favors the prepared mind. The book also describes how amateur scientist Joseph Priestley stumbled onto the existence of oxygen in the eighteenth century and how television pioneer Philo Farnsworth developed his idea for a TV screen while plowing his family's Idaho farm.
$59.95The scientific life of Fred Hoyle (1915-2001) was truly unparalleled. During his career he wrote groundbreaking scientific papers and caused bitter disputes in the scientific community with his revolutionary theories. Hoyle is best known for showing that we are all, literally, made of stardust in his paper explaining how carbon, and then all the heavier elements, were created by nuclear reactions inside stars. However, he constantly courted controversy and two years later he followed this with his 'steady state' theory of the universe. This challenged another model of the universe, which Hoyle called the 'big bang' theory. Fred Hoyle was also famous amongst the general public. He popularised his research through radio and television broadcasts and wrote best-selling novels. Written from personal accounts and interviews with Hoyle's contemporaries, this book gives valuable personal insights into Fred Hoyle and his unforgettable life.
The Hubble telescope was launched in 1990 and is the first major optical telescope to be placed in space. Scientists have used the Hubble telescope to observe the most distant stars and galaxies, as well as the planets in the solar system.
The Hubble projector toy will fill your room with amazing pictures from space.
Requires 2 x AAA batteries (not included)
Simply assembly required
$14.95• Usborne Beginners are colourful information books for children beginning to read on their own. • Vivid, full colour illustrations and photographs on every page, accompanied by short, informative text. • Developed with reading experts at the University of Roehampton. • Carefully selected Internet links to exciting websites to find out more. • Great reading practice for children who prefer fact to fiction.
$19.95Moon Phase Maps are 18 Photo-Maps of the Waxing Moon - (9 double sided A4 size sheets) with waterproof coating. All major craters and seas identified, along with Valleys, Ridges, Rilles, faults, domes, ghost craters and crater chains marked along the terminator.
What are the planets that orbit our Sun?
Flip the tabs and find out!
Itching to Travel?
Featuring a top layer of removeable foil. Personalise your globe as a record of your travels and proudly display where your adventures have taken you.
$19.95Double-sided Planisphere for the Southern Hemisphere. Now comes in clear PVC plastic. Printed in black. Features: · North and South sides give greater space and clarity. · Clear, uncluttered design. Artwork by Wil Tirion. · Major stars, galaxies, nebulae and clusters in colour. · Comes with a reference guide with lists of Stars and binocular objects and planet positions for the next 5 years. · Size: 27 x 24 cm, Suitable for latitudes 25° to 45° South. (Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Argentina & Chile.)
$49.95Star finder to identify the main stars and constellations in both hemispheres.
$9.95The CSIRO Parkes radio telescope 3D paper model brings the dish to life in a scaled model containing considerable detail. The model is based on the original design plans of the Parkes radio telescope dated 1959.
A Thrilling Voyage Through Our Vast Solar System
Our place in space is occupiced by planets, dwarf planet, moons and many more fascinating objects all orbiting our sun. Featuring 30 beautifully illustrated cards, The Solar System is a guided tour of our cosmic neighbourhood, suitable for space enthusiasts of all ages.
Dr Vienna Tran is a medical doctor, writer, musician and space medicine researcher. She spent many nights during her childhood gazing up at the stars and planets. She is researching how humans can stay healthy in space as we explore the Solar System.
$24.95A highly entertaining and informative introduction to our planet and the universe we live in. Have you 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, astronomer to the stars. Fred Watson has taken the many, many questions that have been asked by listeners of his popular, long-running radio shows, and answered them in Why Is Uranus Upside Down? * How can you identify the constellations? * Does the Earth wobble? * Could you dump nuclear waste into the Sun? * What makes planets round? * Where's the nearest black hole? * Are there other universes? * Can we ever know everything? This highly entertaining and informative introduction to our planet and the Universe we live in is a must-read for enquiring minds of all ages.