Cosmic Queries: StarTalk’s Guide to Who We Are, How We Got Here, and Where We’re Going

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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.
For all who loved National Geographic’s StarTalk with Neil deGrasse Tyson, Cosmos: Possible Worlds, and Space Atlas, this new book will take them on more journeys into the wonders of the universe and beyond.

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Naked Eye Astronomy

Astronomy developed without telescopes. Ancient astronomers knew that Earth is a sphere. Even without telescopes, they compiled an impressive list of achievements—they measured the position of prominent stars and the distance from Earth to the Moon; they discovered the precession of the equinoxes, a very slight wobble in Earth’s axis of rotation, and developed models of the solar system.

How Did the Universe Get To Be This Way?

A supercomputer in Germany took a month to generate three-dimensional simulations of dark matter in the universe. Resulting images included this one.

How Did Life Begin?

Meteorites lurk among native rocks on a blue ice moraine in Antarctica. The least contaminated examples of comet and asteroid fragments, these frigid rocks may hold clues about the origins of life on Earth—and beyond.

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Are We Alone in the Universe?

An image of the surface of Mars taken by NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter shows caverns and rivulets suggesting water, and perhaps life long ago, on the red planet.

How Did It All Begin?

A massive computer simulation centered on a supercluster of galaxies reveals the filamentary large-scale structure of the universe.

How Will It All End?

Nighttime northern lights gently loom over ice cracks in Alberta’s Abraham Lake, evoking the way the universe will end: in ice and darkness.

Publisher ‏ : ‎ National Geographic (March 2, 2021)
Language ‏ : ‎ English
Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 312 pages
ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1426221770
ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1426221774
Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 2.31 pounds
Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 6.3 x 1.23 x 9.3 inches

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