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Astronomical enigmas : life on Mars, the Star of Bethlehem & other Milky Way mys
Mark Kidger
Adult Nonfiction QB43.3 .K54 2005

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ContentsPage
Prologue: Why Study the Universe?p. 1
Part 1 - What Our Forebears Knewp. 7
Chapter 1 - Stonehenge: Monument or Megalithic Observatory?p. 9
Chapter 2 - How Did the Stars Get Their Names?p. 26
Chapter 3 - What Was the Christmas Star?p. 49
Chapter 4 - How Do We Know When Comet Halley Was Seen?p. 72
Part 2 - Looking around Our Solar Systemp. 87
Chapter 5 - Our Moon: Nearest Neighbor-and Hot Property?p. 89
Chapter 6 - Is There Life on Mars?p. 107
Chapter 7 - Pluto: Impostor or King of the Outer Darkness?p. 132
Chapter 8 - How Astronomers Learn without Going Anywherep. 160
Part 3 - Triumph or Disaster?p. 181
Chapter 9 - Clear and Present Danger: Will We Be the Next Dinosaurs?p. 183
Chapter 10 - Goldilocks and the Three Planetsp. 210
Chapter 11 - Going to the Planets?p. 223
Chapter 12 - Are We Stardust?p. 249
Afterword: Manned Spaceflight at the Crossroadsp. 265
Notesp. 273
Indexp. 291


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