In this introduction to the Universe, discover how the moon controls the tides, or if we are ever likely to discover life on Mars. The book covers all major aspects of the subject, from the Universe's beginnings to the possibilities of the future.
What is the Universe?; How do we fit in?; How the Universe works; In the beginning; Fate of the Universe; Exploring the Universe; Our corner of the Universe; Our local star; Earth's moon; Comparing the planets; Mercury and Venus; Home planet; Mars, the red planet; Jupiter, king of the planets; Saturn, the ringed wonder; New worlds; Asteroids, meteors and meteorites; Icy wanderers; Distant suns; The variety of stars; Clusters and nebulae; Star birth; Star death; Pulsars and black holes; The Milky Way; Neighbours; Galaxies galore; Quasars and other active galaxies; A Universe of life.