Death from the Skies!: These are the Ways the World Will End--

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Penguin, 2008 - 326 pages
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A lively astronomy primer that uses cataclysmic scenarios to explain the universe?s most fascinating events.

According to astronomer Philip Plait, the universe is an apocalypse waiting to happen But how much do we really need to fear from things like black holes, gamma-ray bursts, and supernovae? And if we should be scared, is there anything we can do to save ourselves? With humor and wit, Plait details the myriad doomsday events that the cosmos could send our way to destroy our planet and life as we know it. This authoritative yet accessible study is the ultimate astronomy lesson.

Combining fascinating?and often alarming?scenarios that seem plucked from science fiction with the latest research and opinions, Plait illustrates why outer space is not as remote as most people think. Each chapter explores a different phenomenon, explaining it in easy-to-understand terms, and considering how life on earth and the planet itself would be affected should the event come to pass. Rather than sensationalizing the information, Plait analyzes the probability of these catastrophes occurring in our lifetimes and what we can do to stop them. With its entertaining tone and enlightening explanation of unfathomable concepts, Death from the Skies! will appeal to science buffs and beginners alike.


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Review: Death from the Skies!: These Are the Ways the World Will End...

User Review  - Jacob - Goodreads

I really like Phil Plait. His blog (Bad Astronomy on is enlightening, and from what I've seen on Youtube, he's an entertaining speaker. We need more people who can take science to the non ... Read full review

Review: Death from the Skies!: These Are the Ways the World Will End...

User Review  - Dan - Goodreads

My most recent read was from astronomer Phil Plait, who writes the Bad Astronomy blog over at Slate. "Death from the Skies" chronicles all of the possible ways that our planet, and life as we know it ... Read full review


Asteroid and Comet Impacts
The Stellar Fury of Supernovae
GammaRay Bursts
CHAPTERS The Bottomless Pits of Black Holes
Alien Attack
The Death of the Sun
CHAPTER a Bright Lights Big Galaxy
EPILOGUE What Me Worry?

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About the author (2008)

Phil Plait, Ph.D. is a NASA-funded research astronomer with more than ten years of professional experience. He has written astronomy articles for magazines such as "Astronomy," "Muse," and "Space Illustrated," and has been published in the "Boston Globe." Plait has appeared on national radio and TV programs, including the Sci-Fi Channel's "Countdown to Doomsday" documentary.

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