Read Star Trek: The Official Guide to Our Universe: The True Science Behind the Starship Voyages Online Free - As Star Trek celebrates its 50th anniversary, this book reveals the real science behind its fantastic and beloved fictions, inviting readers to step outside, gaze up at the night sky, and observe some of the destinations the Starfleet has visited. Many of the galactic destinations featured in Star Trek over the years—multiple star systems, alien worlds, supernova explosions, emission nebulae, voracious black holes—are scientifically valid, so much so that one can step out and view them in the night sky. In this book astronomy educator Andrew Fazekas, “The Night Sky Guy,” takes you on that journey, starting with specific Star Trek voyages, explaining the science behind them, and guiding you in observing and learning more about the real-universe corollaries of planets and places in the Star Trek universe.
With a foreword from William Shatner and stunningly illustrated with hundreds of full-color images—some artists’ interpretations and some real images generated by the most recent NASA missions—plus stills of favorite Star Trek scenes and characters, Star Trek The Official Guide to Our Universe uses Star Trek to teach astronomy, taking every reader on a voyage of discovery. From Altair to Vega, from red giants to white dwarfs, from our solar system to exoplanets we are only beginning to imagine, the book visits dozens of celestial objects, spotlighting some 20 in careful scientific detail and offering easy-to-follow star-gazing instructions to find them in the night sky.
No warp-driven starship, not even a telescope is required to go on these voyages: Most destinations are bright enough to be seen with the naked eye. For Star Trek fans and budding stargazers who are ready to launch their own space mission, this inventive book blends science and fiction, making learning fun and making Star Trek’s 50th all the more worthy of celebration.
|Title||:||Star Trek: The Official Guide to Our Universe: The True Science Behind the Starship Voyages|
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February 05, 2017
Interesting and engaging book exploring how the Star Trek series and movies tackle science and Astrophysics. The science is well explained in a pretty divulgative fashion, so it can be enjoyed by scientists and non-scientists alike. As a physicist working on an Astrophysics thesis, I enjoyed rere...
July 06, 2016
If you love stargazing and Star Trek this is the book for you. Fazekas looks at all incarnations of Star Trek and explores how science fiction is grounded in science. It is a beautiful book with stargazing maps, episode guides that explain the science behind them and how close we are to completin...
January 09, 2017
This guide helps anyone, either those who just like Star Trek, those that are interested in understanding science in pop culture, or those that would like a practical fun guide to the wonders above. The guide has driven me to explore the night sky with a basic telescope or just the naked eye. The...
January 19, 2017
Nice balance between science and fiction.
Fazekas does a great job interlacing material from the whole range of Trek history with a wealth of astronomy. Along the way he points out all the ways we have (or haven't) achieved Trek technology.
Even better, amid the wealth of beautiful astronomical ima...
September 19, 2016
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October 11, 2016
Thumbed/skimmed through it. Very nice book, well put together. I just don't have the time and deep interest in the topic to do more.
April 28, 2017
It's a beautiful coffee table/encyclopedia-style volume, and it's an informative look at astronomy for all those unfamiliar with our big old universe. However, its "Star Trek" connections are a bit tenuous; there are far greater & more effective examples that could have been used for certain...
April 17, 2017
This book too a scientific perspective on exploring the Star Trek universe. It approached each planet in our solar system, discussed it scientifically, then related it to incidents within the Star Trek Universe. Other topics beyond the planets were discussed, but all followed a similar vein. The...