Urban Legends from Space: The Biggest Myths About Space Demystified (Paperback)
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Fun, Outrageous Space Stories, Debunked!
In this Internet age where science fiction masquerades as fact, even the most rational person might find themselves wondering: Could NASA have faked the moon landings? Are we sure the government isn’t using chemtrails to experiment on people? And did NASA really spend millions on “space pens”?
Urban Legends from Space cuts through the fog of myth to bring the truth behind these questions, and 48 other celestial legends, out into the open. In examining the shaky claims behind these many misconceptions and taking us step-by-step through the concrete evidence that contradicts them, expert Bob King debunks each myth and exposes the scientific truth at its core. Along the way, King offers us the tools we need to become more discerning observers of the world around us and more responsible sharers of information overall.
About the Author
Bob King is the writer of the blog Astro Bob and author of Wonders of the Night Sky You Must See Before You Die and Night Sky with the Naked Eye. He is an avid skywatcher and a member of the American Association of Variable Star Observers. Bob writes and photographs for Universe Today, Sky & Telescope magazine and the Duluth News Tribune. He lives in Duluth, Minnesota.
“In our age of misinformation and fake news, this book is the antidote. Bob takes on one cosmic myth at a time, and in the process he delivers a practical guide to observing and understanding our fascinating universe.”
—Monica Young, news and web editor, Sky & Telescope
“Bob sets the record straight with easy-to-understand science-based explanations, and
his delightfully entertaining and knowledgeable insights.”
—Nancy Atkinson, science journalist and author of Eight Years to the Moon
“With his unique style, Bob addresses a number of false beliefs, unveiling their weak points and giving you a chance to discover and understand what is around you. This book will be your anchor in the sometimes rough sea of modern global information.”
—Gianluca Masi, astrophysicist and founder of the Virtual Telescope Project