RESOURCES: The Universe From A to Z

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Science  22 Oct 2004:
Vol. 306, Issue 5696, pp. 585
DOI: 10.1126/science.306.5696.585b

Wondering why space scientists are excited about Lake Vostok, which lies buried beneath 3700 meters of ice in Antarctica? Want to know how long a star lives? The answers await at the wide-ranging Encyclopedia of Astrobiology, Astronomy, and Spaceflight from astronomer and writer David Darling of Brainerd, Minnesota. For example, the average lifetime of a G type star like our sun is 10 billion years, whereas a torrid giant blue star like Alnitak will perish after a mere 10 million years. And Lake Vostok might serve as a model for possible oceans on worlds such as Jupiter's moon Europa. The pages also offer brief biographies of luminaries in astronomy, rocketry, and related fields, such as the eccentric Swiss-American Fritz Zwicky (1898–1974), who inferred the presence of dark matter.

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