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byCarl Sagan

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WHAT ARE THESE GRACEFUL VISITORS TO OUR SKIES? WE NOW KNOW THAT THEY BRING BOTH LIFE AND DEATH AND TEACH US ABOUT OUR ORIGINS.



Comet begins with a breathtaking journey through space astride a comet. Pulitzer Prize-winning astronomer Carl Sagan, author of Cosmos and Contact, and writer Ann Druyan explore the origin, nature, and future of comets, and the exotic myths and portents attached to them. The authors show how comets have spurred some of the great discoveries in the history of science and raise intriguing questions about these brilliant visitors from the interstellar dark.



Were the fates of the dinosaurs and the origins of humans tied to the wanderings of a comet? Are comets the building blocks from which worlds are formed?



Lavishly illustrated with photographs and specially commissioned full-color paintings, Comet is an enthralling adventure, indispensable for anyone who has ever gazed up at the heavens and wondered why.



"SIMPLY THE BEST."

*The Times of London



"FASCINATING, EVOCATIVE, INSPIRING."

*The Washington Post



"COMET HUMANIZES SCIENCE. A BEAUTIFUL, INTERESTING BOOK."

*United Press International



"MASTERFUL . . . SCIENCE, POETRY, AND IMAGINATION."

*The Atlanta Journal & Constitution

About The Author

Carl Sagan served as the David Duncan Professor of Astronomy and Space Sciences and Director of the Laboratory for Planetary Studies at Cornell University. He played a leading role in the Mariner, Viking, Voyager, and Galileo spacecraft expeditions, for which he received the NASA Medals for Exceptional Scientific Achievement and (twice...
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Title:CometFormat:PaperbackDimensions:432 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.9 inPublished:February 25, 1997Publisher:Random House Publishing Group

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ISBN - 10:0345412222

ISBN - 13:9780345412225

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What is a comet? Where does it come from? What is it made of, and how long does it last? Are comets the building blocks from which the planets were formed? These are just a few of the intriguing questions addressed in this spectacular book by the Pulitzer Prize-winning scientist and author of Cosmos--the greatest science bestseller of all time.Written with his longtime collaborator, Ann Druyan, Carl Sagan's COMET is the definitive work on its subject. Beginning with a breathtaking journey through space astride a comet, Sagan and Druyan probe the myths and portents that comets have given rise to around the world and across the centuries. They trace scientific enterprises that have been devoted to comets, the rivalries and controversies that have been inspired by them, and examine comet activity from 1987 to the present--including the forthcoming appearance of Hale-Bopp, currently anticipated to be fifty times brighter in our skies than Halley's or Kohoutek