Reviewed by Donald Logsdon Jr.
Advances in technology such as the Hubble Space Telescope, have led to a great increase in our knowledge of the universe. Since most of the stars are very far away, there is interest in the relatively few stars that are close to us and possibly reachable at some point in our future.
The author describes this publication in this way: "The book presents all known information of the 100 stars nearest Earth, as well as the brown stars in the range covered by these stars.” The book is divided into two parts. Part 1 presents detailed information on how we measure and name the closest stars, such as star types, distance, magnitudes, and accuracy of measurements. Part 2 presents a series of short paragraphs on the 100 closest stars.
The book has relatively few illustrations. There is a list of sources for the information and an index of the scientists who provided the illustrations. This is a book of useful information for the individual who would like to know more about the stars that mankind may someday try to explore, especially the planets we are discovering orbiting them.
Review posted on 6/27/2012