Best Books of 2018

Finally I am here with my Top 10 list of favorite books from 2018. I read many amazing books last year and it was difficult to come down with just 10 books for this list. But here is a list of 10 books that entered my favorites list, in no particular order –

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Things to do at night – Death Valley

When we recently planned a trip to Death Valley National Park, people said spending 3 days in Death Valley would be wasteful since there wasn’t much to do in Death Valley. But 3 days were not enough for Death Valley. Really! There is a lot to see and do!

Death Valley is gifted with a dark night sky. I could see more stars in the sky than I have ever seen. There is hardly any light pollution and there is so much you can do at night.

  1. Sleep under the stars.

    This is something that was on my to-do list for a long time.

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Russian space missions

This is a continuation of my post: Planetary Missions. While the earlier post was mostly biased towards NASA, this post is mostly about USSR’s missions.

I browsed through “Russian federal space agency” website sometime back and found information on many of their space missions. http://www.roscosmos.ru/ (OR) http://www.federalspace.ru/

I thought I will make a brief summary of my findings there. I was not aware of many of these missions until I read about them recently. As you can see, these were the ones which actually started the space age. I was excited to read about so many of these “first” in the world.

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How I killed Pluto… and Dragons of Eden – Book Review

I love reading non-fiction books, especially those on science. That should explain why I always expected and was excited to receive encyclopedias as my birthday gifts from my parents. Every year they would give me some series of books or some huge encyclopedia, mostly on science. I told you I am a nerd 😀

This year I read two great non-fiction books which I just loved.

How I Killed Pluto and Why It Had It Coming

Author: Mike Brown

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Hawking’s grand design

Just some months back, there was a lot of hullabaloo about Stephen Hawking’s new book, where he stated : “Modern physics has now proved that God played no role in the creation of the universe.” Atheists and theists, everyone was commenting on this statement. Theists wrote a lot of posts (just on WordPress) refuting Hawking’s statement and saying that god was indeed instrumental in creating the Universe. I so badly wanted to read this book, when I heard about it in February. Finally I got hold of the book recently and finished it in just 2 days. The book was so interesting that I could not put it down. Even though I knew a lot about M-theory and String theory, it was still nice to hear all this from Stephen Hawking. I went gaga over his Brief history of Time when I read it during my school days. This book if not as good as his earlier bestseller,  is still a great book to read.

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Seriously Science – II

Let’s look at some moons this time. I got a chance to click some pics of our moon sometime back when it was almost full moon and again recently just few days back. Like somebody suggested last time, I should probably name this series as sci-pho, since most of the time I end up with some pics I clicked.

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Jupiter’s moons are more interesting compared to our dead moon, with no geological activity on it. Io has active volcanoes that keep ejecting Sulphur Dioxide. Europa has icy surface, below which water might exist. Neptune’s moon Triton is another interesting moon, which has geysers that eject Nitrogen. Moons of the outer planets are much more interesting than the planets themselves. Recently Gliese 581g planet was in news since scientists predicted that it might be habitable. But then another scientist gave a statement saying it may not be completely true. Let’s see what else we are going to discover in future 🙂