Longing for a deeper knowledge of deep space? Whether you're an astronomy buff or a novice afraid to approach the wonders of the celestial spheres, this accessible, fact-crammed compendium will show you what's so friendly about the universe. Along with great illustrations, sidebars, and at-a-glance maps and charts, you'll find answers to questions such as: Why is the sky dark at night?; Who is the Devil Girl from Mars?; Why do scientists think that life on Earth could come to an end on August 14, 2126?; and What happens if you fall into a black hole? The Friendly Guide to the Universe is an entertaining, idiosyncratic astronomical companion - one that will be irresistible for any earthling who's ever looked skyward in wonder.