A View of the Universe

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This lavishly illustrated photographic exploration of the universe will delight everyone intrigued by the night sky. This is the finest collection of color photographs of star clusters, galaxies, and nebulae ever published. Working with the world's most sophisticated telescopes and his own revolutionary techniques, world renowned astronomical photographer David Malin captures distant worlds and phenomena in their astonishing natural colors. These unique pictures are accompanied by nontechnical captions and a ...

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Overview

This lavishly illustrated photographic exploration of the universe will delight everyone intrigued by the night sky. This is the finest collection of color photographs of star clusters, galaxies, and nebulae ever published. Working with the world's most sophisticated telescopes and his own revolutionary techniques, world renowned astronomical photographer David Malin captures distant worlds and phenomena in their astonishing natural colors. These unique pictures are accompanied by nontechnical captions and a lucid text accessible and inspiring to the general reader as well as to astronomers and photographers. The foremost astronomical photographer in the world, David Malin is the discoverer of an enigmatic galaxy now known as Malin-1 and the coauthor of Colours of the Stars and Catalogue of the Universe, both published by Cambridge University Press. His photographs have appeared in locations as diverse as Australian postage stamps and the cover of Life magazine.

This lavishly illustrated photographic exploration of the universe will delight everyone intrigued by the night sky. Working with the world's most sophisticated telescopes and his own revolutionary techniques, renowned astronomical photographer Malin captures distant star clusters and nebulae in all their brilliance. 158 color plates.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780521444774
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 11/28/1993
  • Pages: 254
  • Product dimensions: 8.62 (w) x 10.87 (h) x 1.02 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction
Night and day
Names and magnitudes
Acknowledgements
1 From Microscope to Telescope 1
Introduction 1
A chemical career 2
Photography and microscopy 3
Unsharp masking 8
Off to Australia 9
Photographic amplification and addition 11
Service observing and colour photography 15
2 The Rise of Astronomy and Photography 23
The limits of darkness 23
The captured image 25
3 Things to See and Do in the Dark 29
The daytime sky 29
The sunset 32
Photographing the sky at night 36
Star trails 42
4 The Milky Way and the Colours of the Stars 53
Discovering star colours 53
Revealing the colours of the stars 55
The colours of galaxies 66
A look around in the Milky Way 70
5 Astronomical Reflections 81
Introduction 81
Dust, gas and reflection nebulae 82
Interstellar de-blueing 87
Sources of interstellar dust 97
6 Where Stars Are Born 115
Introduction 115
Star-forming regions in Sagittarius 117
The Orion region 123
A gallery of star-forming regions 134
The Eta Carinae region 141
Star formation in the Large Magellanic Cloud 144
7 Mass Loss and the Life and Death of Stars 149
Introduction 149
The Sun 150
Mass loss from distant stars 151
Eta Carinae 153
Enormous stars and massive mass loss 156
Red giants and planetary nebulae 164
Supernova! 171
Globular clusters 180
8 Galaxies 185
Introduction 185
The Magellanic Clouds and the Local Group 187
Beyond the local group 202
Peculiar galaxies 211
Clusters of galaxies 227
The most distant view 231
Dark matter 234
Appendix About the Photographs 239
Technical details of the astronomical photographs 239
Notes to the Appendix 253
The people who took the plates 254
Bibliography 255
Unsharp masking 255
Photographic amplification 256
Combined techniques, image addition and subtraction 257
Hypersensitisation 258
Colour photography 258
General scientific articles and reviews 259
Popular articles 260
Journal abbreviations 260
Index 261
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