Cosmos

Cosmos

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by Giles Sparrow
     
 

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With a foreword by the author of Galileo's Daughter, this is an awe-inspiring, majestic account of the ultimate journey—a 13.7 billion-light-year voyage from our home planet to the edge of the universe and the beginning of time

 

The magnificent vault of stars emblazoning Earth’s night skies are but an infinitesimal

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With a foreword by the author of Galileo's Daughter, this is an awe-inspiring, majestic account of the ultimate journey—a 13.7 billion-light-year voyage from our home planet to the edge of the universe and the beginning of time

 

The magnificent vault of stars emblazoning Earth’s night skies are but an infinitesimal fraction of the hundreds of billions that inhabit our galaxy—and there are at least as many galaxies in the universe as there are stars in the Milky Way. This collection of images of staggering beauty makes sense of this dizzying celestial panorama by exploring it one step at a time, illustrating the planets, moons, stars, nebulae, white dwarfs, black holes, and other exotica that populate the heavens, with some of science's most spectacular photographs. The book opens with an orbital survey of planet Earth, before venturing into the solar system heading for interstellar space and the heart of our galaxy. As the journey unfolds, the rhythms of stellar life emerge: we pass through dark clouds of dust and gas ablaze with newly smelted stars and we witness dying stars bloom and fade as planetary nebulae, or tear themselves apart as supernovae. Having crossed the Milky Way, we enter intergalactic space, where we watch the hidden lives of galaxies: we see them flock and cluster, forming massive conglomerations that span millions of light years, visibly warping space with their tremendous gravity. After covering an almost unimaginable 13.7 billion light years, we approach the edge of space and the dawn of time where our voyage must end, but not before we consider how the universe was born, and how it might die.

Editorial Reviews

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"Blending fascinating facts about the latest developments in cosmic exploration with lush, large-format photography, Cosmos offers a new window into our universe."—Parade"

Everything about COSMOS seems designed to inspire galactic awe—from its black satin covers to its star-sparkly slipcase. But its the rich 13" by 17" photographs inside that will hypnotize you. . . If you've got an aspiring space traveler in the family, this could be the ultimate gift"—Ron Charles, The Washington Post"

Cosmos is a stunning survey of our universe, starting with Earth, proceeding through its solar-system neighbors and circling outward into galaxies, black holes and, well, infinity and beyond, as Buzz Lightyear would say. Awe-inspiring."—Seattle Times

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781847241252
Publisher:
Quercus
Publication date:
05/01/2011
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
14.30(w) x 16.90(h) x 1.10(d)

Meet the Author

Giles Sparrow is the author of Atlas of the Constellations, The Traveler's Guide to the Solar System, and The Planets, as well as the children's books Cosmic! and Spaceflight. Dava Sobel is the author of the international bestsellers Galileo's DaughterLongitude, and The Planets.

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