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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.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781847241252
  • Publisher: Quercus
  • Publication date: 5/1/2011
  • Edition number: 2
  • 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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  • Posted December 29, 2012

    An amazing book on our universe at several levels!

    This book covers the universe for us in depth,while remaining an easy and fun read.the images are huge,as is the book.make no mistake,it is an oversized book.it goes from our solar system and each object in our system from the sun to pluto.it goes out to cover asteroids,comets and nebulae and other space related objects,and really paints an outstanding picture to help us get a good understanding of the universe we live in.its a great book,and i hope it becomes an ebook soon

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  • Anonymous

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    Incredible book!

    This book got me interested in astronomy, and has spurred me to learn a lot more about astronomy. I imagine that this book is good for anybody at any astronomy IQ level. It is an oversize book with huge, very high quality pictures printed on high quality paper. The images are truly stunning. This book is very comprehensive, starting with images and information of the Earth, the sun and all the planets of the solar system (with their moons), moving out into our Milky way, covering well known comets, etc, and other nearby galaxies, finally analyzing the latest theories including "dark matter" and the latest computer models of the universe. The text is concise but very well written and informative. If more people knew about this book, it would sell like pancakes. If you're thinking about getting it, then trust me you won't regret it. This is one of those books that you get lost in and it makes you think about your small place in this huge universe.

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