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In this trip through the cosmos, we begin with the most inhospitable planets in the Universe. While some are molten-hot in "summer," the air of others turns to ice in "winter"—not to mention the lethal bombardments from interplanetary rock storms. From these barren worlds, readers are taken to the edge of the Universe in a unique "cosmic zoom." Based on a newly completed 3D-mapping of stars and galaxies, it takes us through black holes, magnetars—whose magnetism is so powerful they could rearrange the atoms in ...
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London 2001 First edition, New in dj, New An exploration of the most violent and awesome objects in space. Deathtrap planets, the mysteries of the Big Bang, a look at "hell" ... planets and other incredibly inhospitable celestial bodies. The weirdest, most dangerous and most extreme locales in the universe. This is the companion book to a three-part TV series made for British public television. Lots of full color pictures and illustrations. Several science papers and hours of educational reading that's as much fun as watching Ripley's. EXTREMElY interesting. Read more Show Less

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In this trip through the cosmos, we begin with the most inhospitable planets in the Universe. While some are molten-hot in "summer," the air of others turns to ice in "winter"—not to mention the lethal bombardments from interplanetary rock storms. From these barren worlds, readers are taken to the edge of the Universe in a unique "cosmic zoom." Based on a newly completed 3D-mapping of stars and galaxies, it takes us through black holes, magnetars—whose magnetism is so powerful they could rearrange the atoms in your body—and hypernovae—the biggest bangs since the Big Bang itself. We explore the limits of the observable Universe, following the trail of scientists who speculate about what lies beyond. From rogue stars and quasars to an obliterating "rebirth" of the Universe, Extreme Universe is an awe-inspiring introduction to the most formidable forces of the cosmos. Heather Couper is a qualified astrophysicist; Nigel Henbest is an award-winning science writer and broadcaster. The authors' previous collaborations include Universe, The DK Space Encyclopedia, and The Eyewitness Encyclopedia of Space, Galaxies, and Quasars.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780752261638
  • Publisher: Pan Macmillan
  • Publication date: 12/28/2001
  • Pages: 192

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 4, 2002

    A Brain-Melting Book!

    Some incredible facts are backed up by fantastic photography and concept art. The book is very easy to read, which is good if other science books get you confused with huge numbers of statistics. This book concentrates just on the facts and theory. I really enjoyed reading this!

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