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Images from the Hubble Space Telescope are transforming our view of the Universe. The planets of our solar system, the birth of stars, the effects of black holes, and remote galaxies are all imaged with a clarity that can only be achieved by a telescope in space. Showcased here are sixty of the finest images from the Hubble Space Telescope. Chosen for their scientific themes and their beauty, this collection includes every kind of known object in the Universe: planets, stars, swirling clouds of gas, wheeling ...

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Images from the Hubble Space Telescope are transforming our view of the Universe. The planets of our solar system, the birth of stars, the effects of black holes, and remote galaxies are all imaged with a clarity that can only be achieved by a telescope in space. Showcased here are sixty of the finest images from the Hubble Space Telescope. Chosen for their scientific themes and their beauty, this collection includes every kind of known object in the Universe: planets, stars, swirling clouds of gas, wheeling galaxies, remote quasars and active galaxies. This representative selection is carefully chosen to show the power of the telescope and the stunning variety of astronomical objects. Noted writers Jacqueline Mitton and Stephen P. Maran have added lucid descriptions explaining the science behind the images, and the significance of the discoveries made by the Hubble Space Telescope. This accessible summary of the Hubble Space Telescope describes its rich discoveries in non-technical terms.

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YAAn appealing look at our universe. Presenting a concise historical overview of telescopes and their uses, the authors then concentrate on the Hubble Space Telescope itself, pointing out its instruments and the difficulties encountered with its primary mirror and other problems that arose. Successful missions to correct them are also discussed. The spectacular full-color photographs, a compilation of some of the more exciting images produced by the HST, are described in easy-to-understand language. In many cases, they are composites taken with various filters and are shown in false colors, making for extraordinary beautiful views of our universe. Technical information is provided with reference to the type of cameras, lenses, and filters used to produce each picture. The descriptions are thorough, informative, and well condensed. Amazingly, in spite of its brevity, the book details a majority of the types of objects in our solar system from the planets to stellar phenomena to extragalactic objects. This title provides the basics for acquiring not only accurate astronomical facts, but also information on photo-astronomy.Darrell G. Ardoin, Pimmit Hills Alternative High School, Fairfax County Public Schools, VA
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A former Norwegian Director General of Forestry hikes through the forestry issue in a number of dimensions, from past to future, from production to conservation, and from local interests to global needs. He explains how to improve the aggregate benefit of the forests, and identifies political instruments necessary for such improvements. A number of color photographs are included. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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  • ISBN-13: 9780521571005
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 8/13/1996
  • Pages: 121
  • Product dimensions: 8.03 (w) x 5.98 (h) x 0.31 (d)

Table of Contents

The Hubble Space Telescope
The HST Released in Space 2
Replacing HST's Solar Arrays 4
Removing HST's Old Camera 6
Star Images Before the HST's First Servicing Mission 8
Star Images After the HST's First Servicing Mission 10
The Solar System
Springtime on Mars 12
The Clouds of Venus 14
Jupiter 16
Io, Jupiter's Volcanic Moon 18
Saturn 20
Storm on Saturn 22
Dynamic Neptune 24
Pluto and Charon 26
Comet Shoemaker-Levy 9 a Year Before Impact 28
The Fragments of Comet Shoemaker-Levy 9 30
Impact Scars on Jupiter, July 1994 32
Asteroid Vesta 34
Star Birth and Star Clusters
Newborn Stars Emerge in the Eagle Nebula 36
The Orion Nebula 38
Jets from Young Stars 40
The Disk Around Beta Pictoris 42
The Heart of the Globular Star Cluster 47 Tucanae 44
Two Star Clusters in the Large Magellanic Cloud 46
Radcliffe 136: An Extraordinary Star Cluster 48
Star Cluster R136 in its Setting 50
The Spectra of Two Stars in the Cluster R136 52
The Fate of the Massive Star R136a5 54
Stellar Explosions and Star Death
Nova Cygni 1992 in May 1993 56
Nova Cygni 1992 in January 1994 58
Eta Carinae: Supernova in the Making 60
AG Carinae: A Luminous Blue Variable Star 62
The 'Cat's Eye' Planetary Nebula 64
Planetary Nebula N66 in the Large Magellanic Cloud 66
Supernova 1987A in August 1990 68
Supernova 1987A in Ultraviolet Light, 1994 70
Supernova 1987A's Outer Rings 72
Filaments in the Crab Nebula 74
Details of Filaments in the Crab Nebula 76
The Pulsar and the Wisps in the Crab Nebula 78
Understanding Features near the Crab Nebula Pulsar 80
The Cygnus Loop Supernova Remnant 82
Galaxies and Black Holes
The Center of a Giant Elliptical Galaxy, NGC 1275 84
The Cartwheel Galaxy 86
Colliding Galaxies, NGC 7252 88
Markarian 315, a Seyfert Galaxy 90
The Quasar PKS 2349 92
The Center of the Giant Elliptical Galaxy M87 94
The Jet of M87 in Ultraviolet Light 96
The Gas Disk at the Heart of M87 98
Evidence for a Black Hole in M87 100
A Black Hole in the Giant Elliptical Galaxy NGC 4261 102
Gravitational Lenses and Cosmology
The Einstein Cross 104
Quasar QSO 1208+101 106
Gravitational Lensing by the Galaxy Cluster AC114 108
Galaxy Cluster Abell 2218 as a Cosmic 'Zoom Lens' 110
The Spiral Galaxy M100 in the Virgo Cluster 112
A Cepheid Variable Star in the Galaxy M100 114
Galaxies of Long Ago 116
Galaxies: Looking Back Through Time 118
The Faintest Galaxies Ever Seen 120
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