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Hubble: Window on the Universe

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With over 400 glorious, full-color images, this stunning volume showcases the Hubble Space Telescope’s most spectacular—and most recent—discoveries such as Pluto in unprecedented detail, the beautiful Butterfly Nebula, Omega Centauri, Stephan’s Quintet, and the mysteries of dark matter. Giles Sparrow’s expert text describes Hubble’s fascinating story and how it has become one of the most successful scientific projects of all time; charting its origins and troubled launch in 1990, the emergency repair of its ...

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Overview

With over 400 glorious, full-color images, this stunning volume showcases the Hubble Space Telescope’s most spectacular—and most recent—discoveries such as Pluto in unprecedented detail, the beautiful Butterfly Nebula, Omega Centauri, Stephan’s Quintet, and the mysteries of dark matter. Giles Sparrow’s expert text describes Hubble’s fascinating story and how it has become one of the most successful scientific projects of all time; charting its origins and troubled launch in 1990, the emergency repair of its defective mirror, the impact of four subsequent servicing missions, and finally, what the future holds for one of the most amazing instruments ever created.

From our nearest interplanetary neighbors to the very edge of the Universe and the dawn of time, the Hubble Space Telescope’s observations have helped us to answer questions about the age of the Universe, how planets form, and the nature of the supermassive black holes that dwell at the center of galaxies. The pages of this book celebrate Hubble’s astonishing contribution to science over the last twenty years, and the spectacular views of the cosmos that have transformed the way we see the Universe and our place within it.

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Some measure of how our knowledge of the universe has expanded can be grasped by comparing the first grainy photographs that Daguerre took of mundane street scenes in the early 19th century and the breathtaking images captured by the Hubble Space Telescope, our eyes in the skies for the past twenty years. These dazzling photos of colliding and interacting galaxies and the spiraling Perseus dwarf project the astonishing scientific and technological advancements of the Space Age. Giles Sparrow's large format Hubble pictorial stuns you with its 200 pictures of distant celestial bodies, but it grounds you with its precise, accessible text. Easy to recommend.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781435126398
  • Publisher: Sterling
  • Publication date: 8/25/2010
  • Pages: 223
  • Product dimensions: 11.70 (w) x 14.10 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Giles Sparrow studied Astronomy at University College London, and Science Communication at Imperial College. He has acted as author, consultant, and contributor on numerous popular science books, and is the author of, among others, The Universe and How to See It, Cosmos, Spaceflight, The Stargazer’s Handbook, and Voyage Across the Cosmos.

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  • Posted October 29, 2010

    Absolutely amazing!

    This book gives the complete history of the Hubble Space Telescope, and then launches you on a strikingly beautiful tour of the stars. First we see pictures of planets in our solar system, then sharply detailed images from our own Milky Way galaxy, and finally, scenes from elsewhere in the universe. I am amazed at the clarity of the HST photography. It truly is stunning and fills me with a sense of awe at being such a small part of a vast, expansive, intricate creation.

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  • Posted December 18, 2010

    Gorgeous photos

    This is an absolutely amazing book of the most beautiful photographs I have seen. The text is also very helpful but the photos are what makes this item. The images are just stunning and makes you think how incredibly lucky we are to live on this planet and to be able to see such wonders of creation. This book is a conversation starter if you have it on your coffee table.

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