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Hubble: The Mirror on the Universe
     

Hubble: The Mirror on the Universe

by Robin Kerrod, Carole Stott, David Leckrone (Foreword by)
 

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The latest images from the Hubble Space Telescope's recent discoveries and fascinating updates.

In its 20 years of viewing the heavens NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has traveled 2.8 billion miles, made more than 930,000 observations and snapped over 570,000 images of 30,000 celestial objects. It has forever changed how we view the universe and our

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The latest images from the Hubble Space Telescope's recent discoveries and fascinating updates.

In its 20 years of viewing the heavens NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has traveled 2.8 billion miles, made more than 930,000 observations and snapped over 570,000 images of 30,000 celestial objects. It has forever changed how we view the universe and our place in it.

This third edition of Hubble picks up the journey where the last edition left off. It includes a fascinating discussion on how the latest discoveries are revising scientific understanding of the universe, such as:

  • The first direct observation of an "exiled" star. For every 100 million stars in the galaxy there is perhaps one hypervelocity star.
  • A long-exposure image that captured the faint details of spiral galaxy NGC 4911 within the Coma
    Cluster of galaxies, which is 320 million light-years from Earth.
  • A composite "mash-up" image of two colliding galaxies located about 62 million light-years from Earth, taken by the Hubble Space Telescope along with the Chandra X-ray Observatory and the Spitzer Space Telescope.

Since the 2007 edition of Hubble, the Hubble Space Telescope has clocked millions more miles and taken thousands more images. This new edition describes how, like the Hubble Space Telescope's missions, our view of the universe is a constantly evolving journey.

Editorial Reviews

Minneapolis Star Tribune - L.K. Hanson
[Review of previous edition:] Spectacular images... these are beautiful immensities to contemplate.
Globe and Mail
[Review of previous edition:] Who knew the heavens were this beautiful?... A thoroughly accessible primer on 21st-century astronomy... worth the price for the images alone.
Sky and Telescope
[Review of previous edition:] Only 13 pages of this book don't have an astronomical picture on them... a feast of photography.
Knight Ridder Newspapers - Charles Matthews
[Review of previous edition:] The choice for the reader who just wants to absorb the gorgeousness of what's out there.
Mercury Magazine [Astronomical Society of the Paci
[Review of previous edition:] The most images published in a single volume... clear concise text explaining the fascinating history of astronomy and... the HST.
Books in Canada - Olga Stein
[Review of previous edition:] A testament to both the wondrous technology... and the majesty of a universe... an intelligently organized book... fascinating and informative, I recommend Hubble for young and older readers alike.
Canadian Press - Kim Covert
[Review of previous edition:] Glorious photographs from the Hubble space telescope... some of the most important taken by the telescope.
Los Angeles Daily News - Rob Lowman
[Review of previous edition:] A helpful perspective of the vast realm astronomers are dealing with.
Los Angeles Times - Mimi Diamond
[Review of previous edition:] Packed with breathtaking images... text is helpful, as jargon-free as a subject like this can be and appropriate for adults and older children. This is one coffee-table book that may actually get read cover to cover.
Science Books and Films - Caitlin Augusta
[Review of previous edition:] An excellent astronomy resource and a must-purchase for all school and public libraries.
The Science Teacher - Deb McNabney
[Review of previous edition:] Stunning... 300 gorgeous Hubble images... well written, understandable text... a great reference book for any secondary school library.
E-Streams - Sue Norman
[Review of previous edition:] Without doubt a beautiful book... this is a splendid book and is recommended for both secondary schools and public libraries.
Choice - D.E. Hogg
[Review of previous edition:] What makes this book by space writer Kerrod stand out is the accompanying text that places the beautiful pictures in context.
Science Books and Films
[Review of previous edition:] Science Book and Film's Top Ten Science Photography Books for 2004: An absolutely spectacular book with sumptuous high-quality, full-color photographs.
The Chronicle Herald (Halifax) - Jodi DeLong
[Review of previous edition:] The black and endless expanse of the universe explodes into colour and light with Hubble's incredible photographs of stars, nebulae, planets and Pluto.
Rainbo Electronic Reviews
[Review of previous edition:] Each page in this book is filled with gorgeous pictures of galaxies and nebulae that span our universe. Trust me, the pictures you've seen on the Internet and your local newspaper don't begin to show what the Hubble Space Telescope is capable of doing. Beyond the wondrous images, Robin Kerrod and Carole Stott explain what those images are telling scientists about the nature of the universe.
VOYA
This resource can be considered two books in one. It is at once a photographic tour of the universe revealed by images from the Hubble Space Telescope (HST) and an astronomy textbook. Replete with full-page color photographs, the book matches up Hubble's well-labeled pictures to corresponding text nicely; however, it would be worth purchasing for the photos alone. The HST images from nebulae, stars, and galaxies are awesome. They are crisp, with good contrast, providing a visual banquet for the astronomy lover. The text is organized into six chapters: from stars to galaxies to the solar system, ending with information on the HST. The chapters are independent of each other, but within each, the material is logically organized and cohesive. Despite extensive photos, it is not a coffee table book. The print is small for browsing; the author's writing is occasionally unclear, especially in the chapter introductions; and the book presupposes some knowledge of astronomy. Nevertheless for astronomy buffs, Kerrod's masterful integration of history, astrophysics, and current research will be appreciated and enjoyed. Unfortunately the text is marred by a few generalizations and errors as well as a glaring publishing mistake. Kerrod dates a galactic collision at 500 billion years ago, when he later states (correctly) that the universe itself is only twelve to fifteen billion years old. On page 168, the text from page 162 is repeated in a section where it clearly does not belong. Those mistakes notwithstanding, Hubble is an excellent astronomy resource and a must-purchase for all school and public libraries. VOYA Codes: 4Q 4P J S A/YA (Better than most, marred only by occasional lapses; Broadgeneral YA appeal; Junior High, defined as grades 7 to 9; Senior High, defined as grades 10 to 12; Adult-marketed book recommended for Young Adults). 2003, Firefly, 192p.; Glossary. Index. Illus. Charts. Chronology., Ages 12 to Adult.
—Caitlin Augusta

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781554079728
Publisher:
Firefly Books, Limited
Publication date:
08/11/2011
Edition description:
Third Edition, Revised and Expanded
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
9.00(w) x 10.90(h) x 0.80(d)

Meet the Author

Robin Kerrod was a fellow of both the Royal Astronomical Society and the British Interplanetary Society. His numerous books include The Sky at Night and History of NASA.

Formerly a professional astronomer, Carole Stott is now a full-time space science writer. She is the author of more than 20 books.

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