Hubble's Universe: Greatest Discoveries and Latest Images

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Praise for the first edition:
"Superbly well-produced. Any engagement with this 'cosmic portfolio,' from picture gazing to deep reading, is grandly rewarded."
-- Booklist

"The book's precise descriptions...

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Overview

Praise for the first edition:
"Superbly well-produced. Any engagement with this 'cosmic portfolio,' from picture gazing to deep reading, is grandly rewarded."
-- Booklist

"The book's precise descriptions and captions brilliantly complement the nearly 300 full-color Hubble images.... this is an amazing book.... Outstanding."
-- Library Journal

"A treasure map to the majesty of our universe."
-- Publishers Weekly

"A reminder that the finest telescope in space might also be the greatest camera ever created."
-- Wall Street Journal

The Hubble Space Telescope is now at the apex of its imaging capabilities yet until the publication of Hubble's Universe, no other popular book had presented the latest pictures taken by the new Wide Field Camera 3. For his most recent book, Terence Dickinson selected a breathtaking portfolio of Hubble pictures from a library of more than 700,000 images.

Thanks to Dickinson's familiarity with Hubble's history and discoveries and his access to top Hubble scientists for insight and accuracy, the text includes facts and tidbits not found in any other book. Combined with more than 300 brilliant images, the clear, succinct and illuminating narrative brings to life the fascinating forces at work in the universe.

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Editorial Reviews

The Wall Street Journal
[review for 11 X 11 edition] Hubble's Universe....a reminder that the finest telescope in space might also be the greatest camera ever created.
Booklist - Donna Seaman
[review for 11 X 11 edition] Superbly well-produced. Any engagement with this "cosmic portfolio," from picture gazing to deep reading, is grandly rewarded.
Quill and Quire - Steven W. Beattie
[review for 11 X 11 edition] A visually breathtaking array of Hubble's images in an extraordinary new volume...a book to fill readers with wonder.
Universe Today - Evan Gough
[review for 11 X 11 edition] The array of pictures is simply awesome... This book is basically a feast of astrophotography.
Winnipeg Free Press - David Fuller
[review for 11 X 11 edition] This catalogue of discoveries made thanks to the Hubble telescope works just as well as an otherworldly art book.
Cosmic Log on NBC News.com - Alan Boyle
[review for 11 X 11 edition] There's a new Hubble picture book every year, but this year we're lucky to have one authored by the guy who wrote NightWatch and The Universe and Beyond.
Lunar and Planetary Information Bulletin
[review for 11 X 11 edition] Dickinson showcases extraordinary late-breaking pictures, many of which have yet to receive wide distribution...and presents a breathtaking portfolio drawn from an archive of over 500,000 existing Hubble images. The accompanying text balances accuracy with accessibility, Dickinson's hallmark. And thanks to the author's familiarity with Hubble's history and discoveries and his access to top Hubble scientists for insight and accuracy, the text includes facts and tidbits not found in any other book. Combined with hundreds of brilliant images, the clear narrative brings to life the fascinating forces at work in the universe.
Choice - R. Kraus
[review for 11 X 11 edition] At first glance, some readers might consider this a coffee table book with just a bunch of pretty pictures--the color images are very high quality--but the substantial captions for the images are extremely well written. Though readers can find many of the images online, they will not get the same lucid descriptions of the science behind the research of each astronomical object... This book will be useful as a supplementary resource for students in introductory astronomy courses. Hopefully, it will motivate more students to learn about the amazing universe that they live in. Highly recommended.
Science Books and Film - John 0. Christensen
[review for 11 X 11 edition] A very well done exploration of the telescope, its uses, its history, its astonishing achievements, and its unique place in the science of astronomical observation. The spectacular pictures are certainly a major feature of the book.... A particularly impressive chapter explains six of Hubble's top discoveries that would not have been possible with earthbound telescopes... The science in it is excellent, as a layman's introduction to some otherwise difficult concepts... highly recommended for both the casual reader and the serious lover of astronomy.
Shelf Life
[review for 11 X 11 edition] For those who never liked astronomy in school, this book will change your opinion. Outer space never looked so magnificent, and this book brings it all into crystal clear perspective.
Christmas 2012 Gift Book List Globe and Mail
[review for 11 X 11 edition] Stunningly colourful and surreal photos of cosmic columns, spiral galaxies, nebulas and pulsating stars...accompanied by clear, accessible explanatory text.
Halifax Chronicle Herald - John McPhee
[review for 11 X 11 edition] You won't find a better celestial tour guide than Dickinson. Pick up Hubble's Universe and enjoy the ride.
Publishers Weekly
From its orbit some 360 miles above the Earth’s surface, the 12-ton Hubble space telescope has taken hundreds of thousands of images that challenge and humble astronomers as much as they charm and astound. With the glorious 350 photos he has selected, Dickinson, a science writer who specializes in astronomy (NightWatch: A Practical Guide to Viewing the Universe), shows how the Hubble “sees” with unprecedented clarity and sharpness. The 2009 installation of the wide field camera 3 further improved its capabilities, giving researchers an even bigger window on the universe: the atmospheres of extrasolar planets, black holes and the evolution of our universe, even dark energy and dark matter. Evocatively named nebulae—“Cat’s Eye,” “Loch Ness,” “Elephant’s Trunk”—swirl and shimmer, revealing the fireworks of newly ignited stars. Dickinson’s choice of images lets us see into the core of our own Milky Way as well as deep space, where the glimmer of distant galaxies offers clues to the structure of the universe. Part gorgeous coffee-table book, part accessible and mesmerizing astronomy book, Dickinson’s latest is a treasure map to the majesty of our universe. (Oct.)
Booklist
Superbly well-produced. Any engagement with this "cosmic portfolio," from picture gazing to deep reading, is grandly rewarded.

— Donna Seaman

The Observatory, Volume 134, No. 1243 - David Strickland
Astronomy has long been recognized as 'bait', dangled in front of children, in particular, to lure them into science more generally; and one of the facets that has always been especially tempting is the beauty of its subjects of study. Well, here is a veritable feast, culled principally from the Hubble Space Telescope and presented by a deft practitioner of outreach from Canada, Terence Dickinson. With perfect timing and a price that is an absolute snip, this dazzling book would be an ideal Christmas gift for anyone, young or old. A wide and very up-to-date range of topics in astronomy is covered, from planets of the Solar System to the remotest galaxies captured in the Ultra-Deep Field, each with stunning and crisply reproduced images accompanied by lucid text to place them in the context of the advances afforded by the HST; those images of nebulae and star clusters would be worthy of an honoured place in any great art gallery. The chequered history of the telescope itself is also treated, with the conclusion very clear -- it has been an absolute boon to astronomy and, I would add, to civilization more generally. In summary: superb!
Science Books and Film - John O. Christensen
The science in it is excellent, as a layman's introduction to some otherwise difficult concepts.... Highly recommended.
Library Journal
Dickinson (NightWatch: A Practical Guide to Viewing the Universe) details the Hubble Space Telescope's contributions to science in both text and images. The book's precise descriptions and captions brilliantly complement the nearly 300 full-color Hubble images that form the bulk of the work. Its ten chapters showcase a selection of Hubble's most significant images with explanations of the discoveries they helped make. Especially fantastic are the images of solar wind stripping away large gas clouds that harbor stellar nurseries; images of Hubble's deep field, revealing galaxy clusters from halfway across the universe; and sublime images of vast, colorful nebulas. The work also unfolds Hubble's pictures of planets, close-ups of merging galaxies, and images of enormous, tightly-packed star clusters, some containing millions of stars. Dickinson explains how all the photographed objects fit into scientists' understanding of cosmology, adding extra context to the pictures. VERDICT Even if you only look at the pictures, this is an amazing book. The accompanying text and photo captions make the work outstanding.—Jeffrey Beall, Univ. of Colorado Denver Lib.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781770854338
  • Publisher: Firefly Books, Limited
  • Publication date: 9/30/2014
  • Edition description: Compact Edition
  • Pages: 300
  • Sales rank: 72,138
  • Product dimensions: 10.10 (w) x 10.10 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Terence Dickinson is the author of 14 astronomy books, including the international bestseller NightWatch and The Backyard Astronomer's Guide.

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Table of Contents

CONTENTS

INTRODUCTION
Chapter 1: HUBBLE'S UNIVERSE
Chapter 2: HUBBLE'S TOP SCIENCE ACCOMPLISHMENTS
Chapter 3: THE MESSAGE OF STARLIGHT
Chapter 4: CRUCIBLES OF CREATION
Chapter 5: STARRY TAPESTRY
Chapter 6: BLAZE OF GLORY
Chapter 7: HUBBLE'S INVISIBLE UNIVERSE
Chapter 8: EMPIRES OF STARS
Chapter 9: NEIGHBOR WORLDS: THE PLANETS
Chapter 10: HUBBLE'S STRANGE UNIVERSE
PHOTOGRAPHY CREDITS
RESOURCES
INDEX

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Preface

INTRODUCTION

In addition to being one of the greatest scientific instruments of all time, the Hubble Space Telescope has given humanity a spectacular legacy of beautiful images of the universe. The best of these are displayed--and explained--in this book.

As a teenager in the 1950s, I was captivated by the science fiction of the brilliant visionary Arthur C. Clarke. Browsing the local library, I stumbled upon Clarke's early nonfiction work The Exploration of Space, published in 1951. Half a century later, The New York Times described this classic text as "a seamless blend of scientific expertise and poetic imagination that helped usher in the space age."

It was in the pages of Clarke's book that I first encountered the concept of a telescope in orbit around our planet. This telescope would peer at the universe from well above the interference of the Earth's ever turbulent atmosphere, which relentlessly blurs the view in ground-based telescopes and makes stars twinkle. Ahead of his time, Clarke outlined the advantages of an orbiting telescope compared with a telescope that might, at some future point, be installed on the Moon's surface, as had been suggested decades earlier. "Even the Moon's extremely tenuous atmosphere might affect certain delicate observations," he wrote. "[Moreover,] an observatory in space would be able to survey the complete sphere of the sky."

The orbiting scope should even be able to detect planets of nearby stars, enthused Clarke, "something quite out of the question with Earth-based equipment." I couldn't wait! During breaks at my first summer job in the shipping department of a publishing house, I made endless pencil sketches on large sheets of brown paper. I imagined just what the photos from that great eye-in-the-sky would look like--images that would show surface details on the moons of Jupiter, views deep within the core of the globular cluster M13, and so on--until my boss saw what I was up to and cautioned me not to waste any more shipping paper.

Today, the orbiting telescope Clarke envisioned is known as the Hubble Space Telescope, and it has been in service since 1990. That telescope has captured stupendous full-color images that depict the subjects of my crude brown-paper sketches and hundreds more of objects I hadn't yet conjured. What a pleasure it has been to select more than 300 of Hubble's best cosmic portraits for this book. While many of these images have never before appeared in print outside scientific journals and research publications, some were released by the Space Telescope Science Institute as recently as spring 2012. All are accompanied by captions and text that will serve as navigational tools as you undertake this breathtaking journey.

Hubble's
Universe
is a celebration of the astonishing achievements of a remarkable discovery machine. Enjoy the excursion!

--Terence Dickinson


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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 28, 2014

    Phenomenal pictures

    An excellent book with spectacular pictures and good writing about what you are looking at, identifying the stars for me.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 21, 2013

    This book is outstanding.. It's my favorite astronomy book (out

    This book is outstanding.. It's my favorite astronomy book (out of a current 21) and I find it has the best combination of photos and text I've ever found in a Hubble book. One of the best currently being published, I'd recommend it to anyone and everyone. I also think it has the best cover (a photo of the Antennae Galaxies) of any Hubble book I've seen.

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