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There's more to the Universe than meets the eye. In a marvelous review of multi-wavelength astronomy, The New Astronomy compares traditional optical images to infrared, ultraviolet, radio, and X-ray astronomical observations of a staggering variety of cosmic objects. With over 300 photographs and images obtained by telescopes and detectors operating at different wavelengths, the authors present startlingly different views of the solar system, stars, galaxies and, in this new edition, Halley's Comet and Supernova 1987A. Specially processed by astronomers worldwide, these images reveal in spectacular detail otherwise invisible events such as starbirth, stardeath, and distant quasar eruptions. Emphasizing the physical processes that produce astronomical radiation, they explain how the observations have expanded our existing knowledge and provided new discoveries. They also describe the new techniques in nontechnical language. By giving equal weight to observations at all wavelengths, this book corrects the bias toward optical astronomy and objectively presents all views of the Universe. It will appeal to everyone interested in the mysteries of astronomy. Nigel Henbest and Michael Marten previously collaborated (along with Heather Couper) on The Guide to the Galaxy (CUP, 1994).

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**** A compendium of large, brilliantly colored photographs of celestial objects and of the Hubble Space Telescope, orbiting X- ray detectors, and ground-based telescopes through which they came. The accompanying text is accessible to general readers. Illustrates the Solar System, the birth and death of stars, the Milky Way, normal galaxies, and active galaxies. Also explains optical, infrared, radio, ultraviolet, X-ray, and gamma-ray astronomy. Includes nearly 200 new pictures that have become available since the 1983 edition, which is cited in BCL3. Paper edition (40871-7), $29.95. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521408714
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 8/28/1996
  • Edition description: Revised
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 242
  • Product dimensions: 8.46 (w) x 10.87 (h) x 0.71 (d)

Table of Contents

1. The new astronomy; 2. Solar system; 3. Optical astronomy; 4. Starbirth; 5. Infrared astronomy; 6. Stardeath; 7. Radio astronomy; 8. Milky Way system; 9. Ultraviolet astronomy; 10. Normal galaxies; 11. X-ray and gamma-ray astronomy; 12. Active galaxies and beyond; Picture credits; Index.

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