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Space, Stars, and the Beginning of Time: What the Hubble Telescope Saw

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Have you ever wished you could travel back in time?  Or visit a galaxy light-years away?  Or see a star being born? The Hubble telescope has allowed scientists to do just that. The Hubble’s dazzling images have transformed astronomy, shedding light on the deepest mysteries of the cosmos, sparking new discoveries and turning speculation into fact. Its gaze has helped astronomers find new galaxies, look back in time almost to the Big Bang, and verify the existence of dark energy, the mysterious force...

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Overview

Have you ever wished you could travel back in time?  Or visit a galaxy light-years away?  Or see a star being born? The Hubble telescope has allowed scientists to do just that. The Hubble’s dazzling images have transformed astronomy, shedding light on the deepest mysteries of the cosmos, sparking new discoveries and turning speculation into fact. Its gaze has helped astronomers find new galaxies, look back in time almost to the Big Bang, and verify the existence of dark energy, the mysterious force that is causing the expansion of the universe to accelerate. Through the eye of the Hubble, Elaine Scott skillfully guides readers along the evolution of our universe, investigating a question that was once unanswerable: “Where did we come from?”

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"Gasp-worthy photographs should fire up the most sluggish imaginations....For [science fiction fans] this title should be essential reading."—The Bulletin

"The book is filled with the amazingly clear, color-enhanced images of planets, stars, and nebulae...but Scott also explains the less showy but significant science made possible by the Hubble’s instruments."—The Horn Book

"Scott’s tribute will leave readers with both stars in their eyes and a real appreciation for one of the most significant technological wonders of the past century."—School Library Journal

Children's Literature - Julia Beiker
Do not let the picture book format trick you into thinking this is a lower level book. Actually it is quite the opposite. This book contains facts about the Hubble Telescope starting at the beginning with Hans Lippershey and his spyglass and progressing up to Galileo with his more sophisticated spyglass that confirmed Copernicus theory about the sun being at the center of the solar system. Telescopes continued to mature and grow with popularity clear up to the 1990s when the first Hubble telescope traveled into orbit; where it captures up close and personal updates of what our solar systems looks like and how it is constantly changing. I found the format of the book with its long paragraphs and technical information too complicated for the targeted readers. This book belongs in a museum gift store or library, middle or high school library, or for a budding scientist in the field of space. In the back, the glossary and index do help ease some of the complexity. The best feature of the book is the contents page which makes using the book for a research paper much easier. I also appreciated the colorful photographs taken by the Hubble Telescope. Reviewer: Julia Beiker
School Library Journal
Gr 5–8—Having played a leading role in helping us to shape our current understanding of the universe, the Hubble Space Telescope has far exceeded its original mission parameters and is currently running strictly on borrowed time. As a fitting memento, Scott offers an array of the instrument's breathtaking deep-space photos, paired with a description of the telescope's components, an account of space shuttle Atlantis's final scheduled repair/maintenance mission in mid-2009, and overviews of the history of astronomy, the Big Bang, black holes, dark matter and dark energy, stellar life cycles, and planetary formation. Though the author's fact-checking could have been better—Kepler correctly described planetary orbits as elliptical before, not after, Galileo published a claim that they were circular—her prose is, as always, clear, cogent, and imbued with a sense of wonder proper to the awesome scale and beauty of the phenomena she describes. Closing with a probably optimistic hope that the Hubble will continue to function for another decade and a reference to its most prominent successor, the James Webb Space Telescope, scheduled for launch in 2014, Scott's tribute tribute will leave readers with both stars in their eyes and a real appreciation for one of the most significant technological wonders of the past century.—John Peters, formerly at New York Public Library
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780547241890
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 1/24/2011
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Pages: 72
  • Sales rank: 311,270
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • Lexile: 1180L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 10.20 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Elaine Scott, a veteran nonfiction writer, is often praised for making complicated scientific concepts accessible for young readers. She is the author of several popular, well-received books on space, including Mars and the Search for Life, and When Is a Planet Not a Planet? The Story of Pluto. She lives in Houston, Texas.

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