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The Invisible Universe
     

The Invisible Universe

by David Malin, Timothy Ferris, Timothy Ferris (Foreword by)
 
" The most beautiful collection of astronomical photographs ever published, in a magnificent oversize format. Human beings have always sought meaning in the mysterious dark of the night sky. Stargazers of antiquity recorded the procession of the constellations, naming them for gods and mythological creatures. Modern astronomers continue the search for meaning,

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" The most beautiful collection of astronomical photographs ever published, in a magnificent oversize format. Human beings have always sought meaning in the mysterious dark of the night sky. Stargazers of antiquity recorded the procession of the constellations, naming them for gods and mythological creatures. Modern astronomers continue the search for meaning, probing ever farther into time and space to map the universe and determine its nature and origins. Today's sophisticated telescopes peer far beyond the ancient constellations to a universe more beautiful than our forebears could have imagined. The Invisible Universe takes us into the hearts of these constellations with more than fifty stunning reproductions of David Malin's luminous photographs of distant stars, nebulae, and galaxies. Using some of the most powerful Earth-based telescopes, astronomer and photographer Malin has spent over twenty years painstakingly capturing the previously undetected colors and forms of gas, dust, and light in the farthest reaches of space. The unusual photographic process that Malin devised requires three different exposures, which may be taken years apart, in order to produce each picture. The Invisible Universe gloriously reproduces the results of his labors on an unprecedented scale. Enriched with the history of the constellations and early observational renderings, this one magnificent volume unites the timeless enchantment of space with the excitement of new astronomical discoveries. Arranged by constellation like an antique star atlas, The Invisible Universe showcases such spectacular sights as the Great Orion Nebula, the Rosette Nebula, and the Jewel Box Cluster. The informativeandentertaining text combines the science, poetry, and lore behind these glorious objects. It outlines the story of their discovery and observation along with vivid description of the life cycles of stars, setting them in the context of their distance, age, and environment. Lavishly designed and printed by Callaway Editions, with figures from classical celestial charts and apt quotations from Shakespeare, Dante, Donne, and Tennyson, The Invisible Universe is a delight, to be pored over by lovers of astronomy, literature, philosophy, and photography alike. "

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Booknews
Amateur astronomers in the northern hemisphere (as well as all those who love a good coffee table book) will appreciate these glamorous, large format photos taken from the Anglo-Australian Observatory. Malin, a scientist at the Observatory, used three separate exposures to capture such spectacular sights as the Great Orion Nebula, the globular cluster 47 Tucanae, and the Hand of God cometary globule. Each photo is accompanied by a brief description of its subject's history, lore, and physical characteristics<-->and sometimes a quotation or poem. 13.50x16.25<">. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Leif J. Robinson
David Malin, it is fair to say, invented spectacular astronomical imaging-the kind that catches the eye of even the most disinterested modern passerby. Great art prevails and Malin's portraits - in words as well as in pictures should inspire generations. For his many fans this work is a must-get.
&151#; Scientific American
Christian Science Monitor
The photo of the Helix Nebula in the Constellation Aquarius is one of 51 striking cosmic scenes that astronomer-photographer David Malin presents in an informative tour of the universe.
Almost as big as a coffee table itself, this handsome volume is arranged by constellation. Malin links anchient lore with modern knowledge to give readers an impressionistic perspective on a universe that, until recently, was beyond the vision of earth-bound humans.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780821226285
Publisher:
Little, Brown and Company
Publication date:
10/28/1999
Edition description:
1 ED
Pages:
128
Product dimensions:
13.84(w) x 16.47(h) x 0.94(d)
Age Range:
13 Years

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