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From the fiery mass of the Sun's core to the black hole at the center of the Milky Way, Universe takes you on the ultimate guided tour of the cosmos. Full of stunning out-of-this world images reflecting recent advances in space imagery, you'll go on a journey from our solar system all the way to the farthest limits of space.

With information on the nature of the universe, the study of cosmology, Earth's motion, modern telescopes, astrophotography, and even a comprehensive star atlas, this groundbreaking encyclopedia takes a dazzling and expansive look at the Universe and is a must-have for both students and astronomy enthusiasts.

Includes a comprehensive star atlas that covers all the constellations and planetary charts showing their positions right up to 2019, with entries on each of the 88 constellations and notable celestial objects that lie within them, and a monthly sky guide showing the night sky as it appears throughout the year.

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Editorial Reviews

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In previous years, DK has dazzled our minds and eyes with definitive visual guides to animals and the earth. Universe: The Definite Visual Guide takes the next step, setting off from the heart of the solar system to the outer limits of our expanding universe. With breathtaking DK graphics, the editors take readers on a grand tour of our cosmos, explaining the forces and processes that underpin galaxies. The giant pictorial a comprehensive night-sky atlas that covers all constellations and shows the sky as it appears from all parts of the globe.
Children's Literature
It is not surprising that it takes a large format book of 512 pages to grapple with the concept of the universe. Profusely illustrated with photographs, illustrations, and diagrams, this volume is organized in three sections. The first is an introduction and overview of the basic concepts of astronomy. The second section looks at the solar system, the Milky Way, and space beyond. The last section is a guide to the night sky including star maps. Each spread is packed with information in the form of text and images about basic topics, such as matter, chemical elements, particle physics, and black holes. It is the most basic of premises that are the most startling. Is it possible that this unimaginably immense entity we call the universe is in fact governed by one set of basic laws? Stephen Hawkins is quoted as saying that the search for the ultimate laws of nature may be in sight. To add to our sense of wonder: photographs of star formations, jarring to any sense of scale that is meaningful. For those who ponder the night sky, monthly star charts include both northern and southern latitudes. Planet locator charts show where the planets can be found for the next seven years. This is a stunning resource for readers of all ages. 2005, DK Publishing, Ages 10 to Adult.
—Kristin Harris
This book's introduction promises the reader an unforgettable journey into the splendor and majesty of the cosmos. Through visually stunning photographs (largely from the Hubble Space Telescope) and digital illustrations, it delivers on that promise. Open the oversized volume at any point and the pictures virtually leap out from the page. An abundance of mostly white-on-black text reveals not only what and where, but also who, when, and why. The book covers every facet of the heavens in an awe-inspiring fashion, yet does not intimidate non-science types. An introduction explains what the universe is, theories about its beginning, basic astronomy principles, and space exploration from ancient times to the present. The second section serves as a guide to all objects contained in the universe. Here the reader enters familiar territory-planets, stars, asteroids, comets, meteors, and galaxies. The details included, however, will not be found in ordinary science textbooks. Common knowledge becomes captivating with information such as a 3-D view of the inside of a comet. The third and final section features the history and patterns of our constellations. Most impressive is a month-by-month atlas of the night sky as viewed from different areas of the world. Each map spans a double page. Universe is the ultimate coffee table book, yet it is more than just a collection of beautiful pictures. The comprehensive combination of illustrations and facts will both pique the interest of casual students and satisfy the curiosity of serious astronomy aficionados. 2005, DK, 512p.; Glossary. Index. Illus. Photos. Maps. Charts. Source Notes. Chronology. Appendix., $50 Oversize. Ages 11 to Adult.
Library Journal
Rees (cosmology & astrophysics, Cambridge Univ.) and an expert team of contributors (including Ian Ridpath, editor of Norton's Star Atlas) have created a visually stunning reference that makes browsing irresistible. Every page of this oversized volume is full color, with an eye-pleasing balance of text and graphics. Three main sections divide the text. The 100-plus page introductory section (arranged in four parts) covers the universe and astronomy as a whole, offering brief but effective explanations of such concepts as the Big Bang theory, the origins of the universe, naked-eye astronomy, and space science history from ancient astronomers to modern-day exploration. The second section, "Guide to the Universe," examines in detail our solar system, the Milky Way, and regions of space beyond; the celestial objects profiled include planets, comets, asteroids, meteors, and various stars. The final section, "The Night Sky," a guide to the constellations for amateur sky watchers, includes a monthly sky guide (with instructions) that is current through the year 2012. Page corners of the "Universe" section are color-coded, making it easy for readers to move from section to section. Bottom Line While the information here is not detailed or in-depth enough to satisfy scholars or serious amateurs, it is still a wonderful beginning reference for the average backyard astronomer. Highly recommended for medium and large-sized public libraries.-Denise Dayton, Jaffrey Grade Sch., NH Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780756698416
  • Publisher: DK
  • Publication date: 9/17/2012
  • Pages: 528
  • Sales rank: 91,569
  • Product dimensions: 10.20 (w) x 12.00 (h) x 1.50 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 16, 2012

    Beautiful book filled with brilliant photos and information

    Beautiful book filled with brilliant photos and information

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 9, 2013

    To the anonymous poster from June 17, what on earth does your po

    To the anonymous poster from June 17, what on earth does your post have to do with an actual review of this book? This book, the CONTENT of which should be the subject 
    of your review, is one of the most wonderful astronomy books on the market today. Not only does it cover chemistry and physics as well, it's possibly the most packed-with-information
    book short of an actual astronomy textbook. Infinitely detailed and well written, and beautiful beyond measure photographs.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 3, 2013

    Highly recommended for a comprehensive and unpretentious explanation of our universe.

    Extremely comprehensive and well written. Very easy to understand all explanations about numerous aspects of the universe. Up-to-date topics such as dark matter, dark energy, and string theory are included. Somewhat difficult to understand topics such as Einstein's general and specific relativity are discussed and presented in a format that is easily understood. Each page has numerous photographs and drawings to help the reader understand the subject matter. Very extensive glossary and index.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 27, 2012

    Very descriptive and interesting!

    Very descriptive and interesting!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 7, 2015

    best book

    best book

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 17, 2013

    I ordered this book from Barnes & Noble on May 22, 2013. I

    I ordered this book from Barnes & Noble on May 22, 2013. I received it damaged and returned it for another. I received the 2nd one damaged as well. I sent the 2nd one back for another one. I received the 3rd one damaged as well. I asked customer service each time to have the warehouse secure the book and wrap in bubble wrap to help protect it. Not once did they secure the book or wrap it in any kind of protection. Each time it came damaged. I just received the 4th one this morning and once again it was not wrapped or secured and was damaged. If you are a collector or like your books in mint condition, I suggest going somewhere else. They completely ignored my request time and time again.

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