Universe: Journey Into Deep Space

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It is hard to conceptualize both the scale and the mind-boggling diversity of the Universe, but this book changes that. Come along on a vivid experiential journey to explore some of the Universe's most intriguing places, and along the way understand the amazing history of the Cosmos. A series of rich, full-bleed spreads give stunning snapshots of distant galactic locations as the reader journeys further and further from Earth—from red cold Mars (3 light minutes away) to a massive Supernova (10,000 light years ...

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Overview

It is hard to conceptualize both the scale and the mind-boggling diversity of the Universe, but this book changes that. Come along on a vivid experiential journey to explore some of the Universe's most intriguing places, and along the way understand the amazing history of the Cosmos. A series of rich, full-bleed spreads give stunning snapshots of distant galactic locations as the reader journeys further and further from Earth—from red cold Mars (3 light minutes away) to a massive Supernova (10,000 light years away) and beyond. The eye-popping visuals take center stage here—the writing is concise and unobtrusive, allowing the reader a visceral sense of awe and wonder. A full reference section at the back of the book brings together the scientific information in a timeline for further exploration. This exciting new approach will capture the imagination of today’s visual thinkers like never before.

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Editorial Reviews

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Holly Newton's Book News

Brilliantly explores, through an illustrated voyage, the nearest galaxies beyond our Milky Way.

Kirkus Review

Along with the illustrations’ phantasmagoric colors, Goldsmith’s text keeps readers’ attention with just the right amount of information and a little frisson of spooky pleasure added in...A handsome, tightly constructed exploration of our solar system, galaxy and beyond.

Kirkus Reviews
A handsome, tightly constructed exploration of our solar system, galaxy and beyond. Here, poetically described, are many of the denizens of our galaxy, our friends the moons of fire, the asteroids of gold, star nurseries, supernovae, cosmic lighthouses, brown dwarfs--all rendered in near-photorealistic artwork by Garlick. Along with the illustrations' phantasmagoric colors, Goldsmith's text keeps readers' attention with just the right amount of information and a little frisson of spooky pleasure added in: "Out here at the cold edge of the solar system, strange, dark worlds of ice and rock drift slowly by on their centuries-long journey around the distant Sun--a star that is no more than a bright spark in the black sky." The author ventures ever deeper into the universe, but for the most part sticks to our galaxy, which is a strange enough space. Every now and then readers might wish for a colossal image from the Hubble or other deep-space probe, but small windows mostly do the trick, as with the photo of our galactic heart, with its breathtaking, uncountable populations of yellow, white, blue and red stars. Garlick is no slouch in the eye-pop department. Included are a very helpful glossary and a website resource guide. Should keep any young sky watcher enthralled, and the text, despite its fleetness, provides plenty of illumination of the deep-space dark. (Nonfiction. 8-14)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780753468760
  • Publisher: Kingfisher
  • Publication date: 9/18/2012
  • Pages: 48
  • Sales rank: 847,073
  • Age range: 8 - 13 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.60 (w) x 11.40 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Dr Mike Goldsmith studied the philosophy of time and space at Keele University, where he also obtained his PhD in astrophysics. He was formerly the head of Acoustics at the UK's National Physical Laboratory and is now an author of non-fiction books for children.

 

Mark A. Garlick is a freelance illustrator and author with a strong scientific background. He has a Bachelor's degree in astronomy from University College London (UCL) and a PhD. in astrophysics from the Mullard Space Science Laboratory. His digital illustrations cover a broad range of scientific subjects, from Earth's natural history to space technology.

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