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A dramatic photographic tour of the universe.

The observable universe contains some hundred billion galaxies — each one made up of as many stars. Of the vast billions of stars, only a scant 5,000 are actually visible from Earth with the naked eye.

Over the last twenty years, space probes and space-based telescopes have released us from the confines of Earth and catapulted us into the open reaches of space to capture worlds beyond our own.

Cosmos showcases magnificent celestial objects of unparalleled beauty, gathering the most dramatic images of the night sky - from close planets and our sun to the most remote galaxies. It features the latest images from space from sources including Hubble, NASA and the European Space Agency.

The light of some stars and galaxies take several billion years to reach to us. In fact some of the blazing stars featured in Cosmos are already dead. This remarkable voyage shows frozen and fiery worlds of stars and galaxies as they are created and as they are dying.

Cosmos is organized into the following chapters:

  • Solar System
  • Scattered Nebulae and Stellar Births
  • Star Clusters
  • Planetary Nebulas
  • Decline and Death of Giant Star
  • Galaxies as Far as the Eye Can See.

Cosmos, an inspiring, rare and unobstructed view into the far reaches of space, is for anyone who has ever gazed into the night sky and wondered what was actually out there.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781552979327
Publisher: Firefly Books, Limited
Publication date: 11/06/2004
Pages: 176
Product dimensions: 11.00(w) x 11.75(h) x (d)

About the Author

Sylvia Arditi is a science journalist.

Marc Lachieze-Rey is an astrophysicist and professor of astronomy.

Table of Contents

Space-Time in Expansion and Development

  • The First Epoch
  • Infinite Space: The Second Epoch
  • A Relativistic Cosmos: The Third Epoch
  • A Gas of Galaxies
The Cosmos Nearby: Our Solar System
  • Olympus Mons on Mars
  • The Sun
  • Cloud Cover and Surface of Venus
  • Hidden Side of the Moon
  • Mercury
  • Mars Before and During a Dust Storm
  • Mars
  • Jupitor and Io
  • Io Seen in False Color
  • Polar Aurora on Jupiter
  • The Rings of Jupiter
  • Icecap covering Europa: Close Up View of the Minos Lenea Region
  • Saturn and its Rings
  • Crescent
  • Uranus: Northern Winds
  • Neptune
  • Pluto and its Satellite, Charon
  • Comet Hale-Bopp
  • Leonid Meteor Shower
  • Asteroid 951, Gaspra
  • Asteroid 243, Ida, and its Satellite, Dactyl
  • The Earth-crossing Asteroid Eros
Diffuse Nebulas and Star Birth
  • Constellation of Orion
  • Orion Nebula, Messier 42
  • Detail of the Horsehead Nebula, Barnard 33
  • Witch Head Nebula, IC 2118
  • Constellation of Scorpius and Pipe Nebula
  • Constellation of Scorpious, Region of Antares and Rho Ophiuchi
  • Dark cloud Barnard 68 in the Central Region of the Milky Way
  • Dark cloud Barnard 86 in the Central Region of the Milky Way
  • Lagoon Nebula
  • Lagoon Nebula, Messier 8 / NGC 6523
  • Lagoon Nebula, Messier 8 / NGC 6523
  • Nebula IC 4678
  • Great Nebula in Carina, NGC 3372
  • Keyhole Nebula in Carina
  • Cat's Paw Nebula , NGC 6334
  • Cocoon Nebula, SH 2-125
  • Nebular NGC 3603, Open Cluster and Star Sher 25
  • North America Nebula, IC 7000, and Pelican Nebula, IC 5067/70
  • Eagle Nebula, Messier 16 Overall View and Detail View
  • Little Tarantula, or Iris, Nebula, NGC 7023
  • Detail of Cone Nebula, NGC 2226
  • Ghost Head Nebula, NBC 2080
  • Elephant's Trunk Nebula, IC 1396
Star Clusters
  • Globular Cluster Messier
  • The Pleiades Cluster, Messier 45
  • Open Stellar Clusters Messier 35 and NGC 2158
Planetary Nebulas: The End of Medium-Sized Stars
  • Eskimo Planetary Nebula, NGC 2392
  • Spirograph Planetary Nebula, IC 418
  • Planetary Nebula Abell 39
  • Planetary Nebula Messier 57 in the Constellation Lyra
  • Dumbbell Planetary Nebula, Messier 27 / NGC 6853
  • Helix Planetary Nebula, NGC 7293
  • Red Spider Planetary Nebula, NGC 6537
  • Retina Planetary Nebula, IC4406
  • Gomez' Hamburger Proto-Planetary Nebula
  • Henize 3-401 Planetary Nebula
  • "Ant" Menzel 3 Bipolar Planetary Nebula
The Decline and Death of Giant
  • Crescent Nebula, NGC 6888
  • Remnants of Supernova 1987A
  • Bubble Nebula, NGC 7635
  • Crab Nebula, Messier 1, in the Constellation Taurus
  • Lacework Nebula in Cygnus: Details
  • Remnants of the Veil Supernova
Galaxies As Far As the Eye Can See
  • Dust Filaments in Galaxy NGC 891, Seen Edge-on
  • Spiral Galaxy NGC 4414
  • Tadpole Galaxy, UGC 10214
  • Spiral Galaxy NGC 300
  • Galaxies Messier 81 and Messier 82
  • Jet from Elliptical Galaxy Messier 87 / NGC 4486
  • Sombrero Galaxy, Messier 104
  • Needle Galaxy, NGC 4565
  • Colliding Galaxies NGC 4676
  • Galaxy NGC 4319 and Quasar
    Markarian 205
  • Hoag's Object: A Ring Galaxy
  • Seyfert's Sextet Galaxy Cluster
  • Gravitation Lenses in Abell 1689 Galactic Cluster

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