Hubble's Universe: Greatest Discoveries and Latest Images

Hubble's Universe: Greatest Discoveries and Latest Images

by Terence Dickinson

Hardcover(Second Edition, Expanded and Updated to 2017)

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Praise for the first edition:
"Superbly well produced. Any engagement with this 'cosmic portfolio,' from picture gazing to deep reading, is grandly rewarded."

[starred review] "The book's precise descriptions and captions brilliantly complement the 300 full-color Hubble images . . . this is an amazing book . . . outstanding."
--Library Journal

"A treasure map to the majesty of our universe."
--Publishers Weekly

"A reminder that the finest telescope in space might also be the greatest camera ever created."
--Wall Street Journal

The first edition of Hubble's Universe displayed 300 pages of high-resolution celestial portraits selected by bestselling astronomy writer Terence Dickinson from the initial 22 years of the Hubble Space Telescope's exploration of distant galaxies. With the telescope now at the apex of its imaging capabilities, this second edition adds another chapter with more than 36 completely new images, including the first publication of a four-page fold-out of the Andromeda Galaxy, the nearest spiral galaxy to Earth, revealing more than one million individual stars.

Thanks to Dickinson's expertise with Hubble's history and discoveries and his access to top Hubble scientists for insight and accuracy, the text includes facts and tidbits not found in any other book. Combined with 330 brilliant images, the clear, succinct and illuminating narrative brings to life the fascinating forces at work in the universe.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781770859975
Publisher: Firefly Books, Limited
Publication date: 10/01/2017
Edition description: Second Edition, Expanded and Updated to 2017
Pages: 332
Sales rank: 133,653
Product dimensions: 10.10(w) x 10.10(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Terence Dickinson is the author of 15 astronomy books, including the international bestseller NightWatch and The Backyard Astronomer's Guide.

Table of Contents


    Chapter 1: HUBBLE'S UNIVERSE
    Chapter 5: STARRY TAPESTRY
    Chapter 6: BLAZE OF GLORY
    Chapter 8: EMPIRES OF STARS



    In addition to being one of the greatest scientific instruments of all time, the Hubble Space Telescope has given humanity a spectacular legacy of beautiful images of the universe. The best of these are displayed--and explained--in this book.

    As a teenager in the 1950s, I was captivated by the science fiction of the brilliant visionary Arthur C. Clarke. Browsing the local library, I stumbled upon Clarke's early nonfiction work The Exploration of Space, published in 1951. Half a century later, The New York Times described this classic text as "a seamless blend of scientific expertise and poetic imagination that helped usher in the space age."

    It was in the pages of Clarke's book that I first encountered the concept of a telescope in orbit around our planet. This telescope would peer at the universe from well above the interference of the Earth's ever turbulent atmosphere, which relentlessly blurs the view in ground-based telescopes and makes stars twinkle. Ahead of his time, Clarke outlined the advantages of an orbiting telescope compared with a telescope that might, at some future point, be installed on the Moon's surface, as had been suggested decades earlier. "Even the Moon's extremely tenuous atmosphere might affect certain delicate observations," he wrote. "[Moreover,] an observatory in space would be able to survey the complete sphere of the sky."

    The orbiting scope should even be able to detect planets of nearby stars, enthused Clarke, "something quite out of the question with Earth-based equipment." I couldn't wait! During breaks at my first summer job in the shipping department of a publishing house, I made endless pencil sketches on large sheets of brown paper. I imagined just what the photos from that great eye-in-the-sky would look like--images that would show surface details on the moons of Jupiter, views deep within the core of the globular cluster M13, and so on--until my boss saw what I was up to and cautioned me not to waste any more shipping paper.

    Today, the orbiting telescope Clarke envisioned is known as the Hubble Space Telescope, and it has been in service since 1990. That telescope has captured stupendous full-color images that depict the subjects of my crude brown-paper sketches and hundreds more of objects I hadn't yet conjured. What a pleasure it has been to select more than 300 of Hubble's best cosmic portraits for this book. While many of these images have never before appeared in print outside scientific journals and research publications, some were released by the Space Telescope Science Institute as recently as spring 2012. All are accompanied by captions and text that will serve as navigational tools as you undertake this breathtaking journey.

    is a celebration of the astonishing achievements of a remarkable discovery machine. Enjoy the excursion!

    --Terence Dickinson

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Hubble's Universe: Greatest Discoveries and Latest Images 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
An excellent book with spectacular pictures and good writing about what you are looking at, identifying the stars for me.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is outstanding.. It's my favorite astronomy book (out of a current 21) and I find it has the best combination of photos and text I've ever found in a Hubble book. One of the best currently being published, I'd recommend it to anyone and everyone. I also think it has the best cover (a photo of the Antennae Galaxies) of any Hubble book I've seen.
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