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Chandra's cosmos : dark matter, black holes, and other wonders revealed by NASA's premier X-ray observatory

Author: Wallace H Tucker
Publisher: Washington, DC : Smithsonian Books, [2017] ©2017
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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On July 23, 1999, the Chandra X-Ray Observatory, the most powerful X-ray telescope ever built, was launched aboard the space shuttle Columbia. Since then, Chandra has given us a view of the universe that is largely hidden from telescopes sensitive only to visible light. In Chandra's Cosmos, the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory's Chandra science spokesperson Wallace H. Tucker uses a series of short, connected  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
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Tucker, Wallace H.
Chandra's cosmos.
Washington, DC : Smithsonian Books, [2017]
(DLC) 2016016560
(OCoLC)946142031
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Wallace H Tucker
ISBN: 9781588345882 1588345882
OCLC Number: 980301626
Description: 1 online resource (266 pages) : color illustrations.
Contents: Cool stories from the hot universe --
The big. Galaxy clusters ; The evidence for dark matter ; Cold dark matter ; Dark matter going bananas ; The wonderful--
and fearful--
dark side ; What is dark energy? ; The cosmic web --
The bad. Taking pleasure in the dimness of stars ; Cygnus X-1, microquasars, and the galactic jet set ; Downtown Milky Way ; The secret in the middle ; Ducks unlimited ; The origin and growth of supermassive black holes ; Green black holes ; Black hole feedback --
The beautiful. Going not gentle into that good night ; Core collapse ; The Crab and other pulsar wind nebulas ; A thin cosmic rain : particles from outer space ; Elemental change ; Cosmic renewal.
Responsibility: Wallace H. Tucker.

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On July 23, 1999, the Chandra X-Ray Observatory, the most powerful X-ray telescope ever built, was launched aboard the space shuttle Columbia. Since then, Chandra has given us a view of the universe that is largely hidden from telescopes sensitive only to visible light. In Chandra's Cosmos, the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory's Chandra science spokesperson Wallace H. Tucker uses a series of short, connected stories to describe the telescope's exploration of the hot, high-energy face of the universe. The book is organized in three parts: "The Big," covering the cosmic web, dark energy, dark matter, and massive clusters of galaxies; "The Bad," exploring neutron stars, stellar black holes, and supermassive black holes; and "The Beautiful," discussing stars, exoplanets, and life.

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Whenever astronomers have looked at the universe with new eyes, they have made fundamentally new discoveries. This book masterfully describes the discoveries of one such set of eyes, the Chandra Read more...

 
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