Dickinson, an astronomer and author of 15 astronomy books, edits the magazine SkyNews. In this amazing book he details in text and images the Hubble Space Telescope's contributions to science. His precise text and picture captions brilliantly complement the nearly 300 full-color Hubble images that form the bulk of the work. The book's ten chapters showcase a selection of Hubble's most significant images with explanations of the discoveries they helped make. Especially fantastic are the images of solar wind stripping away large gas clouds harboring stellar nurseries, images of Hubble's deep field revealing galaxy clusters from halfway across the universe, and sublime images of vast, colorful nebulas. The work also unfolds Hubble's pictures of planets, close-ups of merging galaxies, and images of enormous, tightly-packed star clusters, some containing millions of stars. The author explains how all the photographed objects fit into scientists' understanding of cosmology, adding extra context to the pictures. Verdict: Even if you only look at the pictures, this is an amazing book. The accompanying text and photo captions make the work outstanding.
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