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Magnificent universe

Author: Ken Croswell
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, ©1999.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Travel on a breathtaking tour of the universe through some of the latest astronomical views via a variety of technologically advanced telescopes. 107 photos, 103 full-color. The awesome wonder of the cosmos has inspired the human imagination for millennia: what we learn about the cosmos tells us not just where we are, but who we are and now, at the turn of this millennium, thanks to science and technology that were  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Science fiction
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Ken Croswell
ISBN: 0684845946 9780684845944
OCLC Number: 41299221
Description: 210 pages : color illustrations ; 36 cm
Contents: Introduction --
Planets --
Stars --
Galaxies --
Universe: Sun's planets --
Moons --
Brightest stars --
Nearest stars --
Local group galaxies --
Glossary --
Further reading --
Illustration credits --
Index.
Responsibility: Ken Croswell.
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Travel on a breathtaking tour of the universe through some of the latest astronomical views via a variety of technologically advanced telescopes. 107 photos, 103 full-color. The awesome wonder of the cosmos has inspired the human imagination for millennia: what we learn about the cosmos tells us not just where we are, but who we are and now, at the turn of this millennium, thanks to science and technology that were unimaginable only a century ago, a rich new portrait of our universe has emerged. Magnificent Universe is the most complete, authoritative, and lavish celebration of the heavens ever created. No other book approaches its range of photographs, produced with uncompromising quality on a majestic scale. With more than one hundred full-color portraits, Magnificent Universe allows you to experience for yourself the beauty of the planets, moons, comets, constellations, stellar nurseries, red giants, WP, spiral galaxies, and quasars-all the way to the edge of space and time. Harvard-trained astronomer Ken Croswell stunned readers around the world with his previous book, Planet Quest, which Sir John Maddox called "a thrilling account of the discovery of planets in the solar system and elsewhere that stands out for its human interest and its accuracy." Now, after years of meticulous research, Dr. Croswell has brought together outstanding photographs from leading observatories around the world as well as from an armada of interplanetary spacecraft. Images from the Hubble Space Telescope have been digitally reprocessed to create a degree of definition never seen before. With these superb photographs, he guides us through lucidly organized chapters on the planets, the stars, the galaxies, and the universe. Unique color-coded tables on the planets, moons, brightest stars, nearest stars, and Local Group galaxies appear in a useful reference section, along with a glossary and suggestions for further reading. Magnificent Universe catapults you through the vistas of space that future generations will explore. It is a landmark in the scientific visualization of the cosmos-one that will surely inspire artists, philosophers, and adventures of the next century.

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