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Publisher Comments:

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.

About the Author

Ken Croswell is the author of the internationally successful The Alchemy of the Heovens, which was nominated for a Los Angeles Times Book Prize, and Planet Quest, which was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year and a New Scientist bestseller. He earned his Ph.D in astronomy from Harvard University and lives in Berkeley, California.

Table of Contents

Contents

Introduction

1 The Planets

2 The Stars

3 The Galaxies

4 The Universe

Table 1 The Sun's Planets

Table 2 Moons

Table 3 The Brightest Stars

Table 4 The Nearest Stars

Table 5 Local Group Galaxies

Glossary

Further Reading

Illustration credits

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780684845944
Author:
Croswell, Ken
Author:
Croswell
Publisher:
Simon & Schuster
Location:
New York :
Subject:
Astronomy
Subject:
Cosmology
Subject:
Astronomy - Universe
Subject:
Cosmogony
Subject:
Astronomy - General
Copyright:
Publication Date:
October 1999
Binding:
Hardcover
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
224
Dimensions:
14.06x10.78x.85 in. 4.55 lbs.

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Science and Mathematics » Astronomy » Oversized Books

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