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With a foreword by the author of Galileo's Daughter, this is an awe-inspiring, majestic account of the ultimate journey—a 13.7 billion-light-year voyage from our home planet to the edge of the universe and the beginning of time
 
The magnificent vault of stars emblazoning Earths night skies are but an infinitesimal fraction of the hundreds of billions that inhabit our galaxy—and there are at least as many galaxies in the universe as there are stars in the Milky Way. This collection of images of staggering beauty makes sense of this dizzying celestial panorama by exploring it one step at a time, illustrating the planets, moons, stars, nebulae, white dwarfs, black holes, and other exotica that populate the heavens, with some of science's most spectacular photographs. The book opens with an orbital survey of planet Earth, before venturing into the solar system heading for interstellar space and the heart of our galaxy. As the journey unfolds, the rhythms of stellar life emerge: we pass through dark clouds of dust and gas ablaze with newly smelted stars and we witness dying stars bloom and fade as planetary nebulae, or tear themselves apart as supernovae. Having crossed the Milky Way, we enter intergalactic space, where we watch the hidden lives of galaxies: we see them flock and cluster, forming massive conglomerations that span millions of light years, visibly warping space with their tremendous gravity. After covering an almost unimaginable 13.7 billion light years, we approach the edge of space and the dawn of time where our voyage must end, but not before we consider how the universe was born, and how it might die.

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This user-friendly companion to the cosmos is packed with a universe of facts. Embarking on a 13.7 billion light year journey, it will steer you safety through the myriads of exotic celestial objects, from active galactic nuclei to gamma-ray bursters that lie between our home planet and the very edge of space and time. Published in a special large format edition, fully up-to-date with the latest discoveries and gloriously illustrated with 500 images.

About the Author

Giles Sparrow is the author of Atlas of the Constellations, The Traveler's Guide to the Solar System, and The Planets, as well as the children's books Cosmic! and Spaceflight. Dava Sobel is the author of the international bestsellers Galileo's DaughterLongitude, and The Planets.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781847241252
Author:
Sparrow, Giles
Publisher:
Quercus Books
Author:
Sobel, Dava
Subject:
Astrophysics & Space Science
Subject:
Astronomy - General
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Publication Date:
20110531
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Pages:
224
Dimensions:
17 x 14 in 7.39 lb

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"Synopsis" by , This user-friendly companion to the cosmos is packed with a universe of facts. Embarking on a 13.7 billion light year journey, it will steer you safety through the myriads of exotic celestial objects, from active galactic nuclei to gamma-ray bursters that lie between our home planet and the very edge of space and time. Published in a special large format edition, fully up-to-date with the latest discoveries and gloriously illustrated with 500 images.
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