Synopses & Reviews
With a fleet of telescopes in space and giant observatories on the ground, professional astronomers produce hundreds of spectacular images of space every year. These colorful pictures have become infused into popular culture and can found everywhere, from advertising to television shows to memes. But they also invite questions: Is this what outer space really looks like? Are the colors real? And how do these images get from the stars to our screens?
Coloring the Universe uses accessible language to describe how these giant telescopes work, what scientists learn with them, and how they are used to make color images. It talks about how otherwise un-seeable rays, such as radio waves, infrared light, X-rays, and gamma rays, are turned into recognizable colors. And it is filled with fantastic images taken in far-away pockets of the universe. Informative and beautiful, Coloring the Universe will give space fans of all levels an insiderandrsquo;s look at how scientists bring deep space into brilliant focus.
This poster-sized paperback on the discoveries made by the Hubble Space Telescope since its launch in 1990 is prepared to accompany a major Smithsonian Institution exhibition that will travel across the United States for several years. 110 illustrations, with 64 in full color.
Since its launch in 1990, the Hubble space telescope has provided astronomers with both information about the universe and extraordinary images. This book contains over 100 colour inages from the Hubble.
About the Author
Travis A. Rector is professor of physics and astronomy at the University of Alaska Anchorage. He has created over two hundred images with the giant telescopes at Gemini Observatory, Kitt Peak National Observatory, the National Radio Astronomy Observatory, and others.Kimberly Kowal Arcand directs visualization efforts for NASAandrsquo;s Chandra X-ray Observatory, at the Chandra X-ray Center (CXC) located in Cambridge, Massachusetts.Megan Watzke is the public affairs officer for the Chandra X-ray Observatory.