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Cosmos

von Giles Sparrow

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The biggest and best ever reproduction of the Space Age's most remarkable images The magnificent vault of stars emblazoning Earth's 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. Cosmos 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. Out here 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 13.4 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. A landmark in popular science publishing, Cosmos is a majestic, giant format, account of the ultimate journey - a 13.7-billion-light-year- (or 130-billion-trillion kilometre-) voyage from our home planet to the edge of the universe and the beginning of time. Illustrated with 450 images of staggering beauty.… (mehr)
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This very large, over-sized coffee-table book takes reader on a tour of planets, moons, asteroids, stars, nebulae, white dwarfs, black holes, and other assorted inhabitants of the universe. The informative text, coupled with spectacular illustrations and photographs, begins with our home world, then moves through the solar system and on into interstellar space. Finally, readers consider galaxy clusters, filaments and voids, and dark matters in a section on deep space and time. A glossary follows the text.

Readers with an interest in space science and space exploration will find much to appreciate here.

Highly recommended. ( )
  jfe16 | Aug 19, 2019 |
Fabulous tour of the universe for $6.50 postpaid! ( )
  paulsikora | Mar 7, 2012 |
If you have always wanted a chance to stare unblinkingly at the south pole of the moon, or take a look at where we are in relation to the universe at large, or spend some time contemplating the dark matter that surrounds us, this book is a good place to start. The book is huge, so you are going to need a table or a very large lap- and a fairly large chunk of time, because just looking at the pictures might take hours, never mind reading the thing. ( )
  beccareads | Jul 19, 2009 |
The most beautiful astronomy book I've seen. The pictures are large and clear, and the supporting information intriguing. I especially appreciated the pictures of Earth, as they were quite different from the usual shots of our planet. ( )
  aproustian | Jun 21, 2007 |
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The biggest and best ever reproduction of the Space Age's most remarkable images The magnificent vault of stars emblazoning Earth's 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. Cosmos 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. Out here 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 13.4 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. A landmark in popular science publishing, Cosmos is a majestic, giant format, account of the ultimate journey - a 13.7-billion-light-year- (or 130-billion-trillion kilometre-) voyage from our home planet to the edge of the universe and the beginning of time. Illustrated with 450 images of staggering beauty.

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