Deep Space is the sequel to Goodwin''s Hubble''s Universe. The HST is now providing astronomers with amazing images of the universe way beyond our solar system. The book is highly illustrated with text that explains & describes the photographs.'
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The Hubble Space Telescope was launched in April 1990 and was one of the most expensive single science projects ever and cost over a billion US dollars. It was also an enormous disappointment, at least initially, as the images were blurred because of an error in the manufacture of a crucial mirror. Fortunately, as Goodwin and Gribbin tell us, the problem was solved in December 1993, by the crew of the Space Shuttle Endeavour when they installed "new optics which compensated for the flaws in the mirror."
The new sharp images are stunning and Deep Space gives a selection of nearly 60 of them. They range from the brightest star, the so-called Pistol Star, discovered in the early 1990s, which is 100 times more massive than the Sun, to the most distant galaxy, 13 billion light years away and the spectrum of light from a black hole, the active galaxy M84. Each image is accompanied by a short text description on the facing page with cross-references to the glossary to explain the more technical terms used. Some of the images might be confusing to the uninitiated, they look like psychedelic or op art images thanks to the false colour and magnification used.
Simon Goodwin is an academic astronomer at the University of Sussex an John Gribbin is a well known science writer and author of several books on astronomy. Together they have collaborated on previous collections of Hubble images such as Hubble's Universe to which this volume is a sequel. The text might be hard work for a novice but the pictures are inspirational. --Douglas PalmerAbout the Author:
John Gribbin is the author of nearly 100 popular science books, including the best-selling IN SEARCH OF SCHRODINGER'S CAT. He has received awards for his writing both in the United States and in Britain. The holder of a PhD in astrophysics from the University of Cambridge, he still maintains links with research as a Visiting Fellow in Astronomy at the University of Sussex, and was a member of a team there that measured the age of the Universe. While still a student, he received the prestigious Annual Award of the Gravity Research Foundation in the United States, the only student, and the first Englishman working in England, ever to receive this award.
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Book Description Constable, 1999. Hardcover. Book Condition: Brand New. In Stock. Bookseller Inventory # zk009479670X
Book Description Constable, 1999. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # P11009479670X
Book Description Constable, 1999. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX009479670X