Magnificent Universe by Ken Croswell

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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 Ken Croswell

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Ken Croswell is the author of several highly acclaimed books, including "Magnificent Universe" and "See the Stars: Your First Guide to the Night Sky". He earned his Ph.D. in astronomy from Harvard University and lives in Berkeley, California.
Published October 12, 1999 by Simon & Schuster. 224 pages
Genres: Science & Math. Non-fiction

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Croswell's summaries of astronomical and cosmological knowledge make clear if very compact introductions to these subjects, fit to accompany the magnificent images, and divide into four segments: ""The Planets,"" ""The Stars,"" ""The Galaxies"" and ""The Universe."" Potent photographs alternate w...

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