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The Universe Through the Eyes of Hubble

Designed with large images and distraction-free layouts to increase the impact of Hubble's imagery, this book gives the reader a guided tour of the cosmos through the eyes of the Hubble Space Telescope. Before Hubble was launched in 1990, no exoplanet had ever been observed, dark energy was unknown, the age of the universe was a mystery, and the most distant objects observed were just halfway back in time to the Big Bang. Hubble has been the centerpiece in a revolution in astronomy, as well as giving the public a visceral connection to the Universe through its stunning images. The images that have been selected here explore key themes in recent astronomy, including planetary science, cosmology and stellar evolution, explaining Hubble's contributions to our understanding of the universe. Hubble's unique images - some never published before - are presented together with a mix of cutting-edge science that highlights the key discoveries of the past few years and how they fit into Hubble's growing list of scientific achievements. It is an unforgettable view of our amazing universe.
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Table of Contents

Origins: History of the Hubble Space Telescope.- Spaceship Hubble.- How Hubble Sees.- Planetary Systems.- Stars and Nebulae.- Galaxies.- Black Holes.- The Dark Cosmos.- Cosmic Archaeology.- Optical Illusions.- Hubble's Future.- Appendices.

About the Author

Lars Lindberg Christensen is an award-winning science communication specialist heading the European Southern Observatory Education and Public Outreach Department for ESO's part of ALMA, E-ELT and ESA's part of the Hubble Space Telescope. He obtained his Master's Degree in physics and astronomy from the University of Copenhagen, Denmark, and has more than 100 publications to his credit, most of them in popular science communication and its theory. Lars is Press Officer for the International Astronomical Union (IAU) and the Executive producer and director of three astronomy documentaries. Oli Usher is a London-based science writer, who specializes in astronomy and space science. He has worked in public outreach for a range of scientific organizations including ESA, ESO and University College London, where he currently manages the communications and public outreach activities of the Faculty of Mathematical and Physical Sciences. He studied history of science and science communication at UCL and the University of Cambridge, and has also worked as a magazine journalist.


From the book reviews: "This coffee-table book consists mostly of color pictures taken with the Earth-orbiting Hubble Space Telescope, the most useful and productive of all telescopes. ... readers will enjoy the sensational photos and their descriptions. The photos show images of many distant objects that cannot be seen in such splendid detail from the ground. The work will be a delight to many amateur and professional astronomers. ... Summing Up: Recommended. All library collections." (A. R. Upgren, Choice, Vol. 52 (2), October, 2014)

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