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Cosmic Menagerie [Hardcover]

Mark A. Garlick
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  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Red Lemon Press (7 Nov 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1783420049
  • ISBN-13: 978-1783420049
  • Product Dimensions: 30.8 x 23.2 x 2.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,423,159 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars How our universe really looks 26 Dec 2013
Way back in around 1950, when I began to take an interest in astronomy and space, we thought we knew the universe pretty well. In our own Solar System there was the Sun and nine planets, plus asteroids and comets, and 30 moons, varying in size from a few miles across to that of a small planet like Mercury. There were gaseous nebulae within our own Milky Way galaxy, and billions of other galaxies outside that plus globular clusters etc. Colour photography was just starting to come in, from big observatories like the 200-inch on Mt. Palomar, but these required very long exposures.

Today, how that has all changed! We've learned about brown dwarfs, quasars, pulsars, neutron stars, black holes, jetting galaxies, and even dark matter and dark energy (both of which are pretty impossible to illustrate, despite most of the universe being filled with them). Yet, as the Foreword points out, we cannot actually see or photograph most of these close-up, even the surface of a massive supergiant star. This means that we have to depend upon `artists' impressions' - and here we can find ourselves in a minefield. With the proliferation of so-called `public domain' and copyright-free images on the web, anyone can google `black hole' or `binary stars' and be confronted with a mind-boggling array of images, from wildly imaginative to just plain inaccurate. Among these may be a few produced by members of the International Association of Astronomical Artists (IAAA), of which both Dr. Garlick and myself are Fellows (but beware: these images usually are NOT public domain, but are the copyright of the respective artist, who should receive a payment or royalty and credit for their use), which may be trusted to be astronomically correct, as well as artistically beautiful.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Space Art at it's Finest! 23 April 2014
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If you don't have this book in your library of space art, you are seriously lacking. From the moment I opened the package to the moment I closed the back cover I was completely amazed! Mark has truly outdone himself. His artwork is usually incredible, but he really stepped it up with this book, absolutely breathtaking. The glossy, full page printing is great and there is a really cool "scan the page" app that comes with the book which lets you see Mark's amazing animations of other-worldly scenes. The writing is clear and concise and delightful to read. All-in-all, a fantastic "must-have" addition to every space art library. Get your copy today!

Jon Ramer
President, International Association of Astronomical Artists
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