As a boy growing up in the 50s and 60s, I could not have imagined a book as informative, beautiful, and lavish as this atlas of the universe. Then, any books on space pretty much stopped with some fuzzy photos of the planets, a discussion of the phases of the moon, and some galaxy photos from the Hale telescope at Mt. Palomar.
Now comes this incredibly illustrated book with actual photos of the great moons surrounding the gas giants, Hubble photos of galaxies out to 13 billion light years away, an intelligent and lively text written to the educated layman, and easy-to-follow star charts prepared by the brilliant Will Tirion.
Anyone from 8 to 80 will be captivated by the text and illustrations. Try this: Pick up this book and put it on your lap during one of your favorite TV programs. Pretty soon you'll have no idea what the program is about, and you won't care. Get it!