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Shrouds of the Night: Masks of the Milky Way and Our Awesome New View of Galaxies: Masks of the Milky Way and the Awesome New View of Galaxies [Hardcover]

David L. Block , Kenneth C. Freeman

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6 Jan 2009 038778974X 978-0387789743 2008

The Milky Way has captivated the mind of multitudes ever since the beginning of time. Particularly striking are its apparent dusty gaping voids. With the advent of near-infrared technology, astronomers have discovered an awesome new view of its structure, and of the structure of other galaxies around us. Galaxies are encased within Shrouds of the Night: shrouds or veils of cosmic dust, which have given us a totally incomplete picture of what our majestic Universe actually looks like. In this book, we feature some of the remarkable early photographic work of masters such as Isaac Roberts and Edward Barnard, before presenting to the reader the unmasked (dust penetrated) view of our cosmos, using some of the world’s largest ground and space-based telescopes.

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"The authors research dark subjects … and in this book, they present images and data to help readers understand what’s going on within galaxies. … Shrouds of the Night takes you on a whirlwind tour of astronomy photograph history right up to present-day digital imaging. … Present-day astronomical and cultural images make Shrouds of the Night a fascinating read." (Michael Bakich, Astronomy, March, 2009)

"This is a beautiful large format book … written by two astronomers who have each spent a life time studying ‘dark matter’. … This is a ‘must-have’ book for those interested in the history of astronomy, and an ideal gift for any young aspiring astronomer." (Colin Montgomery, Journal of Astronomical History and Heritage, Vol.12 (1), 2009)

"Block … and Freeman (Australian National Univ.) have produced a coffee-table-style book with glorious photographs. Many photos are in color and for the most part cover the Milky Way and other galaxies. … This is a work for those with an eye for details in celestial views. It is … appreciating the gain in imaging today over early photography and drawings of the same objects. Summing Up: Recommended. All levels of undergraduate students, practitioners, and general readers." (A. R. Upgren, Choice, Vol. 46 (10), June, 2009)

"This book, subtitled Masks of the Milky Way and Our Awesome New View of Galaxies, is essentially a chronology of astronomical photography from 1826 to the present day. … The strength of the book is in the consistency of recalling famous astronomers and their observations, which in turn showcases compelling visual evidence. … this book is excellent … ." (Ian McClurg-Welland, Astronomy Now, September, 2009)

“Shrouds of the night is a very entertaining and appealing coffee-table book about the astronomical quest to penetrate the obscuring veils of cosmic dust in an effort to unmask the true structure of galaxies. The book is aimed at a non-specialist audience … . Readers … will find a bounty of interesting material here. … Overall the book is a terrific read. The collection of historically interesting and important photographs, drawings and illustrations is well worth the price of the volume … .” (Charles J. Lada, Journal for the History of Astronomy, May, 2010)

“First-time visitors to any science-based book about space should be able to pick it up and immediately find themselves introduced to …  the sky and beyond. That is what … Australia’s most eminent astronomers has been able to achieve with his new book … . use simple, well written and jargon-free language throughout … . If you have ever lost yourself in a cathedral of stars or been lucky enough to view any of the planets … through a telescope you will enjoy this book.” (Lloyd Gorman, Post, August, 2010)


... This is a `must-have' book for those interested in the history of astronomy, and an ideal gift for any young aspiring astronomer.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Astounding - a must buy! 24 Dec 2008
By Peter J. Levitt - Published on Amazon.com
This recently published book is truly extraordinary! For anyone even vaguely interested in the universe and how it functions, anyone with a coffee table yearning for an exceptional book that you cannot put down, anyone who enjoys images never seen before, that will give you a whole new perspective on things - well, you simply HAVE to buy Shrouds of the Night! And at this price.... you should buy a dozen. All your friends and family deserve to own this exceptional work.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Shrouds of the Night - Masks of the Milky Way and Our Awesome View of Galaxies 16 April 2010
By J. S. McMicken - Published on Amazon.com
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A beautifully prsented book containing amazing illustrations and photographs obtained using the latest digital technology. The text is written for lay persons in clear, easily understood language and provides a fascinating history of the scientific quest over time to discover the astronomical truth of the origins of and connection between galaxies.
A wonderful book at a bargain price.
5.0 out of 5 stars A very interest set of drawings of the dark nebulas in the universe as seen from our planet 1 Jan 2014
By rhodoguru - Published on Amazon.com
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As an amateur astronomer this book was an eye opener because one usually only looks for the bright and colorful object thru a telescope but those dark areas a just as beautiful if you open your mind to the possibilities
4.0 out of 5 stars A visual feast of images past and present 26 Jan 2010
By Michael R. Nofi - Published on Amazon.com
Wonderful book, beautifully written and illustrated. The text is informative, poetic and lyrical. It really sparked my interest in studying galaxies further. I hope to see more books in the future by these authors. My only nit was the chapter dealing with their religous arguments and statements. I felt this was a biased and unnecesary departure from their story that failed to add anything of substance to an otherwise flawless performance. I believe books about science should remain neutral in regard to religious questions, sort of a "don't ask, don't tell" policy. Amateur astronomers will love this book! Buy it!
5.0 out of 5 stars great book, great service! 5 Jun 2009
By Anand Vaidya - Published on Amazon.com
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The book is a must if you want to know something about our outer space. It has awesome pictures, clear text and keeps the reader interesting. But the figures don't have the captions right below them, they are at the end of all the chapters which is irritating.
The service was great! The first book was a bit torn, so I got it replaced and the everything was very fast. I got the second book in ten days of ordering the first one.
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