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The Cosmic Tourist: The 100 Most Awe-inspiring Destinations in the Universe [Hardcover]

Chris Lintott , Brian May , Sir Patrick Moore
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11 Oct 2012
Take your seats for the greatest tour ever - one that encompasses no less than the whole of the Universe. En route, we stop off to gaze at 100 amazing sights - from asteroids to zodiacal dust and from orbit around the Earth to beyond the most distant galaxies. We start right here on Earth, with your tour guides: the three intrepid cosmic voyagers Patrick Moore, Brian May and Chris Lintott. They explain the sights - what they are, and how they fit into the astronomical zoo of familiar and curious objects and phenomena - and convey their own personal enthusiasm for each marvel you encounter. The images present the extraordinary beauty of the Universe as seen through the eyes of the biggest and best telescopes on Earth and in space, and occasionally in the backyards of expert amateur observers.

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  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Carlton Books Ltd (11 Oct 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1847326196
  • ISBN-13: 978-1847326195
  • Product Dimensions: 28.2 x 23.6 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 105,576 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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A coffee-table tome of the top 100 sights in the universe, with sumptuous photographs of distant stars and exploding supernovae --Telegraph

Brian (May) stresses that the new book is accessible to budding astronomy beginners, describing it as "a tourist guide book to the skies" that will leave you "well into astronomy --The Huffington Post


In the book, the reader is taken around the "100 most awe-inspiring destinatinos in the universe" in an imaginary spaceship powered by the "speed of thought" and named after Sir Patrick's cat Ptolemy. The cover illustration by Brian features the trio cosied up in the rocket... --Daily Express

The Cosmic Tourist ... is a wonderful tour of the cosmos from Earth to the edge of the universe with three of the world's best-known astronomers. --All About Space

The photography is really magical...an ideal gift for anybody with an interest in astronomy --Good Book Guide

If anyone wants to get away this Christmas, here is the book with which to do it. ... The 'voyage' beyond the stars is an unexpectedly rewarding way to grasp the concept of Space --Daily Mail. Best Illustrated book in Daily Mail

If anyone wants to get away this Christmas, here is the book with which to do it. ... The 'voyage' beyond the stars is an unexpectedly rewarding way to grasp the concept of Space --Daily Mail

A book to delight the scientifically curious --New Scientist

...this beautifully produced, well-illustrated book takes a thematic journey through the cosmos... an ideal holiday package for armchair astronomers of all levels of experience --BBC The Sky At Night magazine

A book to delight the scientifically curious --New Scientist

About the Author

Brian May, although best known to the world as the lead guitarist of supergroup Queen, recently completed the PhD in astrophysics which he abandoned when Queen first started to find fame. Sir Patrick Moore is the world's best-loved astronomer, author of more than 100 books, and presenter of the world's longest running TV programme, BBC's "The Sky at Night". Chris Lintott is best-known as the co-presenter, with Patrick, of "The Sky at Night". He took his first degree in Physics at Cambridge, then his PhD in Astrophysics at University College London, and is now doing further research at Oxford.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
By Hanny
You'll want a copy of this too. You will! The guys invite you on their spaceship called Ptolemy. We travel at the speed of thought, as they say, and we'll start close to home, eventually visiting the end of the observable universe. In between you'll meet "the 100 most awe-inspiring destinations". And probably the best thing is, it truly is an astronomy book for everybody. You can treat it as a pretty picture book, but there's much more to it than that, as our tour guides explain these sights in understandable terms.

I genuinly can't think of anything for improvement; I love the format, where you'll eventually end up millions of light-years away, and it reminded me of just how big our neighbourhood is. And reading about all the beautiful sights you'll encounter before reaching that distance at the end of the book, made me feel quite humble too. Thanks Brian, Patrick and Chris, for this treasure!
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5.0 out of 5 stars "Cosmic Tourist" is Out Of This World 1 Dec 2012
By Mika G.
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You will love this book! It is almost as good, if not better, as "Bang, The History of the Universe" also written by Sir Moore, Mr. Lintott, and Dr. May.

Where "Bang" gave us an extrodinary therory of the history of how things came to being in our universe, "The Cosmic Tourist" is just pure fun, providing a fantastic virtual tour of our universe. Filled with interesting facts and wonderful stunning pictures, you will find "Cosmic" quite entertaining; you will not put it down.

Astronomy, in my opinion, is a fascinating subject. It is also deeply involved in Physics and Maths making the subject a dry read at times. This book is quite the contrary. Anything you ever wanted to know about the heart of the Sun, or Olympus Mons on Mars, or orbit patterns of comets, is brilliantly presented "tour guide" style with a bit of humorous cheek. Enjoyable!!!
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By B. M. Clegg TOP 500 REVIEWER
If I am honest, this book combines two of my least favourite approaches to writing a popular science book - celebrity authors and list books that have (in this case) 100 short entries around a particular theme. But in part because of the rather clever format (and also because, as scientific celebrity authors go, the late Sir Patrick Moore had a lot going for him), this particular example bucks the trend and works rather well.

The conceit is simple - our three voyagers, a rock musician (who admittedly has a doctorate in astrophysics, though this doesn't necessarily make him a good science writer), a TV astronomer and an academic voyage through the universe, visiting the 100 must-see sights.

Just over half the topics are in the solar system, with the rest given over to the usual stunning Hubble images and the like. In reality, the `tourist' model wears a little thin sometimes, and it does just become a collection of 100 interesting astronomical articles - so, for instance, the last entry is on the cosmic microwave background, not exactly something our intrepid explorers can visit on the spaceship pictured on the book's cover. But some of the other entries, particularly those based in the solar system, really do give the sense of a visit guide, and so get the extra novelty of the format.

It is without doubt a good, well illustrated guide. There are better end-to-end reading books to get a real introduction to astronomy or the universe (including some of Patrick Moore's own), but the novelty of the approach could bring in some additional readers, which is great, and I think this would make an ideal gift for a teenager who is showing the first signs of an interest in astronomy, or for an older reader who enjoys a little armchair exploring, but has tired of earthbound destinations. A bit of fun.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Patrick Moore's Final Farewell 3 Jan 2013
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Even compared to the Trio's "Bang" book of a few years ago this is light reading. Not chock full of scientific jargon it is easy for just about anyone to read and enjoy. If you are looking for an introduction to astronomy or just want to learn a little more about our universe I highly recommend this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome!! 29 Nov 2013
Even if you don't like Astronomy you can't find "bad" this lecture.

Really a book to read with pleasure, to read again later in time and to suggest to everybody.

Never a Science has been presented so easy and enjoiable to discover.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating book! 15 Jan 2013
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I ordered this book for my son, and myself. It has beautiful photographs, and is extremely well written and informative. It's one of those books that I imagine will always stay in my son's library. He's soon to be ten years old. It was well worth the purchase from the U.S..
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4.0 out of 5 stars Cosmic Tourist 17 Feb 2014
By PhilM
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Cannot comment properly as it was bought as a present for my son. The book itself looks very good and informative and my son was very happy with it
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5.0 out of 5 stars EXCELLENT PICTURES. 20 Jan 2014
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5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect Christmas present
This was a Christmas present for my son-in-law as he is a keen astrologer, and he was really pleased, especially as it
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I purchased this book as a present for my spouse because the title sounded like something he'd like, rather expecting a pocket with text and possibly a few pictures (based on a... Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Superb and informative
Brilliant for the beginner and very useful for the slightly more knowledgeable. Gives huge amount of info for star gazing and general astronomy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great all round!
This was bought as a gift for someone who has taken up astronomy as a hobby. The book is impressive in size, very sturdy and colourful. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read.
A great tribute to Patrick Moore and his influence on this book stands out supremely well. The quality of the art work and content is superb.
Published 16 months ago by Ray Howard
5.0 out of 5 stars a birthday present for a friend
my friend is an 'astronomy geek'. I read some of it, but a bit above my level. It covers 100 space destinations and has some fantastic photography and facts. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Amanda
4.0 out of 5 stars I don't know
I bought this item as a gift for someone and I have not had any feedback yet. Delivery was effecient and the book lookled very interesting however I can't comment any further.
Published 17 months ago by Joan Heron
5.0 out of 5 stars The cosmic tourist
The cosmic tourist. A superb book, well bound and great photos and a very readable script. I fully recommend it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Gift for a stargazer
I hope the recipient found it fascinating. All rather beyond me, but author and contributors all extremely knowledgeable about the heavens.
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