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Voyager: 101 Wonders Between Earth and the Edge of the Cosmos [Hardcover]

Stuart Clark
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1 Oct 2010
This is a fantastic voyage across 276 billion trillion miles of space and 13.5 billion years of time, told through more than 300 of the most dramatic astronomical images ever captured. You are about to embark on a journey that will take you to the edge of the Universe and the beginning of time. You will cross 46.5 billion light years of space, exploring 101 celestial wonders ranging from comets to quasars. You will encounter grandeur on an astonishing scale, beauty in the most unexpected places, and the most shocking natural violence. You start here, on Earth, nestled in the Orion Spur of the Milky Way Galaxy, near the centre of the Local Group of galaxies, gravitationally bound to the Virgo Supercluster, but the entire Universe is now yours to explore. You will see sand dunes snaking across the northern plains of Mars, driven by the winds of spring. You will soar above alien cloudscapes of fluorescing gases, and burrow into the secret nests of new stars hidden within. You will watch hypergiant stars tear themselves to pieces and witness the insatiable appetite of supermassive black holes. You will see galaxies collide and superclusters gather like motes of dust on a cosmic web that stretches from one side of the Universe to the other. Your journey is organized into four zones, each representing a distinct cosmic dominion: interplanetary, interstellar, intergalactic and, finally, intertemporal. Each celestial realm is home to its own unique inhabitants, its own cycles of life and death, and each has its own origins, its own ultimate fate. As you move from zone to zone, so the pace of your journey increases. Your first interplanetary steps are measured in mere light seconds, your final strides in the intertemporal zone are measured in giga-light years. Voyager's grand tour of space offers and unrivalled portrait of our cosmic habitat. Quite simply, there is no better way to see the Universe. It is suitable for anyone looking for a popular introduction to the workings of the universe that combines amazing state-of-the-art photography with a concise and accessible text. This is a perfect family reference purchase as well as a the perfect Christmas gift.


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  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Callisto; First Edition edition (1 Oct 2010)
  • ISBN-10: 0857400215
  • ISBN-13: 978-0857400215
  • Product Dimensions: 31.2 x 25.8 x 2.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 934,062 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"In Clark's capable hands, the wonders of the night sky become delightfully familiar." --"Scientific American" --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

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Dr Stuart Clark is the author of the critically acclaimed The Sun Kings. A former editor of Astronomy Now, he is Senior Editor for Space Science for the European Space Agency's website and writes for New Scientist, The Guardian, The Times and The Independent. He lectures and broadcasts widely. His previous books include The Big Questions: The Universe, Deep Space and Galaxy. Stuart is a visiting Fellow of the University of Hertfordshire, a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society and a former vice-chair of the Association of British Sceince Writers. You can follow him on Twitter @DrStuClark and visit his website at www.stuartclark.com.

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5.0 out of 5 stars "Voyager" review 29 Jan 2013
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Fantastic pictures of the solar system and beyond, bought as a gift for a budding amateur astronomer. Easy to digest text too.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 17 Mar 2013
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Arived before the due date and was in perfect condition. Bought this for my husband as he has own telescope etc and takes photos of the stars, galaxies and nebulas. Husband is very pleased with the book
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5.0 out of 5 stars Visually stunning... impressive images with interesting and concise text... 11 Oct 2013
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As with Far Out: A Space-Time Chronicle, this is another beautiful astronomy book that showcases amazing photographs of deep space. I have not read every word nor examined every page (which I plan to do this coming winter), but flipped the book open randomly and read a little here and there and was impressed with the quality of the images and the writing (which is brief and doesn't get in the way of the images). Again, this is in the same league as Far Out by Michael Benson.
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