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Space is a bit big innit?
on 15 March 2011
I used to love reading about space missions and the planets in the solar system when I was a child but haven't bought a book on space in over 20 years and then I came across this book. So much has changed over that time with the Hubble telescope images and the international space station that I thought I'd give this book a try.
My verdict is that this is an amazing book. It starts off with the inner planets of the solar system and then the outer planets and then the kuiper belt and onwards and outwards. The photography is really amazing, there is such a large amount of breathtaking pictures such as the dunes of Mars and the volcanic activity on other moons and some vast nebula that are light years across. Everything is so unimaginably big that it is not possible to really comprehend in a photograph.
There are also many other things in the book that I haven't fully read yet such as descriptions of a neutrino experiment in Japan that looks like something straight out of a science fiction movie and photos taken using ultraviolet and other types of light frequency. There are also theoretical images and text on topics such as how the Earth was formed.
The galaxy has billions of stars and the images are really quite humbling. My advice if you decide to get this book, is to read it when you have peace and quiet in order to reflect and contemplate what you are looking at just to do it justice.
This is a good purchase for those with imagination and an interest in the unknown.