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The Universe in one big book.,
This review is from: Universe (Astronomy) (Hardcover)
I purchased this book recently and was so impressed I just had to write this review. It is a huge and heavy book that is absolutely crammed to the rafters with in-depth detail, astonishing facts, informative diagrams and beautiful photographs (many from Hubble Space Telescope). There are detailed sections on galaxies, stars and planets, as well as the Big Bang and a series of sky maps. I was particularly impressed with the galaxy section, as up till now I only really knew about Andromeda and a few others. "Universe" has broadened my mental map of the cosmos by several hundred million light years! It is also very up to date, with pictures taken by the Spirit/Opportunity probes on Mars and also Cassini-Huygens.
Dorling Kindersley are brilliant at producing these complete reference guides, I also have their Dinosaur reference book which is similarly broad in depth. Pretty much everything you need to know about the Universe, without going into specialised areas, is here in this book. If you only ever buy one book on space, this should be it.