Galaxy Hardcover – 5 Feb 2009
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Thanks to the sheer size of this coffee table book, you get to see the Hubble images in amazing detail' BBC Focus magazine.
With Stuart Clark's lucid text and nearly 500 cutting-edge images, "Galazy" investigates every aspect of the Milky Way - from its place in the Universe to its large-scale anatomy, from its history to its future. We approach the Milky Way from the very edge of the Universe, threading our way through massive conglomerations of galaxies gathered like grains of dust on a veil of cobwebs. Out here we can survey the thriving diversity of galaxy types and galactic life.Homing in on our destination, we skirt fleets of satellite galaxies, orbiting our Galaxy like the Moon orbits the Earth, before plunging through the Milky Way's spiral arms on a course that will ultimately lead us to its dark heart - a gravitational maelstrom of white dwarfs, neutron stars and hypergiants, all in the thrall of a supermassive black hole.As we tour the Galaxy, the rhythms of stellar life unfold before our eyes: we pass through dark clouds of dust and gas incubating clusters of embryonic stars, we discover spectacular emission nebulae blazing in the fierce radiation of stellar newborns, we watch dying stars bloom and fade as planetary nebulae, or tear themselves apart as supernovae and we survey the planets and moons of our Solar System. See all Product description
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He also gives an overall size of the image in light years so you can get a relative understanding of the size of the object. Most books do nothing to expand your comprehension of the size, activity, and composition of the space images they show and the result is nice text and nice image yet little connection to the two.
Of course the size of the book and quality of the photos and diagrams is excellent. I missed this when it was originally published but found it later on on discount. I am very glad I got it. I would highly recommend it.
I'd seen several books on the topic, but this one stood out. I decide too expensive for my niece at this age, but I'll be keeping an eye on it.