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Hubble: Window on the Universe Hardcover – 30 Sep 2010

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  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Quercus (30 Sept. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 184916486X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849164863
  • Product Dimensions: 30.6 x 2.6 x 36.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 326,615 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Hubble Space Telescope is a technological wonder of our age that has fascinated millions with its beautiful and awe-inspiring images of the Universe. It has revolutionized the science of astronomy, revealing hitherto unknown secrets of planets, stars and galaxies that have given us a perspective of the Universe we could never previously have imagined.
As well as capturing stunning close-up pictures of the planets in our own solar system, Hubble has looked deep into the Milky Way and beyond, taking pictures of rare, massive stars one hundred times bigger and a million times brighter than our own Sun, and star-forming nebulae that extend across dozens of light years. It has allowed scientists to witness some of the most destructive forces in existence as galaxies collide, and to observe the huge amount of energy released when stars reach the end of their lives. Hubble's Deep Field images are among the most scientifically important images ever taken, showing the most distant and most ancient galaxies in the visible Universe.
With over 400 glorious, full-colour images, this stunning volume showcases the Hubble Space Telescope's most spectacular - and most recent - discoveries such as Pluto in unprecedented detail, the beautiful Butterfly Nebula, Omega Centauri, Stephan's Quintet and the mysteries of dark matter. Giles Sparrow's expert text describes Hubble's fascinating story and how it has become one of the most successful scientific projects of all time; charting its origins and troubled launch in 1990, the emergency repair of its defective mirror, the impact of four subsequent servicing missions and, finally, what the future holds for one of the most amazing scientific instruments ever created.
From our nearest interplanetary neighbours to the very edge of the Universe and the dawn of time, the Hubble Space Telescope's observations have helped us to answer questions about the age of the Universe, how planets form, and the nature of the supermassive black holes that swell at the centre of galaxies. The pages of this book celebrate Hubble's astonishing contribution to science over the last 20 years, and the spectacular views of the cosmos that have transformed the way we see the Universe and our place within it.

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The very latest and most dramatic images of the Universe taken by the Hubble Telescope.

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To anyone with a passing or intense interest in astronomy this is a fantastic look into the universe by means of images that most of us will never have the oportunity to observe in real life. Superb quality photographs which bring distant objects to your lap in a book of beautiful quality.
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This book is absolutely fabulous. The picutres are very clear as is the information about the objects.

Only one little problem I found was that I thought it was a bit big...in terms of a coffee table book, this could be the coffee table, especially if you are a bit on the small side.

However, I would recommend this book to anyone with an interest in the stars. Just wish I could have been in the driving seat of the Hubble!
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This is a great book to share your passion for Astronomy with your kids, your wife, family and friends. You don't have to be an astronomer to be fascinated by the stunning visuals, and also the great insights provided about the Universe around us. This book also continues to boost my own fascination of the Deep Space surrounding us. Thanks.
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Absolutely fantastic photos which open one's mind to worlds beyond. Beautifully presented and wonderful value at the Amazon price.
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Great book... definitely not for carrying around though! Brilliant photos, would highly recommend for anyone who wants to learn about the universe or just wants to spend hours looking into the incredible detail of the photos. P.s. this edition was £40 in my local shop so great price too :)
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I purchased this item recently for my husband who has been fascinated by the Dr Brian Cox Series "Wonders of the Universe" and "Wonders of the Solar System" (which I also purchased), and during my search noted excellent reviews for this book. And, it really doesn't dissapoint; the insights and photograps are mindboggling, and make you truly appreciate the beauty of the universe! The only minor niggle is where to store such a book - unless you have a super sized coffee table - its far too large to fit neatly on any conventional bookshelf!
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The book is very large and impressive, makes a great present or conversation piece.
Before I opened the book, I imagined it would be mostly images with little accompanying text. I was surprised to discover the author has included detailed explanations of every image shown, as well as background information.

The book not only contains stunning images of our cosmos, but also pages discussing and illustrating the history of the Hubble Space Telescope and the various missions undertook to maintain it. Very illuminating indeed, and attractive to anyone with an interest in science.

To summarize, I am very pleased with this purchase!
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Amazon emailed me to suggest I trade this book in. Well they're not getting it back. Stunning pictures. Previous reviews aren't exaggerating - this is a big book. But it needs to be to do the pictures justice. At £8 it's a bargain.
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