This is one of the most beautiful books you will ever open. Rapid advances in space photography in recent years have resulted in the ability to photograph very distant objects in space very clearly. The photographs in this book are overwhelming in their total impact: every page shows thousands of stars like our own. You wind up feeling very small and very humble indeed. Buy it, and see if you can actually look through all the pages in one session. I couldn't.
This is one of the most amaziing books I have ever seen in my life. People who find it on my coffee table are mesmerized. The idea that so much is hidden in the skies above us that we think are kind of empty, with some stars and planets, but full of "space" is completely fallacious! There's no "space" up there at all! You have to see these pictures to believe them. The quality and production of this book makes it the best (bargain) gift for that special someone -- I got it for myself for my birthday this year and it was the best present ever!