The first three editions of NightWatch sold more than 600,000 copies, making it the top-selling stargazing guide in the world for the last 20 years. The key feature of this classic title is the section of star charts that are cherished by backyard astronomers everywhere. Each new edition has outsold the previous one because of thorough revisions and additional new material.
I purchased this book for my above average 7 year old grandson as a Christmas present. He loved the pictures, but for now his parents will have to read the text to him until he gets older. Dad also found it an interesting book. This is almost what I would call a "Coffe Table" book since there are so many pictures and the color is so vibrant. The text goes into pretty good detail and would satisfy an adult reader. It is everything you would expect a National Geographic product to be!
Gr 4-6–An eye-catching, if not exemplary, alternative for older single-volume compendia on the extraterrestrial universe such as David A. Aguilar's Planets, Stars, and Galaxies (National Geographic, 2007). Space is a substantial outing that wedges hundreds of digestible blocks of text in at least three different type sizes and levels of detail on or around a huge array of space photos and art. Presented largely in the customary single-topic spreads, coverage is very broad, ranging from the practice of astronomy and the history of our ventures into space to the components of the solar system and of the cosmos at large.
From the fiery mass of the Sun's core to the black hole at the center of the Milky Way, Universe takes you on the ultimate guided tour of the cosmos. Full of stunning out-of-this world images reflecting recent advances in space imagery, you'll go on a journey from our solar system all the way to the farthest limits of space.
With information on the nature of the universe, the study of cosmology, Earth's motion, modern telescopes, astrophotography, and even a comprehensive star atlas, this groundbreaking encyclopedia takes a dazzling and expansive look at the Universe and is a must-have for both students and astronomy enthusiasts.
The Hubble Space Telescope has been photographing planets, stars, galaxies, and nebulae since 1990. This accessible, visual science reference for students and general readers gathers about 300 recent images from the Hubble telescope, many full-page size. The book uncovers the telescope's technical workings, revealing how the images are created and interpreted, and explains how the images support scientists' theories and predictions, even as some images have taken scientists by surprise. The book's color photos, images, and illustrations will appeal to readers of all ages.
“Book of the Month. . . . Galaxy: Mapping the Cosmos is a beautifully illustrated exploration of the Universe beyond the Milky Way and the mysteries and wonders of extragalactic astronomy. Geach is ideally placed to be our guide on this journey—a researcher in the fast-changing field of galaxy evolution, he displays both breadth and depth of knowledge, happily matched by a talent for engaging, nontechnical prose and an eye for a simile. His work with some of the biggest and most advanced of modern telescopes also provides the vicarious pleasure of some armchair astronomical tourism.”
"David Eicher has more than three decades' experience of writing about astronomy for a general readership. His experience and enthusiasm shine through in this wide-ranging survey of current 'hot topics'."
Martin Rees, Emeritus Professor of Cosmology and Astrophysics, University of Cambridge
''An excellent introduction to the subject, both comprehensive and up-to-date. The authors convey a clear and enthusiastic pedagogic presentation of an exciting field. As a textbook, it will be of great benefit to students, providing a valuable starting point to learn about the subject. Its presentation and style will hold the reader's attention, at the level appropriate for an introductory course. It is my preferred text of this type, as it stands out for its continued excellence over time.''
Dr. Roger Kadala, Hawaii Pacific University
Journalist, filmmaker and photographer Benson follows his book Beyond: Visions of the Interplanetary Probes with an even more stellar array of astronomical photographs that offer glorious views of space, moving successively from close to home to the outermost regions of the universe, moving simultaneously farther from Earth and farther back in time. Benson's emphasis on the correlation between geological time and astronomical distance sets this book far apart from others. Light rays, he says, move like ripples in a pond...
"Eric Chaisson." Eric holds a doctorate in astrophysics from Harvard University, where he spent ten years on the Faculty of Arts and Sciences. For five years, Eric was a Senior Scientist and Director of Educational Programs at the Space Telescope Science Institute and Adjunct Professor of Physics at Johns Hopkins University. He then joined Tufts University, where he is now Professor of Physics, Professor of Education, and Director of the Wright Center for Innovative Science Education.
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