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Deep space : beyond the solar system to the edge of the universe and the beginning of time
Schilling, Govert, author.
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Publication Information:
New York : Black Dog and Leventhal Publishers, [2014]

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224 pages : color illustrations ; 26 cm
"Govert Schilling explores the mysteries of space that lie beyond our solar system on this mind-bending trip to nebulae, galaxies, black holes, and the edge of the observable universe"--Publisher's website.
General Note:
Includes index.
Solar system -- History of astronomy -- Birth of stars -- Telescopes -- Stars and planets -- Death of stars -- Milky Way galaxy -- Space telescopes -- Local group -- Galaxies -- Windows on the cosmos -- Clusters -- Universe -- Star atlas.
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QB44.3 .S363 2014 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf
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Govert Schilling explores the mysteries of space that lie beyond our solar system on this mind-bending trip to nebulae, galaxies, black holes, and the edge of the observable universe.

Join Govert Schilling on a journey across the universe that will ignite the imagination. The trip begins inside our own solar system with a brief tour of the sun, the planets and their moons, asteroids, comets, and dwarf planets. We then accelerate into deep space, traveling from our interstellar neighborhood, through our own galaxy, the Milky Way, to the far reaches of the cosmos.

With Schilling as our guide, we explore the birth of stars and stellar nurseries, such as the Orion and Carina Nebulae; the death of stars, from red giants to catastrophic supernova explosions; and galaxies and galaxy clusters beyond our own including spiral galaxies, elliptical galaxies, and lenticular galaxies. We learn about supermassive black holes, which astronomers now believe exist at the center of every galaxy including our own, and exoplanets, billions of which are believed to be orbiting stars in the Milky Way and beyond. The book concludes at the edge of the cosmological horizon with a look at dark matter, dark energy, and theories of extraterrestrial life and the Multiverse.

Including hundreds of photographs and custom illustrations, as well as a star atlas that shows the full celestial sky, Deep Space is the perfect book for astronomy buffs, students, and anyone fascinated with the mystery and beauty of the cosmos.

Author Notes

Govert Schilling is an internationally acclaimed astronomy journalist and writer. He is a regular contributor to New Scientist, Sky & Telescope , and Sky at Night . In 2007, asteroid 10986 was named Govert in his honor by the International Astronomical Union. He lives in Amersfoort, the Netherlands.

Reviews 2

Publisher's Weekly Review

Astrophysics has always lent itself to beautiful books and astronomy journalist Schilling gives readers a pop science coffee table book on the subject that is both gorgeous and accessible. He starts small, with our sun and solar system, and expands outward, both further away and ever deeper into space and time. The chapter "Birth of Stars" offers panoramic photos of colorful gas-swathed nebulae where stars coalesce, including the Orion, the Eagle, the Rosette, and Tarantula nebulae. Short vignettes show how stars evolve and die, and consider the search for exoplanets. From the Milky Way and its companions in the Local Group, Schilling expands to explore the diversity of galaxies, and then the galaxy clusters spread throughout space. The journey concludes with a look at what has shaped our universe: relativity, space-time, and the Big Bang. With its casual and expansive structure, the book rewards both regular readers and those who prefer to dip in at random. Illustrated with some 400 vivid photos and diagrams and a custom-drawn star atlas by noted astrocartographer Wil Tirion, Schilling's book offers a mesmerizing look at our universe from close to home to deep, dark space. (Nov.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Library Journal Review

Schilling (Flash! The Hunt for the Biggest Explosions in the Universe) offers an eye-catching expedition across the universe. The work opens with a brief tour of Earth's closest neighbors and moves quickly beyond, exploring the life of stars including "bloated giants," the "monstrous Betelgeuse," and the various types of supernovae. Along the way, the author tours the history of astronomy and skillfully weaves in the science and technology behind the major breakthroughs such as the Hubble Space Telescope and the Chandra X-ray Observatory. Some of the 400 vibrantly colored photographs and illustrations pack every page, illuminating the strange life of pulsars, magnetars, quasars, and planetary nebulae. Schilling's writing is lively and based on the latest observations, as expected from one of the best science writers working today. The book concludes with a 14-page star atlas drawn by Dutch astrocartographer Wil Tirion. VERDICT A well-conceived, absorbing survey of the wonders of the cosmos that truly reinforces the author's point that "space is big. Unimaginably big." Recommended for space enthusiasts and astronomy aficionados. (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.