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Cosmos Close-Up
Author: Giles Sparrow

ISBN: 9781554078912
Format: Hardcover
Number Of Pages: 320
Published: 2 June 2011
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 19.2 x 25.5 x 2.9
"The universe as seen in panorama and up close. "

Using high-resolution images collected by a fleet of telescopes, satellites and inter-planetary probes, "Cosmos Close-up" embarks on a voyage across the universe, pausing to zoom in on the most spectacular planets and galaxies before entering the known celestial reaches. Panoramic photographs rendered in color lie adjacent to close-up photographs of remarkable clarity. Authoritative and easily understood text describes the cosmology and explains what each image reveals about the universe. The book first flies through our local neighborhood, dominated by the sun. Spectacular close-up images of the surface features and atmospheres of an array of planets, moons and smaller objects shed new light on familiar cosmic cousins.

Next this comprehensive reference explores the huge spiral system called the Milky Way, abounding with 200 billion stars and vast amounts of interstellar gas and dust. While the stars are too small to see in detail, larger structures, such as star clusters, star-forming nebulae and clouds of discarded gas, are visible and shown here in stunning color. Giles Sparrow ...

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