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.Read more...
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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.
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2014-12-01
- Reviewer: Staff
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.)