Cosmos - - Spectrum - — BILL CONDIE

heard of the Hub­ble Space Te­le­scope, a by­word for the haunt­ingly beau­ti­ful pic­tures of the far­thest cor­ners of the uni­verse it has been cap­tur­ing since it launched into low Earth or­bit in 1990. This hand­some vol­ume is a won­der­ful record of some of the amaz­ing sights the NASA project has given us.

The key to Hub­ble’s suc­cess in tak­ing ex­tremely high-res­o­lu­tion images is that it op­er­ates out­side the dis­tor­tion of Earth’s at­mos­phere and with much lower back­ground light than ground-based telescopes.

Best­selling as­tron­omy writer Ter­ence Dick­in­son pro­vides sure­footed and in­for­ma­tive ex­pla­na­tions of the images as he presents this port­fo­lio drawn from an ar­chive of more than 500,000 ex­ist­ing Hub­ble images. He also keeps up a fas­ci­nat­ing flow of lit­tle-known facts along the way.

NON- FIC­TION Hub­ble’s Uni­verse: Great­est Dis­cov­er­ies and Lat­est Images by TER­ENCE DICK­IN­SON Fire­fly Books (2014) RRP $ 35.00 Hard­cover

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