Ex­plore the Uni­verse with the Smith­so­nian

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From Saturn’s rings to the heart of the Milky Way, and from col­lid­ing gal­ax­ies to cat­a­clysmic gamma-ray bursts at the edges of vis­i­ble space, some of the most spec­tac­u­lar sights in the cos­mos are now as easy to see as the stars above. A Vis­ual Guide to the Uni­verse, pro­duced in part­ner­ship with the Smith­so­nian, takes you there in 18 lav­ishly il­lus­trated lec­tures taught by award-win­ning pro­fes­sor and dis­tin­guished as­tronomer David M. Meyer of North­west­ern Univer­sity. Among your many ad­ven­tures, you will or­bit Saturn with the Cassini probe, see an as­ter­oid up close with the Dawn space­craft, and search for wa­ter and life on Mars with the Mars rovers. Look­ing beyond our so­lar sys­tem, you will wit­ness how an ar­mada of re­mark­able space tele­scopes is un­cov­er­ing the se­crets of the cos­mos. Em­bark on our era’s great­est voy­ages of dis­cov­ery. With­out leav­ing home, you’ll find the view is truly out of this world!

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