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Eyes on the Skies: 400 Years of Telescopic Discovery Hardcover – January 7, 2009

ISBN-13: 978-3527408658 ISBN-10: 3527408657 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 132 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley-VCH; 1 edition (January 7, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 3527408657
  • ISBN-13: 978-3527408658
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 0.5 x 11.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,398,676 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews


"It’s very much a browsing book and I guarantee you it won’t matter what page you first land on—you’ll find some beautiful graphics and a wealth of accurate and interesting information.... A feast of a book—the photographs are so sharp you would want to wear gloves reading it." (Astronomy & Space, September 2009)

"Eyes on the Skies, through words and a wealth of stunning photographs and illustrations … tells the fascinating story of the telescope from its invention in the early 1600s to the computer-controlled telescopes of the modern day." (Spaceflight, May 2009)

"Anyone wanting a refresher course on telescope history will find Eyes on the Skies an illuminating guide.... Beautifully illustrated." (Physics World, March 2009)

"The story starts with the observations of the moon by Galileo in 1609.... This milestone is a key feature of this marvellous book.... Recommended as a valuable up to date summary of achievements in 400 years and also an insight into future plans to extend our survey of the heavens." (The Astronomer, February 2009)

"Eyes On The Skies tells the history of the telescope from the prototypes of the early 1600s to the computer-controlled machines of today." (Daily Express, January 2009)

From the Back Cover

Adopted as the official book of the International Year of Astronomy IYA 2009, this stunningly illustrated history of telescopic discovery spans the range from the first telescopes via the Hubble Space Telescope to next generation platforms, and how they have changed and continue to change our view of the Universe, our place in it and where it all came from. EYES ON THE SKIES features numerous full-page photographs and is printed in high-quality color throughout.

Also includes the official IYA 2009 Eyes on the Skies DVD telling the exciting story of the telescope with 59 minutes of narrated text, unique footage from the world's observatories, animations, computer simulations, science results and more.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Luis Gallo on March 18, 2009
Format: Hardcover
This is a wonderful and instructive book. Starting with Galileo's first views of the skies through a simple refractor telescope, this lavishly illustrated book narrates the evolution of the telescope and the important role it has played in the evolution of astronomy. Jump from Galileo's refractors to Newton's small reflector, from Herschel' wooden giants to Yerkes big refractor and then to the legendary telescopes of Mount Wilson and Mount Palomar that led scientists to the most profound astronomy discoveries of the twentieth century. And then get to know the Hubble space telescope and the wonderful machines on the making that will give astronomers their best views yet of the universe. An amazing book,it comes with an hour long Dvd, Eyes in the Skies, the official International Year of Astronomy 2009 DVD. Eyes in The Skies, 400 Years of Telescopic Discovery, adopted also as the official IYA 2009 book,is printed in high quality and colorful acid free papers and is, as well as the Dvd a visual an informative delight.
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Excellent book. Well written and very informative.
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