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The Universe: 365 Days [Bargain Price] [Hardcover]

Robert J. Nemiroff , Jerry T. Bonnell
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May 1, 2003 0810942682
Photographs of outer space--produced by earthbound and space telescopes and planet-roving satellites--have captivated a vast audience. And nowhere has this audience found more enthralling views than on Astronomy Picture of the Day (APOD), a website so popular that it draws well over one million hits every week. The Universe: 365 Days presents in unprecedented clarity 365 spectacular images culled from the thousands that have been featured on the site, which has been hailed as one of the best science sites by both Scientific American and Popular Science magazines.

Following the enormously successful format of Abrams' Earth From Above: 365 Days, The Universe: 365 Days has been crafted by the two astrophysicists who in 1995, in collaboration with NASA, created and continue to maintain the APOD website. Accompanying each stunning image is a short explanatory text that greatly expands the reader's appreciation of the wonders of the cosmos.

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About the Author

Robert J. Nemiroff is Associate Professor of Physics at the Michigan Technological University. He lives in Houghton, MI. Jerry T. Bonnell is an astrophysicist with the Universities Space Research Association who has been working at NASA since 1988. He lives in Greenbelt, MD.

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 740 pages
  • Publisher: Harry N. Abrams (May 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0810942682
  • ASIN: B007PMQML2
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 6.6 x 2.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,239,935 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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38 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gorgeous October 22, 2003
You know about the Astronomy Picture of the Day website, don't you? If not, check it out; I can't post the URL here but a quick search will turn it up.
This book is a collection of some of the very best pictures from that marvellous site. Most of the pictures are images of Very Cool Stuff from around the cosmos: comets whacking into Jupiter, galaxies forming, that sort of thing. And wow, it sure is _big_ out there.
The stuff close to home is fascinating enough in its own right that the book pays for itself with just the images from within our very own solar system. The shots of the other planets and their moons are culled from the various flyby missions and, naturally, they are _way_ better than anything that was available when I was a kid.
There are a few that are _very_ close to home, and these are cool too. Some show either the Earth (from orbit) or a view of its sky (during the Hale-Bopp visitation, for example). A handful are of other things entirely (including one of the most effective Magic Eye pictures I've ever seen).
They are all of them stunning, captivating, and gorgeous. If you aren't pretty much transfixed by this stuff, then you and I probably aren't from the same homeworld.
And the short commentary that accompanies each image was written by a qualified, competent astronomer. Does life _get_ any better than this?
Don't forget to visit the website, too. There are lots more images in its archives than would fit into this book.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing picturer after amazing picture July 14, 2003
If you've spent some time on the Internet, you've come across the Astronomy Picture of the Day (APoD) website, run by astrophysicists Robert Nemiroff and Jerry Bonnell. Once a day they post up a space-related picture, provide a handy description. I've said to myself on several occasions, that these guys should write a book. Well, now they have.
The Universe: 365 Days is a print version of APoD, and it's one of the most gorgeous astronomy books I've ever seen. Open it up to any page: on your right is a full-page photograph, and on your left is a paragraph description about the picture. That's it, 365 pages of description/picture, rinse, repeat. Not much else to say. If you like pictures of space and astronomy, then you're going love it, page after page.
Because there are so many photographs, the authors were able to draw from a large pool of images. So, it isn't just the same old NASA/Hubble pictures that everyone uses, there are some from more obscure observatories and even amateur astronomers. There's a handy index at the back so you seek out images by topic.
I understand why they decided to go with the whole 365 days concept; it's a connection to their website. But then, it's not like you're going to read the book one day at a time, like some kind of yearlong astronomical advent calendar.
Let me just stick my drooling tongue back in my mouth for a second and let you know my complaints with the book. First, the text is really small. Unreasonably small considering that it's swimming in white space. The layout person should have been thinking about all the people who might be reading this book, and steered well away from 9 point font. My other complaint is that it feels fragile. Imagine you're holding a stack of nearly 400 photographs bound together on the left-hand side.
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27 of 31 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing to say the least October 4, 2004
I wanted to buy this book for a long time and waited until the price was right. When I bought it, I couldn't check inside because it was wrapped in plastic. So when I brought it home and opened it, I was very disappointed with the photos. I was expecting super high quality photos and instead found tons of OLD photos of galaxies and stars that have been available in other books (which I have or have read) since the 1960s and 1970s. Or worse, photos seemingly taken directly from websites, with web quality, ie: not very good.

They had to fill this book with 365 photos and I say 250 of them are not worth spending any amount of money on, because they're free on the internet or the quality is terrible or simply because they've been available in other (and better) books for several decades now and the writer didn't bother getting updated versions of those old photos. As an example, on Nov. 27, there's the famous "Earth at Night" photo. I already have the photo as a desktop image (it's widely available on the net) and it looks better on my computer than in the book, which is murky and lacks detail.

The Universe: 365 Days is just not what I expected. The concept is actually cool but the execution is very uneven and at times poor. I would have left it at the bookstore if I initially had the chance to look inside it before purchasing it.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars beautiful photography June 2, 2004
There is a website called "Astronomy Picture of the Day". The website is exactly what it claims to be. Every day the website posts a new picture related to astronomy with a description of that picture written by a professional astronomer. With the first archived photo on that website from June 16, 1995, the editors of "The Universe: 365 Days" had nearly 8 years of photographs to draw on when this volume was published in May 2003. This book can be used like a calendar because that is how this book is laid out: every day of the year has an astronomy photograph, with a description of each picture.
As someone who knows very little about the universe, or astronomy, even with the descriptions next to the pictures I still wasn't always sure what I was looking at and how one picture was truly different from another. I understand that they look different and that they are pictures of very different parts of the universe, but the details are far beyond my comprehension. What is not beyond my comprehension is the fact that these are stunningly beautiful pictures. Even simple pictures that we may have seen many times before, like a picture of our planet from space, is striking and beautiful. Others are of star clusters and galaxies that are so far away and so alien that it boggles the mind to know that there are places like this out there and we really know nothing about what it would be like to travel there.
This book can be read as a calendar, where you flip the page each day and see what new photograph is waiting. It can be read like that, but I couldn't imagine only looking at one of these pictures a day. After seeing one picture, I just had to turn the page to see what wonder was waiting for me, and almost without exception, there was a wonder on every page. Beautiful space photography (though some are on Earth, and others looking out from Earth). If that sounds interesting, this collection is probably for you.
-Joe Sherry
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Nice book!
I just loved this book. Highly recommended for other readers. The book takes you through the world of its own in the Universe we live in.
Published 7 months ago by Trajan
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Table Book!
With all the Hubble Telescope pics out there and talk of the Mars Rover, outer space is a wonderful subject of art and interest. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Patricia R. Dumond
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Enjoyable
I use the book each morning when I do my study time and journaling and I love it. It is a great reminder of the vastness of the universe, the Creator, and my very small existence... Read more
Published on February 17, 2012 by Jeremy Z
4.0 out of 5 stars Small package, great information
This is a great book with excellent, brief and concise explinations which people such as myself (not an astronomer or physisit or scientist) can understand. Read more
Published on September 11, 2011 by JesseArizona
5.0 out of 5 stars A great photographic resource book!!
I bought this book because I'm learning how to paint space scenes in Photoshop and needed a good reference book. Read more
Published on October 28, 2010 by Laurie E. Thompson
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb
I bought this book over a year ago and I still pick it up. From Apollo to Hubble, the 365 images are breathtaking.
Published on February 12, 2009 by Ian R. Bruce
1.0 out of 5 stars Not so hot.
I am a HUGE fan of Earth From Above, I think it's by far one of the best photo books out there. This book pales in comparison to the caliber of the photography in Earth. Read more
Published on July 22, 2007 by A. Auerbach
5.0 out of 5 stars Universe
We have purchased several of these books - one for ourselves and the others as gifts. It is awesome.
Published on August 24, 2006 by J. Coaatta
5.0 out of 5 stars AWESOME!
This is a truly awesome and inspiring book. The gorgeous photographs and the informative text will challenge your imagination to the breaking point! Read more
Published on March 17, 2006 by Robert U. Hablutzel
5.0 out of 5 stars a must have for all ages, all walks of life
This book is nothing short of phenomenal. I keep buying it for people because I know they will be enthralled. Read more
Published on January 16, 2004 by nood65
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