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September 17, 2012 0756698413 978-0756698416 Rev Upd

From the fiery mass of the Sun's core to the black hole at the center of the Milky Way, Universe takes you on the ultimate guided tour of the cosmos. Full of stunning out-of-this world images reflecting recent advances in space imagery, you'll go on a journey from our solar system all the way to the farthest limits of space.

With information on the nature of the universe, the study of cosmology, Earth's motion, modern telescopes, astrophotography, and even a comprehensive star atlas, this groundbreaking encyclopedia takes a dazzling and expansive look at the Universe and is a must-have for both students and astronomy enthusiasts.

Includes a comprehensive star atlas that covers all the constellations and planetary charts showing their positions right up to 2019, with entries on each of the 88 constellations and notable celestial objects that lie within them, and a monthly sky guide showing the night sky as it appears throughout the year.


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  • Hardcover: 528 pages
  • Publisher: DK ADULT; Rev Upd edition (September 17, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0756698413
  • ISBN-13: 978-0756698416
  • Product Dimensions: 12.3 x 10.2 x 1.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #15,536 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Robert Dinwiddie specialises in writing or contributing to educational illustrated books on scientific topics for a general audience. His particular areas of interest include Earth and Ocean Science, Astrophysics and Cosmology, and the History of Science. In the past he has also been involved in IT and medical publishing.

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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A magnificent visual guide to the universe October 19, 2012
Format:Hardcover
[MIT's The Tech] The new edition of Universe is nothing short of what it promises. Edited by Astronomer Royal Martin Rees and published for the Smithsonian Institution by DK, the book is a comprehensive, up-to-date, and visually mesmerizing guide to the cosmos and what we know of it. Its 500 pages are divided into three sections: astronomy in general, the cosmos, and the night sky.

The first section is mostly about the theory of physics, cosmology, and astronomy. It addresses basic questions about matter, energy, and space-time, presents current theories about the beginning and eventual end of the universe, and offers a primer on astronomy, to help the reader make sense of the changing appearances of the heavens. The graphics are breathtaking. A two-page plate titled "The scale of the universe" conveys a visceral sense of the immensity of the cosmos through a sequence of nested zoom-ins from the earth to superclusters. A four-page plate titled "The Big Bang" shows the birth of the universe from the Plank era to the appearance of matter.

The second section is mostly known facts about the universe at different scales. Our Solar System comes first, starting with the Sun itself and working outwards towards the Oort Cloud. As always, images are just eye-popping: close-ups of spots on the Sun, the rings of Saturn, and the scars on Europa... you name it. Then comes our galaxy, in all its splendor, with jaw-dropping photos of nebulas and star clusters, and after that a section on what lies beyond the Milky Way: nearby galaxies, galaxy clusters and finally superclusters. There is not a single page without magnificent photos and a pile of scientific facts.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
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I've been enthralled by astronomy since I first realized the Earth is but a grain of sand in the vast ocean of the cosmos. All our history, triumphs, and tragedies occurred on this pale blue dot (as Carl Sagan would say).

I've read a multitude of books on astronomy, and this one is the first to perfectly blend breathtaking images with geuinely deep detailed text, and keep it all up to date.

Keeping astronomical info up to date is my biggest concern since astronomy is revolutionized every year in the 21st century.

This book covers everything including cosmology, chemistry, and physics. I can't stress how much I love that this book includes an in-depth discussion of the fundamentals of molecules and physical laws. You cannot have a full comprehension of astronomy without knowing the chemistry, physics, and cosmology underlying the formation of the cosmos. Many books focus only on astronomy, and miss the opportunity to tie everything together. This book does not miss that opportunity, and that throws it to the top of my list of astronomy books.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
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This book is a feast for the eyes and mind.Besides pretty pictures of stars, galaxies, planets, etc., this book uses graphics to meaningfully explain to the lay reader things like particle physics, dark matter, the evolution and scale of the universe, the formation of the solar system. It shows a process of rigorous intellectual balancing that made choices all along the way to get the maximum amount of information, beautifully presented and concisely explained for those of us who are interested in this stuff. The most outstanding use of graphic design combined with text to create real meaning that I have ever seen. It's a treasure.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best one volume book on topic April 17, 2013
By D. Rohy
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First this is an incredible coffee table book with tons of illustrations.
Second there is a lot of meat inbetween the illustrations. Sufficient information for an amateur or advanced amateur.
The materials used in the book are first rate and thus the book is a bit hefty. It is also large format making the illustrations more useful. We bought this book for our 11 year old grandson who is very interested in astronomy. He loves the book and there is enough information for him to return to it often.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Astronomy Atlas February 10, 2013
By Ron
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By far the best and most comprehensive space book on the market. A true astronomical encyclopedia with great pictures and good naratives.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book at a bargain price April 29, 2013
Format:Hardcover
I agree with other reviewers this is a five star book. Let me make a few points others may not have covered:

Reading outside I found a big difference in moving the book in and out of sunlight. In direct sunlight its pages just look better. The huge number of multi-colored sharp images really 'pop' in direct sunlight. Try reading this book outside with the sun behind you.

In an hour of reading I go through maybe 10 pages. At 500 pages this book is nearly two months of summer reading!

Galaxies and nebulae are generally shown as gorgeous composites of infrared, visible and x-ray satellite images. Images in various categories are arranged by distance from earth. Each object has a little fact box plus a few paragraphs of text highlighting its interesting features and historical reference.

However, some chapters are less interesting, for example, the chapter on star constellations. Far too many pages are devoted to covering all 'official' 88 constellations with each having a sky picture (with lines between the stars added) and a corresponding map showing the position of nearby galaxies and nebulae. The latter may be helpful to observers to locate deep space objects, but mostly this material shows the absurdity of the concept. Only a handful of the historical constellations, which vary from complex (20+ stars) to ultra simple (2 stars), in any real sense outlines the supposed image.

This book might have something like 100 facts per page (rough guess), so at 500 pages that's 50,000 facts. Think of the proof reading task, the proof readers are even listed on the title page. So is every fact right? No.
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5.0 out of 5 stars As brilliant as a Hubble picture
Everything you wanted to know about the universe and were not afraid to ask. Well written and beautifully illustrated this is the epitome of a wonderfully useful and well-thumbed... Read more
Published 28 days ago by R David Clark
5.0 out of 5 stars Thorough and succinct
Awesomely illustrated, broad range of relevant topics from subatomic particles to theory of evolution of the universe to the present.
Published 1 month ago by David W Moore
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely excellent
In looking for a good book about astronomy, I was surprised by the lack of comprehensive volumes on the topic. Read more
Published 1 month ago by John S.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Coffee Table Book
I love this book. It is a great conversation piece for your coffee table or your oversized bookshelf. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Matthew halliday
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing
Informative, beautiful, and great quality. I highly recommend for anyone who is amazed by the enormity and beauty of the universe. I love the layout of the book. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Kacij
5.0 out of 5 stars As described
This is a very cool book and a great coffee table book. I have an older version of this book that I love and I bought this one for my girlfriend and she loves it.
Published 3 months ago by Christopher Dollahite
5.0 out of 5 stars was a gift for my grand son+
The book seems to be a good book for the grandson because he is in to the stars and planets. He really seems to like it.
Published 3 months ago by homer10
5.0 out of 5 stars From public library to my library
I checked out this book from my public library and showed it to my wife, we liked so much that we decided to buy it for our permanent reference for us, and our grand children. Read more
Published 3 months ago by benny
5.0 out of 5 stars Up to date and very accurate.
Out standing Pix and data. I'm an reader of Sky & Telescope and this is the best most up to date big book I have seen.
Published 3 months ago by Pendragon
5.0 out of 5 stars Universe
This book was a Christmas gift for a good friend of mine, who is a retired educator, and she was tickled to get it.
Published 3 months ago by gamma
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