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5.0 out of 5 stars Worth every star, January 31, 2007
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This review is from: Universe: The Definitive Visual Guide (Hardcover)
Buy it! This is DK at their best. I've panned a DK Atlas recently (gorgeous graphics ruined by brain-dead binding). This book revives my respect for this publisher.

The pictures are not full-page for the most part but there are many of them and all are gorgeous and all are surrounded with logically laid out explanations of the Universe from Earth out to forever.

Oddly, it seems at first, there are over 150(!) pages of constellation and sky charts at the end of the book (starting after over 300 pages have gone by). Normally such a thing would be visually uninteresting except as a practical guide to star-gazing. And compared to the preceeding 330 pages, that's true, for me anyway. But flipping throught the pages, I felt inspired to (someday) go out and buy a really good telescope and use their charts to find the features highlighted on many of the pages. It's enticing. They sometimes show you a little inset photo of some marvelous nebula or galaxy or the like and then show you where to find such.

Buy it! It's both coffee-table wonderful and highly educational. A serious but accessible work that way.
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