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Coloring the Universe: An Insider's Look at Making Spectacular Images of Space
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"Fascinating, beautiful, and educational. . . . Few things in life are more vibrant, more beautiful and more majestic than images of space. Thankfully, Coloring the Universe presents everything from nebulas, supernovas, distant galaxies and beyond in one jaw-dropping book."
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In addition to their inspirational beauty, the space images in this book are packed with meaning that helps us understand the universe. This is explained in very accessible language that will appeal to laypersons and professionals alike. This book explains the color conventions used to colorize various wavelengths of light, most of which are invisible to the human eye. It walks you through many iconic space images, explaining how the image was created, its notable features, and its location. The variety of images include supernovae, galaxies, nebulae, star clusters, black holes, and details about the amazing machines used for observing.
In addition to the beautiful images and basic science, the book gives a brief history of imaging from Galileo's hand sketches over 400 years ago, to the first photographs in 1840, through to today's space-born telescopes that parse the complete electromagnetic spectrum from radio through visible and gamma rays.
Looking up at the night sky has always evoked a sense of awe, and this book gives me a few more things to ponder... and to look for.