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Hubble Vision: Further Adventures with the Hubble Space Telescope

Carolyn Collins Petersen, John C. Brandt

Cambridge University Press, hardback, 224 pp., 1998

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2nd Edition

The Hubble Space Telescope (HST) was launched in 1990 and introduced a new and exciting phase of astronomical exploration. The new space-based telescope bypassed the disturbances of the earth's atmosphere to present images and data of the universe never before seen. And with that data came some surprising new discoveries about our beginnings.

Perhaps my favorite is the Hubble Deep Field image. Pointing HST at a relatively empty field in the night sky, astronomers were astonished when a 10 day exposure revealed hundreds of galaxies never before seen in a bewildering variety of galaxy shapes and colors. Hubble Vision includes this and hundreds of other fascinating images from our most advanced telescope.

There are dozens of books available featuring the Hubble images. For the best pure visual impact I recommend Magnificent Universe. But for the best combination of images and explanatory text Hubble Vision is my choice. The book was an instant hit when it was first released in 1995. In the second edition released in 1998 the authors have included many of the more recent images.

The authors spend the first chapter explaining the concepts behind digital imaging of the heavens and the construction of the Hubble Space Telescope. The HST has been configured with eight different imaging devices and the authors explain the significance of each. All of the images identify which instruments were used to collect the data. The book is also sprinkled with concept diagrams that help the reader grasp important cosmological concepts. The remaining chapters contain fascinating images and explanatory text on the Solar System, Stars, Galaxies, Cosmology, and future directions for HST.

After mastering this book you will be able to navigate the NASA HST website with confidence and comprehend and appreciate the new images that are posted continuously.

From a reviewer:

"Brandt is an astronomer at the University of Colorado and a principal investigator for the space telescope, while his collaborator Collins Petersen is a science writer with practical experience in astronomy. Their combined expertise results in a book that is authoritative, but not daunting, gorgeous but not superficial. You may want to keep it on your coffee table, but you should also actually read it."
-- Mary Ellen Curtin


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