‘‘ The images in this
book represent some of the most up-to-date and high-definition data available.... I do not believe we will ever reach the end of our quest for a complete understanding of the universe.
Centre of the Milky Way
Backward Spiral Galaxy
STEPHEN HAWKING FROM THE FOREWORD
FOREWORD STEPHEN HAWKING holds the Lucasian Chair of Mathematics at the University of Cambridge, once held by Sir Isaac Newton, and is a Fellow of The Royal Society. His many publications include the best-sellers A Brief History of Time and The Universe in a Nutshell.
Close-up of Sunspot
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RAY VILLARD is News Director of the Space Telescope Science Institute and a 15-year veteran of the Hubble Space Telescope public outreach program. A former associate editor of Astronomy and Star & Sky magazines, he teaches astronomy courses and hosts public seminars through Johns Hopkins University and the Smithsonian Institution.
Outflow Channel on Mars
COSMOS I M A GE S F R OM H E R E TO T H E E D GE OF T H E U N I V E RS E
Space fuels the Earth-bound imagination with wonder and hope. Today, most of what scientists know about the
universe is learned from deep-space images. COSMOS brings together more than 250 of the most important of these in a picture compendium of elegant design, dramatic scale and accessible text. From close-ups of the surface of Mars and Titan to far-flung galaxies and nebulas, the book is both visually stunning and an excellent reference resource. COSMOS is structured thematically into six main chapters about nebulas, stars, the Sun, the planets, satellites and galaxies. In addition, there is a chapter about how we can see “the way things were,” as well as two reference sections explaining the science behind the images and describing the mechanical and technological heroes of space exploration. The reader is taken on a thrilling and awe-inspiring journey through phenomena such as auroras, black holes, supernovas and white dwarfs, with highlights en route ranging from the nebulas in Orion’s belt to the birth pangs and death throes of stars.
For each topic there is expert commentary to explain what you are looking at in language that is concise, stimulating and easy to understand; and each photograph has a data box providing key facts, such as the probe or telescope used to capture the image and the phenomenon’s distance from Earth. The remarkable photographs are from dozens of astronomical sources, ranging from Earth-based telescopes to remote spacecraft, including discoveries by the most recent probes, such as Cassini-Huygens and the twin Mars Exploration Rovers – making COSMOS a compelling picture portfolio for armchair astronauts and all who are struck by the awesome beauty of the depths of space.
BAU M A N N / HOP K I NS / NOLLE T T I / S OLU R I
MARY K. BAUMANN is a writer and designer based in Minneapolis. She has been creative director of magazine development at Time Inc., worked for Life and Geo magazines, and currently is creative director for Kids Discover magazine. She serves as the design chairperson for the Stanford University Professional Publishing Course. WILL HOPKINS worked for the legendary German magazine Twen before becoming art director of Look in the United States. He was a founding partner in the start-up of American Photographer. He has also redesigned many magazines and received the very first National Magazine Award for Graphic Excellence. LORALEE NOLLETTI is a teacher and writer based in New York City. She has produced and written for RAI (Italian Radio & Television), TF1 (French Television), Columbia University, Loral Space & Communications and Forbes Inc. MICHAEL SOLURI is a photographer based in New York City. His imagery has appeared in magazines and books in the United States, Brazil and Italy. A former assistant professor of photography at the Rochester Institute of Technology, New York, he is an expert in the research and editing of astronomical and space exploration photography.
ABOUT THE AUTHORS
FOR E W OR D B Y S T E P H E N H A W K I NG
FRONT COVER Spectacular light shows, such as the one displayed here by the Helix Nebula, occur when stars like our Sun run out of fuel. (NASA/JPL-Caltech/ESA). BACK COVER (from top to bottom) Centre of the Milky Way (NASA/CXC/SAO); Backward Spiral Galaxy (NASA/ESA); Supernova Remnant (WIYN/NOAO/AURA/NSF); Close-up of Sunspot (Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences); Outflow Channel on Mars (NASA/JPL-Caltech).