The Hubble Space Telescope

Posted on April 20, 2015. Filed under: Nonfiction | Tags: , , , |

April 24th is the 25th anniversary of the Hubble Space Telescope. Why not check out one of these books and learn more about this amazing piece of technology and the wonderful images of deep space it has gathered over its 25 years of service.

Hubble’s Universe: Greatest Discoveries and Latest ImagesHubble's Universe
by Terence Dickinson

“The Hubble Space Telescope. No other telescope combines instant name recognition with the production of consistently spectacular images. Yet few people outside of the astronomy community realize that Hubble is now at the apex of its imaging capabilities. A collection of stunningly detailed pictures, made possible by the new Wide Field Camera 3, has yet to be incorporated into a popular-level book. Until now.

Hubble’s Universe will be the premier venue for the Hubble Telescope’s most recent visual splendors. Bestselling astronomy writer Terence Dickinson showcases extraordinary late-breaking pictures, many of which have yet to receive wide distribution as news stories or in publications outside scientific papers, and presents a breathtaking portfolio drawn from an archive of over 500,000 existing Hubble images.

The accompanying text balances accuracy with accessibility, Dickinson’s hallmark. And thanks to the author’s familiarity with Hubble’s history and discoveries and his access to top Hubble scientists for insight and accuracy, the text includes facts and tidbits not found in any other book. Combined with hundreds of brilliant images, the clear, succinct and illuminating narrative brings to life the fascinating forces at work in the universe” (Descriptive content provided by Syndetics).

The Universe in a Mirror: The Saga of the Hubble Telescope and the Visionaries Who Built Itbook cover for Universe in a Mirror
by Robert Zimmerman

“Robert Zimmerman takes readers behind the scenes of one of the most ambitious scientific instruments ever sent into space. After World War II, astronomer Lyman Spitzer and a handful of scientists waged a fifty-year struggle to build the first space telescope capable of seeing beyond Earth’s atmospheric veil. Zimmerman shows how many of the telescope’s advocates sacrificed careers and family to get it launched, and how others devoted their lives to Hubble only to have their hopes and reputations shattered when its mirror was found to be flawed.

This is the story of an idea that would not die—and of the dauntless human spirit. Illustrated with striking color images, The Universe in a Mirror describes the heated battles between scientists and bureaucrats, the perseverance of astronauts to repair and maintain the telescope, and much more. Hubble, and the men and women behind it, opened a rare window onto the universe, dazzling humanity with sights never before seen” (Descriptive content provided by Syndetics).

Hubble Vision: Astronomy with the Hubble Space Telescopebook cover for Hubble Vision
by Carolyn Collins Petersen and John C. Brandt

The refurbished Hubble Space Telescope has revealed spectacular and intriguing details in every object it has turned its acute gaze upon. What discoveries has the HST made so far? And how does this telescope actually work? This lavishly illustrated volume is the first to answer these questions in a complete review of the most exciting science to come from the Hubble Space Telescope.

From the local Solar System and nearby stars, to the most distant quasars and early Universe, this volume presents a superb collection of the most dramatic images taken by the HST, supported by a lively and informative, but non-technical guide. Hubble Vision offers a view of the Universe as never seen before and will capture the imagination of all those interested in the astronomical quest of understanding our Universe – from the general reader and amateur astronomer through to the professional scientist” (Descriptive content provided by Syndetics).

book cover for Chasing Hubble's ShadowsChasing Hubble’s Shadows: The Search for Galaxies at the Edge of Time
by Jeff Kanipe

Chasing Hubble’s Shadows is an account of the continuing efforts of astronomers to probe the outermost limits of the observable universe. The book derives its title from something the great American astronomer Edwin Hubble once wrote: ‘Eventually, we reach the dim boundary—the utmost limits of our telescopes. There, we measure shadows, and we search among ghostly errors of measurement for landmarks that are scarcely more substantial.’

The quest for Hubble’s ‘shadows’—those unimaginably distant, wispy traces of stars and galaxies that formed within the first few hundred million years after the Big Bang—takes us back, in effect, to the beginning of time as we are able to perceive it, when the first discrete stellar objects appeared out of what has lately come to be known as the ‘cosmic dark age.’ The information that is being gleaned from these dim sources—chiefly with the aid of Hubble’s namesake, the Hubble Space Telescope—promises to yield clues to many cosmic puzzles, including the nature of the mysterious ‘dark energy’ that is now believed to pervade all of space” (Barnes & Noble).

National Geographic Encyclopedia of Spacebook cover for Encyclopedia of Space
[compiled by] Linda K. Glover

“The National Geographic Encyclopedia of Space” offers clear and concise explanations of the planets; telescopes; manned space flight; satellites; the origin of the universe; the contributions of Nicolaus Copernicus, Edwin Hubble, and Stephen Hawking; and much more.  The Encyclopedia of Space answers such questions as How vast is the Milky Way? What makes a satellite stay up? How does deep space affect our daily climate?….The encyclopedia is enriched by recently declassified intelligence material and photographs from the U.S. Navy and the National Reconnaissance Office, the latest Hubble images, and essays written by leading professionals in the field” (Descriptive content provided by Syndetics).

Hubble: 15 Years of Discoverybook cover for Hubble: 15 Years of Discovery
by Lars Lindberg Christensen & Bob Fosbury

“As an observatory in space, Hubble is one of the most successful scientific projects of all time, both in terms of scientific output and its immediate public appeal. Hubble continues to have an enormous impact by exploiting a unique scientific niche where no other instruments can compete. It consistently delivers super-sharp images and clean, uncontaminated spectra over the entire near-infrared and ultraviolet regions of the electromagnetic spectrum. This has opened up new scientific territory and resulted in many paradigm-breaking discoveries” (Barnes & Noble).

-posted by Kevin Purtell

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