Galaxies: Birth and Destiny of Our Universe

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From the Introduction:

“This book will take you on a journey from our own familiar Milky Way to the farthest boundaries of time and space. With over 160 carefully selected photos and illustrations, I present the latest scientific findings on galaxies, quasars, galaxy clusters, gravitational lenses and the history of the universe.” — Govert Schilling

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About the author:

Dutch science journalist GOVERT SCHILLING is one of the most internationally renowned astronomy authors. He writes for renowned magazines such as New Scientist and Sky & Telescope and has already published several books, including Das Kosmos-Buch der Astronomie and Unser Universum.

Discover some of the wonders of the universe

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A bar in the eye

The tightly wound spiral arms of NGC 1398 are crossed by streaks of gas and dust. The central eye of the galaxy shows a short, bright bar; together, the innermost spiral arms form a noticeable ring. This fascinating galaxy is 65 million light-years from Earth, in the constellation Fornax (chemical furnace). This photo was taken by the European Southern Observatory’s Very Large Telescope in Chile.

Big mouth

3C 348 is the main galaxy in the Hercules Cluster. The huge black hole at the center of this elliptical galaxy is 2.5 billion times heavier than the Sun. It blows two jet streams of charged particles into space in opposite directions. The Very Large Array radio telescope was used to record these jets, which were 1.5 million light-years long (shown here in pink).

An exploding cigar

This photomontage of the Cigar Galaxy (M82), located 13 million light-years from Earth, in the constellation Ursa Major, shows a great deal of star-formation activity and signs of explosive phenomena in the center, probably due to the galaxy’s interaction with the neighboring spiral galaxy M81. We can also see visible light (orange, yellow and green), X-ray radiation (blue) and infrared radiation (red).







Embryonic stars

NGC 346 is one of the star-forming regions within the Small Magellanic Cloud. In addition to gas nebulae, dust veils and young giant stars, the Hubble Space Telescope has revealed newborn protostars in which nuclear fusion reactions of hydrogen are only just beginning. Some of these stars are only half as heavy as our Sun.

Sprinkled with stars

While some spiral galaxies appear to be wild and dynamic, NGC 2841 (located 65 million light-years from Earth, in the constellation Ursa Major) displays a pattern of cheerfulness and tranquility. The galaxy has remarkably short spiral arms that contain many dozens of star-forming regions, which resemble small, bright snowflakes when viewed at night. It’s uncertain how such “flaky” galaxies are formed.

Orion’s secrets

A long exposure photograph of the famous winter constellation Orion shows the contours of the Orion Molecular Cloud Complex, an active star-forming region in the Orion Nebula, which is a bright cloud south of the constellation’s three belt stars. This cosmic birthplace is about 1,350 light-years away from us. The orange star in the upper left corner is Betelgeuse.

Publisher ‏ : ‎ Firefly Books; Illustrated edition (October 11, 2019)
Language ‏ : ‎ English
Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 240 pages
ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0228102111
ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0228102113
Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 0.035 ounces
Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 9 x 0.56 x 11.5 inches

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