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Coloring the Universe: An Insider's Look at Making Spectacular Images of Space (Hardback)
  • Coloring the Universe: An Insider's Look at Making Spectacular Images of Space (Hardback)

Coloring the Universe: An Insider's Look at Making Spectacular Images of Space (Hardback)

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Hardback 200 Pages / Published: 20/11/2015
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With a fleet of telescopes in space and giant observatories on the ground, professional astronomers produce hundreds of spectacular images of space every year. These colorful pictures have become infused into popular culture and can found everywhere, from advertising to television shows to memes. But they also invite questions: Is this what outer space really looks like? Are the colors real? And how do these images get from the stars to our screens? Coloring the Universe uses accessible language to describe how these giant telescopes work, what scientists learn with them, and how they are used to make color images. It talks about how otherwise un-seeable rays, such as radio waves, infrared light, X-rays, and gamma rays, are turned into recognizable colors. And it is filled with fantastic images taken in far-away pockets of the universe. Informative and beautiful, Coloring the Universe will give space fans of all levels an insider's look at how scientists bring deep space into brilliant focus.

Publisher: University of Alaska Press
ISBN: 9781602232730
Number of pages: 200
Weight: 1905 g
Dimensions: 272 x 277 x 28 mm

The winning astronomy book to get for anyone who lovesand also is curious aboutthe most beautiful images of the Universe, pluswhat they mean, isColoring the Universe.With each image you look at after reading it, as well as images that you think back on that you ve seen before, you ll wind up seeing more, not less, than you ever saw before. It s not just a beautiful glimpse into the Universe; it s a peek behind-the-scenes at how astronomers are creatively and artistically enabling humanity to see the full extent of what s present. --Ethan Siegel "Forbes ""
What singles this book out is how it lifts the curtain on the processes by which these spectacular images are made. There are explanations of the astrophysics of celestial objects, how telescopes and cameras capture and record light, as well as the software techniques used to create these striking images. . . . After reading it you ll probably never look at an astronomy image in quite the same way again.
--Book of the Month "BBC Sky at Night Magazine ""

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