Planets, Stars, and Galaxies: A Visual Encyclopedia of Our Universe by David A. AguilarFinally, its here! The farthest reaches of our universe captured in atlas form for young readers. Planets, Stars, and Galaxies is the space book that pushes the boundaries of mans ultimate frontier. The engaging, educational text, written in collaboration with National Geographic experts, includes the latest discoveries about our universe; while specially commissioned artwork by the author illuminates page after page.
Exciting as well as enlightening, Planets, Stars, and Galaxies belongs on every family bookshelf, providing easy reference for school reports and compelling reading on the myriad mysteries beyond our world. With vivid illustrations and superb photography, this beautiful book puts the wonders of space into every childs hands. This engaging, provocative reference work includes: the new solar system including dwarf planets Pluto, Ceres, and Eris;the latest developments in space exploration, science, and research--how a star is born and dies, weird worlds, the galactic zoo, and more;fun facts about space and amazing new images--Saturns rings, Jupiters moons, and Hubbles deep-space view;first-hand accounts from scientists and astronauts--what its like to study the universe and to live in space;a fascinating look into our future in space: What space travel might hold in a readers own lifetime--moon colonies, hotels on Mars? How will the universe end?questions to ponder, such as Is there other life in the universe?an illustrated timeline of space research and exploration, star charts, moon maps, fact boxes, and helpful scientific diagrams.
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All rights reserved. An illustration based on data form the Gaia spacecraft shows the distribution of million stars in the Milky Way, with orange and yellow hues highlighting greater stellar densities. Now, a team using Gaia data has estimated precise ages for some of these stars, pinpointing the oldest known stellar occupants.
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All rights reserved. A correct, albeit less soothing, rendition might be: Emit, emit, gigantic ball of gas. Stars are huge celestial bodies made mostly of hydrogen and helium that produce light and heat from the churning nuclear forges inside their cores. Aside from our sun, the dots of light we see in the sky are all light-years from Earth. They are the building blocks of galaxies, of which there are billions in the universe.
All rights reserved. The Andromeda galaxy, also known as Messier 31, shines in a newly released picture from the Zwicky Transient Facility in California. Our galaxy, the Milky Way, is destined to collide with its largest neighbor, a sparkling collection of stars called the Andromeda galaxy. This cataclysm has been foretold by well-known physics, and astronomers know that when the space dust clears, neither galaxy will look the same: Within a billion years or so of first contact, the two will merge and form a much larger, elliptical galaxy. As astronomers report in the Astrophysical Journal , the originally predicted crash date of 3. It is inevitable.
All rights reserved. Collision bound, the Milky Way and Andromeda galaxies are hurtling toward each other at , miles , kilometers an hour. It will take several billion years before their violent tango ensues, but for a preview, astrophysicists can look at this Hubble image of an actual sideswipe of galaxies called The Mice. Prognosis for our solar system: either flung safely into space—or blasted by radiation from supernovae at the center of the new galaxy. Imagine a universe with no stars, no galaxies , and no light: just a black brew of primordial gases immersed in a sea of invisible matter. Beginning a few hundred thousand years after the blinding flash of the big bang, the universe plunged into a darkness that lasted almost a half billion years.