State of the Universe 2008
Images, Discoveries and Events
Martin Ratcliffewith contributions by leading authorities on astronomy
Covers the most exciting discoveries in astronomy and astrophysics
This ground-breaking, beautifully illustrated annual review includes:
- news stories from throughout the year, with related weblinks
- the hottest research on black holes, star formation, gamma-ray
bursts, dark matter, and more
- reports from the Hubble Space Telescope and other major
- results from the Sloan Digital Sky Survey, U.S. National Radio
Astronomy Observatory, and Chandra X-Ray Observatory
- a behind-the-scenes look at the final Hubble Servicing Mission
- latest news on the accelerating universe and dark energy
Feature articles by the following renowned astronomers and science
Alex Filippenko, Jerry Nelson, James Kaler, Chris Blades, Carolyn C. Petersen, David Finlay, Stephen Strom, Luisa Rebull, Timothy Beers, James Graham, Paul Kalas, Wallace TuckerTable of Contents
- A year in news and pictures: April 2005 – March 2006 by Martin Ratcliffe
- Astronomers meet to discuss the mysteries of the Universe . . .
. . . The 207th American Astronomical Society Meeting by Martin Ratcliffe
- The state of the Universe . . .
. . . What we think we know and what we don’t by James Kaler
- First views of the birth of a supernova remnant . . .
. . . Supernova 1987A by Richard McCray
- Unveiling a new generation of extremely large telescopes . . .
. . . The Large Binocular Telescope achieves first light
by Richard Green and John Hill
- As NASA’s flagship great observatory completes 15 years in orbit . . .
. . . What’s new with Hubble? by Ray Villard
- More than just our galaxy . . .
. . . The new Milky Way by Christopher Wanjek
- The search for gravitational waves . . .
. . . Listening to space with LIGO by Laura Cadonati
- Detecting heat radiation from space . . .
. . . The Spitzer Space Telescope by Michelle Thaller
- Those strange news stories out there . . .
. . . A year of ‘Bad Astronomy’ by Phil Plait
- Understanding galaxies and large-scale structures . . .
. . . Surveying the cosmos with the Hubble Space Telescope
by Anton Koekemoer
- The most powerful explosions in the Universe . . .
. . . Gamma-ray burst discoveries with the Swift mission
by Neil Gehrels and Peter Leonard
APPENDICES by Martin Ratcliffe
- Current optical telescopes
- Future optical telescopes
- The largest non-optical telescopes and future non-optical telescopes
- Optical intererometers
- Space observatories
- Extrasolar planets
192 pages, 4-colour throughoutBinding:
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