Expanding Universe. Photographs from the Hubble Space Telescope

Expanding Universe. Photographs from the Hubble Space Telescope

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With investigations into everything from black holes to exoplanets, the Hubble Telescope has changed not only the face of astronomy, but also our very sense of being in the universe. On the 25th anniversary of its launch into low-earth orbit, TASCHEN celebrates its most breathtaking deep space images both as scientific feats and as photographic masterpieces.

Ultra high resolution and taken with almost no background light, these pictures have answered some of the most compelling questions of time and space, while also revealing new mysteries, like the strange "dark energy" that sees the universe expanding at an ever-accelerated rate. Now, the precision of the telescope is matched with the precision of TASCHEN reproduction standards, allowing the images to mesmerize in their iridescent colors and vast, fragile forms.

The collection is accompanied by an essay from photography critic Owen Edwards and an interview with Zoltan Levay, who explains how the pictures are composed. Veteran Hubble astronauts Charles F. Bolden, Jr. and John Mace Grunsfeld also offer their insights on Hubble's legacy and future space exploration.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 260 pages
  • 300 x 300 x 33.02mm | 2,633g
  • Cologne, Germany
  • English, French, German
  • 3836549220
  • 9783836549226
  • 90,805

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"An die Stelle der glatten ,Hightechästhetik', die in astronomischen Publikationen so verbreitet ist, trat die Anmutung eines klassischen Folianten. Hochglanzbilder von Galaxien und Nebeln sind von mattschwarzen Rändern umgeben, die die Kunst vor Fingerabdrücken schützen."
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"...a special collection of images to give us some sense of place within the universe... Expanding Universe is a gorgeous volume. Each image is, in the original sense of the word, awesome. There are not many books that can leave you breathless, but this is certainly one of them." "...a gorgeous volume. Each image is, in the original sense of the word, awesome. There are not many books that can leave you breathless, but this is certainly one of them." "...Expanding Universe is a stellar celebration of the Hubble's breathtaking images and science-changing discoveries from 25 years of stargazing." "This is a coffee table book that will appeal to more than just space buffs. Jam-packed with breath-taking deep space images that are ultra-high resolution and taken with almost no background light. You'll need to keep reminding yourself that they're not photographic masterpieces but scientific feats that have helped answer some of the most compelling questions of time and space." "German publisher TASCHEN, best known for luxurious art and photography books, has produced its own celebration of Hubble's 25th year anniversary since its launch into space - and it's a stunner. As a visual celebration of Hubble's 25 years in space, this one is hard to beat." "...Hubble's images in this book will blow anyone's mind. Not just the aficionados of Astronomy, but anyone who can appreciate the beauty of a world which is still a complete mystery to us, and which, nevertheless, holds so much in store for us, mere mortals."
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About Owen Edwards

Owen Edwards has written about photography for 30 years for numerous publications including American Photographer, New York Times Magazine, and Smithsonian. Zoltan Levay is Imaging Lead at the Space Telescope Science Institute. He works with astronomers and communicators worldwide to publicize science results from NASA's Hubble Space Telescope.
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