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Hidden Universe

By: Lars L Christensen, Robert Fosbury and Robert L Hurt

145 pages, Col illus throughout

John Wiley & Sons

Hardback | Nov 2008 | #177591 | ISBN-13: 9783527408665
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Our eyes are the result of an evolutionary adaptation to the sun's light. Since the sun is a G dwarf and emits most of its light in only a small part of the electromagnetic spectrum, our eyes are very limited in their capability to show us the universe. This book shows the fundamental change in our perception by covering the full spectrum of light.

It's contents include: the view from the ground Space observatories - our new eyes on the universe; the radio universe; the infrared universe; the ultraviolet universe; the x-ray universe; the gamma-ray universe; the cosmic ray universe; and, the future.The authors' unique skill in both science and science communication allows for a popular writing style, with an emphasis on what cannot be seen with our eyes. They make many comparisons with high-color images to reveal what is actually taking place behind the veil. They also make good use of their access to the most striking images in the field, creating full-color illustrations as needed. In addition, boxes and diagrams provide overviews of the instruments used.

This book is an exhilarating and remarkable voyage into a universe that the naked eye cannot see... Hidden Universe will, without a doubt, open your eyes and your mind to the dramatic and dazzling light-show that is out hidden universe. (Spaceflight, May 2009) "[This] story of how different telescopes have peeled away layers of the "cosmic onion" offers a useful counterpoint to the history of the telescopes." (Physics World, March 2009) "Hidden Universe provides a technical description of efforts to study beyond the visual but has been written in a way which would appeal to amateur astronomers who seek to understand the work of professionals especially in PRO-AM projects. Recommended." (The Astronomer, February 2009)


Foreword by Riccardo Giacconi
1. Light and Vision
2. The View from the Ground
3. Space Observatories
4. The Visible Universe
5. The Infrared Universe
6. The Ultraviolet Universe
7. The Radio & Microwave Universe
8. The X-ray & High Energy Universe
9. The Multi-Wavelength Universe

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Lars Lindberg Christensen is press officer of the International Astronomical Union, as well as IAU EC International Year of Astronomy 2009 Working Group Secretary. An astronomer by profession, he is a science communication specialist heading the Hubble European Space Agency Information Centre group, responsible for public outreach and education for the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope in Europe. Robert (Bob) Fosbury is an astronomer working for the European Space Agency (ESA) as part of ESA's collaboration with NASA on the Hubble Space Telescope (HST) project at ST-ECF. Bob also served on NASA's Ad Hoc Science Working Group and ESA's Study Science Team as they developed the instrument concepts for the James Webb Space Telescope, the next generation space observatory. Bon and Lars wrote the highly successful "Hubble - 15 Years of Discovery". Robert Hurt is professional artist, specialized on art in astronomy.

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