The universe stretches at least 130 billion trillion kilometers in every direction around us. The magnificent vault of stars is gloriously on display in this deluxe, slip-cased edition--a perfect gift for star-lovers of all ages. Cosmos makes sense of this dizzying celestial panorama by exploring it one step at a time and by illustrating the planets, moons, stars, nebulae, white dwarfs, black holes and other exotica that populate the heavens with over 450 of the most spectacular photographs and illustrations. Updated to take into account the latest developments in cosmic exploration, it features the Curiosity rover on Mars, the Huygens probe that has reached Saturn's moons, and the continuing search for extra-solar planets that might support life. It also includes the most up-to-date images from across the cosmos: pictures from the Hubble Ultra Deep Field telescope showing the furthest reaches of our galaxy, as well as our nearest planets in breathtaking detail. The book has also been enhanced with exciting Aurasma technology, allowing you to unlock moving video footage from images in the book with most web-enabled smartphones or tablets. Simply download and open the free QuercusEye app, and look for pictures with the QuercusEye icon. Hover the camera above the image so the picture fits the screen, and watch the wonders of the universe unfold. (Pages 12, 37, 41, 72, 84, 109, 126-127, 138, 146, 152, 164, 190 and 210).
About the Author
AUTHORGiles Sparrow studied astronomy at University College, London, and science communication at Imperial College before embarking on a career as an author. Since then, he has written and co-written a number of bestselling books on popular science and astronomy, including Hubble: Window on the Universe. INTRODUCTIONDava Sobel is the bestselling author of (among many other books) the international blockbusters Longitude, Galileo's Daughter, and The Planets.
"Everything about COSMOS seems designed to inspire galactic awe—from its black satin covers to its star-sparkly slipcase. But its the rich 13" by 17" photographs inside that will hypnotize you. . . If you've got an aspiring space traveler in the family, this could be the ultimate gift" —Ron Charles, The Washington Post
“Cosmos is a stunning survey of our universe, starting with Earth, proceeding through its solar-system neighbors and circling outward into galaxies, black holes and, well, infinity and beyond, as Buzz Lightyear would say. Awe-inspiring."—Seattle Times
"Blending fascinating facts about the latest developments in cosmic exploration with lush, large-format photography, Cosmos offers a new window into our universe."—Parade