ISBN 9780801881152,The Violent Universe - Joyrides through the X-Ray Cosmos

The Violent Universe - Joyrides through the X-Ray Cosmos

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ISBN 9780801881152
Publisher

The Johns Hopkins University Press

Publication Year 2005
ISBN-13

ISBN 9780801881152

ISBN-10 0801881153
Binding

Hardback

Number of Pages 224 Pages
Language (English)
Subject

Astronomy

This volume reveals how astronomers use color to understand the energy and intensity of high-energy particles that travel at the speed of light, and the galacatic collisions, supernova eruptions, or stellar implosions that created them. The universe is filled with extreme events: galactic collisions, supernovae eruptions, and stellar implosions. Although not always visible through optical telescopes, these processes generate x-rays, high-energy particles that travel at the speed of light. The Violent Universe reveals how astronomers use color to understand the energy and intensity of these x-rays -- in the process transforming invisible particles into gorgeous images of the cosmos -- and how these scientists discover more about the exotic objects that produce them. Kimberly Weaver traces the development of x-ray astronomy from the 1950s, when the first artificial satellites began transmitting information from deep space. By juxtaposing a selection of images from optical telescopes with those of cutting-edge x-ray telescopes, she illustrates the way x-ray astronomy captures energy and activity that cannot be seen in visible light. The book is illustrated with stunning four-color images of galaxies, quasars, pulsars, and black holes captured by Chandra, an enormous x-ray satellite that orbits Earth from a distance 200 times higher than that of the Hubble Space Telescope. The Violent Universe makes plain the amazing new astronomy that has unmasked the thunderous cosmos -- a dynamic science that daily creates breathtaking art.
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