The Violent Universe

The Violent Universe

Joyrides Through the X-ray Cosmos

Book - 2005
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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 thunderous cosmos - a dynamic science that daily creates breathtaking art.
Publisher: Baltimore : Johns Hopkins University Press, [2005]
Copyright Date: ♭2005
ISBN: 9780801881152
Branch Call Number: 522.6863 W3795V 2005
Characteristics: 195 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 27 cm

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