Recommended as 'the best introduction to astronomy' by the Journal of the British Astronomical Association, Philip's Atlas of the Universe is a clear and accessible reference to the stars, the planets and the universe, written by Britain's best-known astronomer, Sir Patrick Moore. The book contains Sir Patrick's selection of photographs from ground-based telescopes and the Hubble Space Telescope, along with spectacular images from nearly four decades of exploration of the planets. As well as giving a concise and informative portrait of each element of the cosmos, the book provides superb star maps and sound advice on practical observing, making it the essential choice for everyone taking up the absorbing hobby of astronomy. For this new edition, the text has been fully revised and updated to include the latest discoveries made by the current range of space missions. There are new photographs, including a selection of those obtained by the Cassini spacecraft now in orbit about Saturn, and the Huygens space probe as it descended to the surface of Saturn's moon Titan. Also included are images returned by Mars Express and the Mars landers Spirit and Opportunity. Impact's close encounter with a comet, as well as the latest information on the International Space Station and the plans for the James Webb Space Telescope, the international successor to the Hubble Space Telescope.For this new edition, the text has been fully revised and updated to include the latest discoveries made by the current range of space missions.
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