With investigations into everything from black holes to exo-planets, the Hubble Telescope has changed not only the face of astronomy, but also our very sense of being in the universe. On the 25th anniversary of its launch into low-earth orbit, Taschen celebrates its most breathtaking deep space images both as scientific feats and as photographic masterpieces with the new book Expanding Universe.
Swirling nebulae, exploding stars, and vast, fragile forms. Come face to face with some of the most breathtaking images from the Hubble Telescope's 25 year surveillance of space, from the massive Sombrero Galaxy to a comet striking Jupiter with the force of a thousand nuclear bombs.
Ultra high-resolution and taken with almost no background light, these pictures have answered some of the most compelling questions of time and space, while also revealing new mysteries, like the strange 'dark energy' that sees the universe expanding at an ever-accelerated rate. Now, the precision of the telescope is matched with the precision of Taschen reproduction standards, allowing the images to mesmerize in their iridescent colors and vast, fragile forms.
The collection is accompanied by an essay from photography critic Owen Edwards and an interview with Zoltan Levay, who explains how the pictures are composed. Veteran Hubble astronauts Charles F. Bolden, Jr. and John Mace Grunsfeld also offer their insights on Hubble’s legacy and future space exploration.
Owen Edwards has written about photography for 30 years for numerous publications including American Photographer, New York Times Magazine, and Smithsonian.
Zoltan Levay is Imaging Lead at the Space Telescope Science Institute. He works with astronomers and communicators worldwide to publicize science results from NASA's Hubble Space Telescope.
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