Review: Space Atlas
If space interests you at all, even a little, this book is a must-have. This beautiful collection of photographs and illustrations of our solar system and beyond combined with a mountain of information and facts is a perfect addition to any coffee table.
Featuring a foreword by Buzz Aldrin, Space Atlas is divided into four main sections: the solar system, the galaxy, the universe, and mysteries. The amount of information in this large, hard-cover edition is staggering. Each planet is detailed with actual stunning pictures, factual information, illustrations, and graphs. It also delves into the world beyond Earth featuring comets, the milky way, and dazzling images of the sun.
My personal favorite portion of Space Atlas was the section featuring the mysteries of space. I have always found string theory and the idea of the multiverse fascinating topics. These chapters discuss the theories, how they were discovered, and recent breakthroughs that have been made.
Overall, this is an amazing collection of information abut space, our galaxy, and the world beyond. It is the perfect book for any space-lover or star-gazer.
• Hardcover: 352 pages
• Publisher: National Geographic; 2 edition (October 23, 2018)
Space Atlas combines updated maps, lavish photographs, and elegant illustrations to chart the solar system, the universe, and beyond. For space enthusiasts, science lovers, and star gazers, here is the newly revised edition of National Geographic’s enduring guide to space, with a new introduction by American hero Buzz Aldrin.
In this guided tour of our planetary neighborhood, the Milky Way and other galaxies, and beyond, detailed maps and fascinating imagery from recent space missions partner with clear, authoritative scientific information. Starting with the sun and moving outward into space, acclaimed science writer and physicist James Trefil illuminates each planet, the most important moons, significant asteroids, and other objects in our solar system. Looking beyond, he explains what we know about the Milky Way and other galaxies–and how we know it, with clear explanations of the basics of astrophysics, including dark matter and gravitational waves. For this new edition, and to celebrate the 50th anniversary of his moonwalk, astronaut and American hero Buzz Aldrin offers a new special section on Earth’s moon and its essential role in space exploration past and future.