Space: From Earth to the Edge of the Universe

Space: From Earth to the Edge of the Universe

Robert Dinwiddie, Giles Sparrow

Language: English

Pages: 360

ISBN: 0756667380

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

Featuring a wealth of incredible astronomical photographs, Space is perfect for anyone interested in astronomy, space imagery, and the history of space exploration. Space takes us on an imaginary journey that starts on a launch pad, goes toward the center of our Solar System to see the inner planets and the Sun, and then flies outward past the outer planets and on to the fringes of the Solar System.

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Difference becomes significant during solar eclipses (below), when more or less of the Sun is obscured depending on the relative size of the Moon. A more commonly reported phenomon is that the Moon seems larger when seen near the horizon rather than high in the sky. This is an optical illusion; our brain is tricked into thinking the horizon Moon is large because it is seen against a close foreground, whereas the higher Moon is seen against a void. APOGEE PERIGEE CHANGING SIZE These two views.

Meteoroid impacts. MERCURY Mercury’s highly eccentric orbit means that there is a huge difference between its perihelion and aphelion distances from the Sun. In every two orbits, the planet rotates exactly three times. Orbital period 88.0 days Aphelion distance 43.4 million miles (69.8 million km) Perihelion distance 28.6 million miles (46.0 million km) Sun Eccentricity of orbit 0.205 (0 indicates a circular orbit) CRATERED WORLD Relatively recent impact craters and ejecta rays appear.

Station (ISS), 210 miles (340km) above the Earth. While the Space Shuttle’s visits are focused on supplying new components, the crew usually travels to and from the ISS aboard Soyuz “ferries” that remain docked to the station for a few days while the astronauts and cosmonauts change over. Two Soyuz capsules are docked to the station at all times, providing emergency “lifeboats” for the crew. Unmanned vehicles—including the Russian Progress, the European Automated Transfer Vehicle, and the.

Winds moving north, forming raylike features hundreds of miles long. ICY DIAPIRS The vertical relief in this 100-mile- (160km-) wide scene of the cantaloupe terrain is exaggerated 25 times to show the diapirs better. These rising blobs of ice are hundreds of feet high and the same across. NEPTUNE AND DESPINA This composite of several Voyager 2 images shows the shadow of Despina, one of Neptune’s small inner satellites, moving across the face of the planet. The moon, which is thought to have.

Are separated), and ionized media (where the hydrogen atoms are electrically charged). direction of Galactic Center Scorpius–Centaurus Association Gum Nebula Scorpius– Centaurus Shells Aquila Rift direction of Sun’s movement WANDERER IN THE GALAXY With a unique chemical composition and an unusual orbit, the short-period Comet Machholz (see p.181) is thought to have originated around a star. It was later ejected from its home and became an interstellar vagabond before eventually being captured.

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