Mass Market Paperbound
640 pages, 2.72 × 1.65 × 0.39 in
April 27, 2010
Random House Publishing Group
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 0553593374
ISBN - 13: 9780553593372
About the Book
From the most searched-for person on the Internet to the youngest billionaire, "Guinness World Records" gathers the most remarkable, inspirational, and wacky record breakers yet from every corner of the globe--and even beyond the solar system. Original.
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Chapter OneSPACECONTENTSDEEP SPACE 3EXTRA-SOLAR PLANETS 9EXPLORING THE SOLAR SYSTEM 12MARS 16DEEP SPACEHOldest brown dwarf Brown dwarfs are "failed stars," much like gas supergiants that never became large enough to produce the internal pressures necessary for nuclear fusion. One brown dwarf in the sparse halo surrounding our galaxy (the Milky Way) is 2MASS 1626+3925. Measurements of the weak infrared light it emits suggest that this failed star is around 10 billion years old: more than twice as old as our Solar System.HShortest distance between two black holes In March 2009, astronomers reported that the quasar (short for "quasi-stellar object") SDSS J153636.22+044127.0, a galaxy emitting vast quantities of electromagnetic energy, appears to contain two black holes (a binary black hole) at its center. The black holes weigh the equivalent of around 50 million and 20 million Suns, respectively, yet are separated by only one-third of a light-year.HDensest galaxies Ultra Compact Dwarf (UCD) galaxies are a class of galaxy discovered in 1999 by a team of astrophysicists led by Dr. Michael Drinkwater (Australia). Dozens of UCD galaxies, which are possibly leftover building blocks that once formed much larger galaxies, are now known to astronomers. These small galaxies contain around a hundred million stars in a space just 200 light-years across, but astronomers suggest that billions of years ago these galaxies had a density of perhaps one million stars per cubic light year-one mill
From the Publisher
From the most searched-for person on the Internet to the youngest billionaire, from the shortest film title to the longest nose—if a world record has been created or surpassed, it’s here!
Guinness World Records™ 2010 gathers the most remarkable, inspirational, and wacky record breakers yet from every corner of the globe—and even beyond the solar system. Filled with don’t-try-this-at-home human achievements, natural and technological wonders, incredible feats in sports and entertainment, and much more, this updated edition introduces exciting new records and unbelievable facts that will captivate the imagination. Did you know . . .
• To celebrate the launch of its new route from Dubai, UAE, to Sao Paulo, Brazil, the Emirates airline aired a TV commercial that was 14 hours and 40 minutes long—the same length as the journey itself?
• The deadliest mountain of them all is Annapurna I, where 41 percent of climbers die striving for the peak?
• The Detroit Lions hold the record for most losses in an NFL season, ending the 2008 season with a 0–16 record?
And that’s just a hint of what you’ll find inside this amazing book, including striking all-new photos and new sections on seemingly unbreakable records, unusual rituals from around the globe and other wild events celebrating the first decade of the twenty-first century—plus information on how you too can join the Guinness World Records family, and offers on free downloadable content, from videos to wallpapers.