Mass Market Paperbound
640 pages, 2.71 × 1.65 × 0.42 in
April 26, 2011
Random House Publishing Group
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 0440423104
ISBN - 13: 9780440423102
About the Book
From the (new) shortest man to the longest fingernails, from the smallest bird to the largest gathering of Smurfs, "Guinness World Records 2011" collects the most amazing, inspiring, and wild record breakers yet. Original.
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Chapter 1spacecontentsA sense of scale 3Saturn 7FEATURE: Space shuttles 11The Sun 15a sense of scaleLargest spiral galaxy Discovered in 1986, from photographs taken by the Anglo-Australian astronomer David Malin, and later named after him, Malin 1 is a spiral galaxy some 1.1 billion light-years away. In terms of its diameter, it is the largest known spiral galaxy in the Universe, measuring around 650,000 light-years across-several times the size of our Milky Way, which has a diameter of around 100,000 light-years. Malin 1 contains some 50 billion suns' worth of free- floating hydrogen.Largest globular cluster Omega Centauri, in the southern constellation of Centaurus, is the most massive of the roughly 140 globular clusters surrounding our galaxy. Consisting of several million stars with a combined mass equivalent to 5 million suns, it is visible to the naked eye as a hazy star. However big this might seem, it would still take around a thousand Omega Centauris to equal just one spiral galaxy such as the galaxy in which we live, the Milky Way.Largest star Due to the physical difficulties in directly measuring the size of a distant star, not all astronomers agree on the largest star, but the most likely candidate is VY Canis Majoris, a red supergiant some 5,000 light-years away. Estimates of its size give it a diameter of between 1.55 and 1.86 billion miles (2.5-3 billion km). If placed at the center of the Solar System, its outer surface would reach beyond the orbit of Jupiter
From the Publisher
From the (new) shortest man to the longest fingernails, from the smallest bird to the largest gathering of Smurfs—if a world record has been created or surpassed, it’s here!
Guinness World Records™ 2011 gathers the most amazing, inspiring, and wild record breakers yet. Filled with don’t-try-this-at-home human achievements, natural and technological wonders, incredible feats in sports and entertainment, and much more, this fully updated edition introduces thrilling new records and incredible facts that will fascinate young and old alike. Did you know . . .
• The most tattooed senior citizen is Tom Leppard (U.K.), who at seventy-four years of age has 99.9 percent of his body covered?
• Afghanistan now shares with Iraq the record as the most land-mined country in the world, with an estimated total of ten million mines each?
• The big-eared fennec fox has a novel way of cooling down in its Saharan home? When the temperature reaches 100 degrees Fahrenheit, the fox loses heat by panting at a rapid rate of 690 breaths per minute.
And that’s just a hint of what you’ll find inside this addictive book, including new photos and spreads on TV’s diamond anniversary (75 years of record-breaking shows), pop culture (including 3-D films), and Mr. World Record Breaker Ashrita Furman—plus fun quiz questions that will put your skills to the test.