State of the Universe 2008: New Images, Discoveries, and Events

Paperback | December 6, 2007

byMartin Ratcliffe

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The aim of the State of the Universe annuals is to provide an annual astronomy review suitable for the popular science level reader to be published every September in a format that will be suitable for, and appeal to, the Christmas market. The book will cover all major astronomical news on topics beyond the Solar System and place them in the context of the longer term goals of astronomers and astrophysicists around the world. The aim is to capture the excitement and vibrancy of modern astronomical research. This section also includes web links for all major news stories, providing a bridge between the public news stories and the actual research web sites.Chapter 1 - 'A Year in News and Pictures', written by Martin Ratcliffe, appears every year and makes up the first half of the annual. It will present brief summaries of the major announcements, discoveries and news items from that year, with the major ones being explained in detail through later chapters written by invited contributors who are at the forefront of research in these fields. The January meeting of the American Astronomical Society each year will be the major source of astronomical news for the following year's volume, giving access to potential authors and contacts with public information officers of major observatories, space centers, etc.The invited contributions which make up the second half of the annual each year will cover a variety of topics and are written to appeal to a wide readership. These are written by leading astronomers or science writers. One feature introduced in the first volume, the overall review of the State of the Universe by Dr Jim Kaler will be retained for State of the Universe 2008. The set of appendices at the end of the book will include a list of launches of major astronomical observatories/satellites during the past year; a list of planned future astronomical satellites; basic data on all astronomical observatories currently in operation with web links for the reader who wishes to find out more.

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The aim of the State of the Universe annuals is to provide an annual astronomy review suitable for the popular science level reader to be published every September in a format that will be suitable for, and appeal to, the Christmas market. The book will cover all major astronomical news on topics beyond the Solar System and place them ...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:192 pages, 10.98 × 8.27 × 0 inPublished:December 6, 2007Publisher:PraxisLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0387716742

ISBN - 13:9780387716749

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Table of Contents

Authors Preface.- Monthly News.- American Astronomical Society Conference update: Martin Ratcliffe.- Features.- The state of the universe: James Kaler.- Topic under review: Carolyn C Petersen.- Formation of planetary systems: James Graham and Paul Kalas.- Chandra review: Wallace Tucker.- NRAO story: David Finlay.- Sloan Digital Sky Survey: Timothy Beers.- The state of the Hubble Space Telescope (servicing mission): Chris Blades.- The state of funding for science: Phil Plait.- Scale of the Universe: Alex Filippenko.- 400 years of the Telescope: Roger Angel.- Star formation: Lisa Rebull.- Current Optical Telescopes.- Future Telescopes.- Current Radio, IR and Sub-millimeter Telescopes.- Future Radio, IR and Sub-millimeter Telescopes.- Optical Interferometers.- Space observatories.

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From the reviews:"This softback volume brings together 100 of the most significant astronomy-related press releases that were issued between 2006 April and 2007 March, together with full-colour reproductions of the relevant illustrations. . this compilation by writer and educator Martin Ratcliffe is a welcome reference. . Written by recognized experts in their field, these articles cover such diverse topics as 'The history and future of telescopes', 'The state of the Universe', and 'Building planetary disks'." (Peter Bond, The Observatory, Vol. 128 (1204), 2008)"A book that collates and presents a whole year's worth of news stories . . The succinct nature of these news stories captures the essence of the research, and for those who wish to read up more about each subject, web links to the original press release or even the scientific paper are provided, making this an excellent resource . . Anyone wanting a year book style review of the current state of affairs in the Universe . will enjoy reading this book." (Emily Baldwin, Astronomy Now, July, 2008)