Welcome to the Universe in 3D: A Visual Tour

Welcome to the Universe in 3D, the ideal gift for star gazers of all ages, brings readers a built-in stereo viewer--a portable Hubble Space Telescope of sorts, built into a fold-out section of the book--that enables a 3D tour of the universe. Armchair astronomers can peer through the stereo viewer, page through nearly 60 double images of the solar system and take in three-dimensional images from as far away as 13.8 billion light years. Neil deGrasse Tyson (Astrophysics for People in a Hurry; StarTalk) and three other astrophysicists--J. Richard Gott, Michael A. Strauss and Robert J. Vanderbei--succinctly explain each dazzling image, which include Earth's neighboring planets, a black hole, the Coma cluster of galaxies and a quasar two billion light years away. A helpful glossary explains such concepts as the Big Bang, exploding supernovas and white dwarfs. Cheaper than a telescope, this is a marvelous introduction to astronomy. --Kevin Howell, independent reviewer and marketing consultant

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