Great observatories of the world
Comprehensive profiles of the 57 most important observatories in the world, including 10 space-based telescopes.
Great Observatories of the World is a comprehensive tour of the 57 leading observatories located in the United States, Europe, Chile, Australia, India, Japan and the vast reaches of space.
The book begins with a brief and engaging history of the telescope and observatories. It covers 36 Earth-based observatories and their history, mission, type of telescope and other observatory equipment, and significant discoveries.
It then features 10 space-based observatories, including the Hubble Space Telescope and the Chandra X-Ray Telescope, which have been mounted on space probes to monitor some of the universe's most mysterious events.
The final section covers 11 observatories of the future, including both Earth-based and space-based telescopes, and how partnerships between nations and private institutions fund ambitious projects of unprecedented size and responsiveness.
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Great Observatories of the World is profusely illustrated with photographs of the observatories as well as dramatic images of the universe they explore.
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Originally published in France in 2002 as Les Grands Observatoires du Monde , this folio-sized book profiles 36 of the world's most important earthbound observatories as well as ten space-based ... Read full review
From Galileos refractor to the Mount Palomar reflector
The Pic du Midi Observatory France
The Plateau de Bure Observatory France
The Pico de Teide Observatory Spain
La Pal ma Observatory Spain
The Effelsberg Radio Telescope Germany
The Arecibo Radio Telescope United States
The Very Large Array United States
The Cerro Paranal Observatory Chile
The Siding Spring Observatory Australia
The Narrabri Interferometer Australia
The Hubble Space Telescope United StatesEurope
The Newton XRay MM Space Telescope Europe
The Wilkinson Microwave Anisotropy Probe United States
The Spitzer Space Telescope United States
The Einstein Gravity Probe B United States
The Very Long Baseline Array United States
The Kitt Peak Observatory United States
The Sacramento Peak Observatory United States
The Starfire Optical Range United States
The Haleakala Observatory United States
The Cerro Tololo Observatory Chile
The Cerro Pachon Observatory Chile
The COROT Space Telescope FranceEurope
The Max Planck Surveyor Europe
The Space Interferometry Mission United States
Darwin and the Terrestrial Planet Finder International
The Space HyperTelescope and ExoEarth Imager International