Great observatories of the world

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Firefly Books, Jul 21, 2005 - Nature - 240 pages
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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.

The book also provides fascinating information on:

  • Spectroscopy and radio astronomy
  • The effects of atmosphere on astronomy
  • Coronagraphy and solar observation
  • Astronomy careers and training
  • Locations and websites of the world's 100 largest observatories.

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

Contents

From Galileos refractor to the Mount Palomar reflector
9
The Pic du Midi Observatory France
20
The Plateau de Bure Observatory France
30
The Pico de Teide Observatory Spain
36
La Pal ma Observatory Spain
43
The Effelsberg Radio Telescope Germany
52
The Arecibo Radio Telescope United States
60
The Very Large Array United States
66
The Cerro Paranal Observatory Chile
136
The Siding Spring Observatory Australia
144
The Narrabri Interferometer Australia
152
The Hubble Space Telescope United StatesEurope
161
The Newton XRay MM Space Telescope Europe
168
The Wilkinson Microwave Anisotropy Probe United States
174
The Spitzer Space Telescope United States
180
The Einstein Gravity Probe B United States
186

The Very Long Baseline Array United States
74
The Kitt Peak Observatory United States
81
The Sacramento Peak Observatory United States
89
The Starfire Optical Range United States
98
The Haleakala Observatory United States
108
The Cerro Tololo Observatory Chile
118
The Cerro Pachon Observatory Chile
124
The COROT Space Telescope FranceEurope
194
The Max Planck Surveyor Europe
200
The Space Interferometry Mission United States
208
Darwin and the Terrestrial Planet Finder International
216
The Space HyperTelescope and ExoEarth Imager International
222
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About the author (2005)

Serge Brunier is an awardwinning science journalist and author of the best-selling The Great Atlas of the Stars.

Anne-Marie Lagrange is a prominent astrophysicist associated with the Observatoire de Grenoble, France.

Catherine CĂ©sarsky is the Director General of the European Southern Observatory.

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