Night Vision: Exploring the Infrared Universe

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Cambridge University Press, Apr 8, 2013 - Science - 251 pages
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Drawing on exciting discoveries of the last forty years, Night Vision explores how infrared astronomy, an essential tool for modern astrophysics and cosmology, helps astronomers reveal our universe's most fascinating phenomena - from the birth of stars in dense clouds of gas, to black holes and distant colliding galaxies, and the traffic of interstellar dust from the formation of our Solar System. While surveying the progress in infrared observation, astronomer Michael Rowan-Robinson introduces readers to the pioneering scientists and engineers who painstakingly developed infrared astronomy over the past two hundred years. Accessible and well-illustrated, this comprehensive volume is written for the interested science reader, amateur astronomer, or university student, while researchers in astronomy and the history of science will find Rowan-Robinson's detailed notes and references a valuable resource.
 

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Contents

William Herschel Opens Up the Invisible Universe
15
Clouds of Dust
59
The Cosmic Microwave Background Echo of the Big Bang
73
The Cosmic Background Explorer and the Ripples
109
Our Solar Systems Dusty Debris Disk and the Search
155
Pioneering Space Missions and Giant
168
Epilogue
185
Credits for Illustrations
203
Name Index
247
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Michael Rowan-Robinson served as Head of Astrophysics at Imperial College, London, from 1993 to 2007 and as President of the Royal Astronomical Society from 2006 to 2008. He has received numerous awards for his work in infrared and submillimetre astronomy, including the first Institute of Physics Hoyle Medal in 2008. He worked on the IRAS, ISO, Spitzer, and Herschel missions and was involved in the pioneering submillimetre observations of the 1970s.

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