Space Telescopes: Capturing the Rays of the Electromagnetic Spectrum

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Springer, Nov 8, 2016 - Science - 312 pages
Space telescopes are among humankind’s greatest scientific achievements of the last fifty years. This book describes the instruments themselves and what they were designed to discover about the Solar System and distant stars. Exactly how these telescopes were built and launched and the data they provided is explored.
Only certain kinds of radiation can penetrate our planet's atmosphere, which limits what we can observe. But with space telescopes all this changed. We now have the means to "see" beyond Earth using ultraviolet, microwave, and infrared rays, X-rays and gamma rays.
In this book we meet the pioneers and the telescopes that were built around their ideas. This book looks at space telescopes not simply chronologically but also in order of the electromagnetic spectrum, making it possible to understand better why they were made.
 

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Contents

Light Natures Great Information Superhighway
1
The Hubble Space Telescope Trials and Triumphs
23
Hubble The Peoples Telescope
47
The Infrared Universe
62
The Gamma Ray Universe
79
The Universe Through Ultraviolet Eyes
101
The XRay Universe
121
Probing the Microwave Sky
168
Empire of the Sun
187
Measuring the Heavens
246
Looking to the Future The James Webb Space Telescope
283
Useful Websites on Space Telescopes
300
Glossary
301
Bibliography
307
Index
309
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Dr. Neil English is an Irish citizen with a BSc in Physics & Astronomy, and also a PhD in Biochemistry. He is a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society, and a regular contributor to Astronomy Now (the UK’s major astronomy magazine), as well as to Ireland's Astronomy & Space. Dr. English’s astronomical images have been published in various magazines and journals, including a full page in the June 2006 issue of Astronomy. Dr. English has, and continues to, make contributions to Cloudy Nights in the form of several detailed telescope reviews. He is the author of Guide to Mars (Pole Star Publications, 2003) and he has three books published by Springer: Choosing and Using a Refracting Telescope (2010), Choosing and Using a Dobsonian Telescope (2011), Classic Telescopes (2012). His fourth book with Springer is Grab ‘n’ Go Astronomy (2014). Dr. English currently has (among other instruments) a large 12-inch Dobsonian which he uses on the darkest, steadiest nights at his home in rural Scotland.

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