Deep Space is published in the UK

06 March, 2008

My latest book, Deep Space, is published by Quercus and now available throughout the UK.


From the dust jacket:
“What are time and space? When and how did the universe begin – and how will it end? Why has such a rich variety of celestial objects come into being? And was life an inevitable development in the cosmos?


The answers to our most profound questions lie in the depths of space. To look here is, in effect, to look back in time, because we see the light emitted long ago from distant stars and galaxies. As we stare deeper into space, we also gaze further into the past – back towards the beginning of the universe itself.


Now Deep Space allows us to see, with our own eyes, the mysterious objects and phenomena that inhabit the far reaches of the cosmos and the earliest times of existence.


Each of this book’s ten chapters explains one big idea in humanity’s study of the origins and evolution of the universe. These fundamental concepts include the big bang and the expanding universe; the formation of stars and planets; the anatomy and lifecycle of a galaxy; the existence of black holes and supermassive black holes; gravity and Einstein’s Theory of Relativity; dark matter and dark energy; the cosmic web of galaxies; and theories of how the universe will end.


Clearly introduced by Dr. Stuart Clark’s straightforward commentary, these cornerstones in our understanding of the universe are exemplified by a multitude of stunning images and diagrams.


Within Deep Space are over 250 of the very latest and clearest images of the cosmos, provided by the Hubble Space Telescope and other, even more advanced, viewing technologies. These cosmic exotica include: spiral, elliptical, lenticular, ring and irregular galaxies; nebulae and supernova; white dwarfs; quasars; colliding galaxies; star formation and stellar nurseries; dying and exploding stars; planets and the solar system; the large-scale structure of the cosmos; and even images that give evidence of the great ‘invisibles’ of the universe – black holes, dark matter and dark energy.”


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Mars and Venus are surprisingly similar

05 March, 2008

I have a new story published at ESA.


“Using two ESA spacecraft, planetary scientists are watching the atmospheres of Mars and Venus being stripped away into space. The simultaneous observations by Mars Express and Venus Express give scientists the data they need to investigate the evolution of the two planets’ atmospheres. …”


Read the full story for free here.


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Galaxy Zoo: The Results

23 February, 2008

I have a new feature article in March’s BBC Sky At Night magazine.


“Stuart Clark reveals how amateurs have shed new light on the Universe.”

 

Read the full story in the March 2008 issue of BBC Sky At Night. Visit them online here.


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Ulysses mission coming to a natural end

22 February, 2008

I have another story published by ESA:


“Ulysses, the mission to study the Sun’s poles and the influence of our star on surrounding space is coming to an end. After more than 17 years in space – almost four times its expected lifetime – the mission is finally succumbing to its harsh environment and is likely to finish sometime in the next month or two. …”

 

You can read the full story here for free.


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The light and dark of Venus

21 February, 2008

I have a new story published by ESA:


“Venus Express has revealed a planet of extraordinarily changeable and extremely large-scale weather. Bright hazes appear in a matter of days, reaching from the south pole to the low southern latitudes and disappearing just as quickly. Such ‘global weather’, unlike anything on Earth, has given scientists a new mystery to solve. …”

 

You can read the full story here for free.


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Integral: Stellar winds colliding at our cosmic doorstep

20 February, 2008

Another new story published at ESA:


“ESA’s Integral has made the first unambiguous discovery of high-energy X-rays coming from a rare massive star at our cosmic doorstep, Eta Carinae. It is one of the most violent places in the galaxy, producing vast winds of electrically charged particles colliding at speeds of thousands of kilometres per second. …”

 

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