As the title should indicate, ‘Stargazing: Photographs Of The Night Sky From The Archives Of NASA’, we are seeing photos from their archives. This covers everything from the Hubble Telescope to the International Space Station to the launches of the space shuttles. From these you see phenomenon from Earth overhead to the various nebulas and so on. A wealth of photographs are texted by Nirmala Nataraj, putting everything into perspective.
Some of the photos are done putting things into perspective and seeing different lights in the night sky but it does put things into perspective by their size. I think with some of these on the text page with photos from Earth there might have been some information as to where to look in the sky to see them, assuming you’re in the right hemisphere.
Oddly, when we see various photos of the Moon, we are shown it from the Northern Hemisphere and told in the Southern Hemisphere that they see Moon upside down. I guess we have to turn the book upside down to get the Australian view but it would be nice to see a proper photo in context with the right background just to get the right feel.
There are also a lot of photos of the aurora borealis from a variety of angles. By angles, I mean not just from Earth but from the ISS looking down showing how far it truly spreads out further giving information about the shape it really is. Think more like a wedge. When it comes to eclipses, they are also seen from a variety of perspectives.
This is a book that you have to read and absorb the photos over a period. Picking out favourites is a lot tougher. Oddly, the end of the book is almost a finale where you want to have more which is always a good idea.
(pub: Chronicle Books. 127 page illustrated oblong hardback. Price: £25.00 (UK), $35.00 (US). ISBN: 978-1-4521-7489-1)
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