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Far Out: A Space-Time Chronicle

Every bit as innovative and beautiful as the author's successful Beyond: Visions of the Interplanetary Probes (Abrams) but far grander in conception, Far Out is an inspiring work of art and science on the cutting edge of human perception.
by Staff Writers
New York NY (SPX) Aug 19, 2009
Far Out: A Space-Time Chronicle [Abrams; November 2009; hardcover], by author and filmmaker Michael Benson, assembles an outstanding collection of astronomical images from observatories around the world and in space. This fantastically illustrated and authoritatively written journey into the universe arrives in November 2009, the International Year of Astronomy, and the 400th anniversary of the invention of the telescope.

We live in a golden age of astronomical observation. For this book, Benson has culled the very best images captured, and organized them in a thrilling journey through space and time to the universe's great places, ranging from "nearby" nebulae in our own Milky Way galaxy to the light of the Hubble Deep Field that has traveled billions of light-years.

Some of the photographs are well known, and have inspired millions of people; others, equally breathtaking, have never been published before.

Through the vivid images and compelling text of Far Out, our minds voyage effortlessly into deep space. To help keep the reader oriented, Benson provides a diagrammatic scale to measure distances in time and space that is based on the history of our Earth. Far Out carves a clear path to follow, touring the reader through seemingly unfathomable, spectacularly beautiful, space.

Written "chronologically backward," Far Out starts readers at contemporary Earth and travels with them deeper and deeper into the Universe, tracing space back in time, to scenes that occurred millions, sometimes billions of years in the past, but which we on Earth have the privilege to see only now.

Every bit as innovative and beautiful as the author's successful Beyond: Visions of the Interplanetary Probes (Abrams) but far grander in conception, Far Out is an inspiring work of art and science on the cutting edge of human perception.

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