Good Reading : November 2007
NOVEMBER 2007 ı goodreading 47 This mosaic image of the magnificent starburst galaxy, Messier 82 (M82), is the sharpest wide-angle view ever obtained of M82. It is a galaxy remarkable for its webs of shredded clouds and flame-like plumes of glowing hydrogen blasting out from its central regions where young stars are being born 10 times faster than they are in our Milky Way Galaxy. Digital composition of a satellite view of planet Mars showing details of its ice clouds above volcanoes, and the disturbances around the North polar region. Getty Images: Photographer’s Choice Universe, chief consultant Professor Fred Watson, with a foreword by Sir Patrick Moore, is published by ABC Books, rrp $120.00 (complete with slip- case and DVD). All images and captions reproduced with the permission of the publisher. The image on the front cover of the book is a Hubble Space Telescope image of the Orion nebula. coffee table This mosaic image taken by the Cassini spacecraft shows the subtle colour variations across the rings of Saturn. Ring shadows are cast against the blue Northern hemisphere where the planet’s shadow makes its way across the rings. Amazing snapshot of the solar corona taken by SOHO (Solar and Heliospheric Observatory). The Sun’s corona is a plasma and can reach temperatures greater than 1 million° K. The North and South poles clearly show up as ‘cooler’ regions.
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