Chandra's Cosmos

Chandra's Cosmos

Dark Matter, Black Holes, and Other Wonders Revealed by NASA's Premier X-ray Observatory

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On July 23, 1999, the Chandra X-Ray Observatory, the most powerful X-ray telescope ever built, was launched aboard the space shuttle Columbia. Since then, Chandra has given us a view of the universe that is largely hidden from telescopes sensitive only to visible light. In Chandra's Cosmos, the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory's Chandra science spokesperson Wallace H. Tucker uses a series of short, connected stories to describe the telescope's exploration of the hot, high-energy face of the universe. The book is organized in three parts: "The Big," covering the cosmic web, dark energy, dark matter, and massive clusters of galaxies; "The Bad," exploring neutron stars, stellar black holes, and supermassive black holes; and "The Beautiful," discussing stars, exoplanets, and life.
Publisher: Washington, DC : Smithsonian Books, [2017]
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9781588345875
1588345874
Branch Call Number: 523.1 T89c
Characteristics: 266 pages : color illustrations ; 24 cm

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Jan 11, 2018

This book reviews the first sixteen years of operation of the Chandra X-ray space telescope. The author takes the reader on a tour of galaxy clusters, supernovas, star formation and the inferences for black holes, dark matter and dark energy. Probably helps to have some background on the terminology of astrophysics and cosmology but the book is quite readable nonetheless. The book includes many plates of phenomena listed as seen by Chandra. Worth reading if you are interested.

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