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Expanding Universe. Photographs from the Hubble Space Telescope


Expanding Universe. Photographs from the Hubble Space Telescope


With investigations into everything from black holes to exoplanets, the Hubble Telescope has changed not only the face of astronomy, but also our very sense of being in the universe. On the 25th anniversary of its launch into low-earth orbit, TASCHEN celebrates its most breathtaking deep space images both as scientific feats and as photographic masterpieces.

Ultra high-resolution and taken with almost no background light, these pictures have answered some of the most compelling questions of time and space, while also revealing new mysteries, like the strange “dark energy” that sees the universe expanding at an ever-accelerated rate. Now, the precision of the telescope is matched with the precision of TASCHEN reproduction standards, allowing the images to mesmerize in their iridescent colors and vast, fragile forms.

The collection is accompanied by an essay from photography critic Owen Edwards and an interview with Zoltan Levay, who explains how the pictures are composed. Veteran Hubble astronauts Charles F. Bolden, Jr. and John Mace Grunsfeld also offer their insights on Hubble’s legacy and future space exploration.

The contributors:

Owen Edwards
has written about photography for 30 years for numerous publications including American Photographer, New York Times Magazine, and Smithsonian.

Zoltan Levay
is Imaging Lead at the Space Telescope Science Institute. He works with astronomers and communicators worldwide to publicize science results from NASA's Hubble Space Telescope.

How the Hubble Space Telescope's stunning colour images are created

The dazzling photographs we see from the Hubble telescope actually start out as black and white images. In this interview, Zoltan Levay, imaging team leader at the Space Telescope Science Institute, and contributor to Expanding Universe, explains the process from monochrome to iridescent fluorescence.

Expanding Universe. Photographs from the Hubble Space Telescope
Owen Edwards, Zoltan Levay
Hardcover with fold-outs, printed on two different paper stocks, 30 x 30 cm, 260 pages
ISBN 978-3-8365-4922-6
Multilingual Edition: English, French, German


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