Space, Stars, and the Beginning of Time: What the Hubble Telescope Saw
by Elaine Scott
Have you ever wished you could travel back in time? Or visit a galaxy light-years away? Or see a star being born? The Hubble telescope has allowed scientists to do just that. The Hubble’s dazzling images have transformed astronomy, shedding light on the deepest mysteries of the cosmos, sparking new discoveries and turning speculation into fact. Its gaze has helped astronom...more
Hardcover, 72 pages
Published January 24th 2011 by Clarion Books
(first published November 15th 2010)
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The photography alone is enough to make this book noteworthy, however, Scott's attention to the topic, from the context surrounding the first spyglass to revealing the age of the universe, makes this an engaging read. Granted, you'll want to note the need for an errata regarding the first chapter due to a death date error for Keppler (she has him dying 29 years too soon and it disrupts the chronology of the history of the telescope. - Use it as an example of critical reading and how to check acr...more
“Space, Stars, and the Beginning of Time: What the Hubble Telescope Saw” by Elaine Scott is a fascinating book for fourth graders. This book is very factual and targeted for advanced readers. The book begins by explaining the telescope and who invented it and then moves onto explaining other instruments used in space. From there the author moves onto talking about the first astronaut launch. Many facts are given and this book is extremely insightful on historical events. The author explained how...more
Gorgeously illustrated tribute to the Hubble Space Telescope, focusing (sorry) on its history and what we have discovered about the universe with its help. The author has a great track record with books about space and I enjoyed this as a sort of overview of some of the hot topics in astronomy these days...but there are some troubling flubs: a significant misfrint of "billion" where she should have written "million," a (stunning!) photo of the Carina Nebula that purports to show a "gas jet" (but...more
Dec 23, 2010 Donalyn rated it 4 of 5 stars
The complete history of the Hubble Telescope, "the people's telescope, and the history of astronomy in general. This book includes amazing photographs taken from the Hubble. A great research resource or guide for stargazers and future astronauts.
These kinds of books always leave me in awe and make my brain hurt slightly with theories of the ever expanding universe. This one is no exception. Well written so that you never feel like you are in the middle of a long boring science lecture, this book presents all the information in an accessible interesting way. The photos that the Hubble has taken are unbelievable. The discoveries made thanks to those photos are equally staggering. The amount of work it takes to keep this thing running and...more
Dec 13, 2011 Joan rated it 5 of 5 stars Recommends it for: science fans
What a gorgeous book, using the stunning Hubble photos, and what a great expression of excitement this book conveys about it's subject! It is a relatively small book but covers the topic very well.
This is a brief yet satisfying history of the Hubble Telescope. My favorite aspect of this book is that even though the language is plain and easy to understand, nothing is dumbed down. The concepts are complex yet worded in a way that makes them accessible to any layman. For one, the "planet recipe" was mind-blowingly simple, easy to understand and more fun than any explanation in any textbook I ever had in school, loved it.