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More Things in the Heavens: How Infrared Astronomy Is Expanding Our View of the Universe

Michael Werner Peter Eisenhardt



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Princeton University Press
15 July 2019
Mathematics & Sciences; Philosophy of science; Scientific equipment, experiments & techniques; Astronomy, space & time; Cosmology & the universe; Space science
A sweeping tour of the infrared universe as seen through the eyes of NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope Astronomers have been studying the heavens for thousands of years, but until recently much of the cosmos has been invisible to the human eye. Launched in 2003, the Spitzer Space Telescope has brought the infrared universe into focus as never before. Michael Werner and Peter Eisenhardt are among the scientists who worked for decades to bring this historic mission to life. Here is their inside story of how Spitzer continues to carry out cutting-edge infrared astronomy to help answer fundamental questions that have intrigued humankind since time immemorial: Where did we come from? How did the universe evolve? Are we alone?

In this panoramic book, Werner and Eisenhardt take readers on a breathtaking guided tour of the cosmos in the infrared, beginning in our solar system and venturing ever outward toward the distant origins of the expanding universe. They explain how astronomers use the infrared to observe celestial bodies that are too cold or too far away for their light to be seen by the eye, to conduct deep surveys of galaxies as they appeared at the dawn of time, and to peer through dense cosmic clouds that obscure major events in the life cycles of planets, stars, and galaxies.

Featuring many of Spitzer's spectacular images, More Things in the Heavens provides a thrilling look at how infrared astronomy is aiding the search for exoplanets and extraterrestrial life, and transforming our understanding of the history and evolution of our universe.
By:   Michael Werner, Peter Eisenhardt
Imprint:   Princeton University Press
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 235mm,  Width: 155mm, 
ISBN:   9780691175546
ISBN 10:   0691175543
Pages:   288
Publication Date:   15 July 2019
Audience:   College/higher education ,  Professional and scholarly ,  Primary ,  Undergraduate
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Michael Werner is a senior research scientist at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology. He has been the lead scientist for the Spitzer Space Telescope since 1984. He lives in Pasadena, California. Peter Eisenhardt is a senior research scientist at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. He received NASA (TM)s Exceptional Scientific Achievement Medal for his work on Spitzer. He lives in Altadena, California.

Reviews for More Things in the Heavens: How Infrared Astronomy Is Expanding Our View of the Universe

More Things in the Heavens is engagingly written for general audiences, but also features a lot of substantial science--enough that I learned quite a bit, on diverse topics ranging from exoplanets to high-redshift galaxies. A pleasurable read. --Bruce T. Draine, Princeton University This is a lucid, vivid, and accessible synthesis of the cosmic discoveries made by the Spitzer telescope. Crafted with verve by two pioneering explorers of the infrared universe, it captures the excitement and enthusiasm of the thousands of scientists who contributed to this outstanding mission. --Simon Mitton, coauthor of Heart of Darkness: Unraveling the Mysteries of the Invisible Universe A magnificent tour of a wonderful history. Werner and Eisenhardt vividly describe what we saw with the Spitzer Space Telescope's small but mighty infrared eye, from distant galaxies shrouded in dust to glowing clouds making new stars and planets. Spitzer and its human masters will amaze you. --John C. Mather, Nobel Prize-winning astrophysicist This exceptional book blends good storytelling and readable prose to describe our modern view of the cosmos from the unique vantage point of the Spitzer Space Telescope. Werner and Eisenhardt have devoted three decades of their lives to Spitzer and are highly qualified to provide this account of one of NASA's most successful missions. --Ian McLean, University of California, Los Angeles Werner is fond of using the Shakespeare quote 'Though she be but little, she is fierce' to describe the Spitzer mission, and this book aptly demonstrates that a telescope less than a yard in diameter can achieve results that are fierce in revolutionizing our view of the universe. --Marcia Rieke, University of Arizona The Spitzer Space Telescope opened up a new window on the cosmos, yielding new perspectives and crucial insights into the genesis of planets, stars, and galaxies. Werner and Eisenhardt, two leading scientists who each committed decades to the project, describe these discoveries while also giving due weight to the intense planning and prolonged campaigning that turned their vision into such a spectacular success. --Martin Rees, Astronomer Royal, author of On the Future: Prospects for Humanity Had we known how wonderful the infrared is, we would have been born with infrared-sensitive eyes. Fortunately, NASA gave us just that with the Spitzer Space Telescope, and it is a joy to have Werner and Eisenhardt share with us what astronomers have discovered with it and how. From the black hole at the center of the Milky Way to the farthest galaxies and quasars, this insightful book describes how these infrared observations are revealing exciting celestial objects. --Jay M. Pasachoff, coauthor of The Cosmos: Astronomy in the New Millennium

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