Review: Galaxy

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Galaxy by Stuart Clark

Publisher: Quercus
Price: £25
Format: Hardback

Galaxy

Want a widescreen look at the Universe?

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There’s no need for a DVD.

This big new book by Stuart Clark, subtitled ‘Exploring The Milky Way’, gathers almost 500 multi-wavelength colour images from the world’s leading telescopes.

Split into four main sections, Clark takes us on a journey in time and space, from the Cosmic Microwave Background to our unmanned explorations of the Solar System.

The images are the highlight of the book and are truly breathtaking.

Displayed in the best way possible – large, full-page spreads – you have to take a step back to get the full view.

Short, informative captions put things into perspective to help you understand what you’re looking at and its role in the Universe.

A small number of pixelated images are a shame, but don’t take anything away from what is a truly spectacular book.

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This certainly isn’t light reading – in the strictest possible sense. At 37cm x 28cm and over 3cm thick it’s large and weighs a good few kilos. But it’s well worth struggling to pick up.

Rating 5/5


Vincent Whiteman is an amateur astronomer and journalist