The Mysterious Universe

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The Mysterious Universe

Supernovae, Dark Energy, and Black Holes

By Ellen B. Jackson; Nic Bishop (Photographer)

Houghton Mifflin, Hardcover, 9780618563258, 60pp.

Publication Date: May 1, 2008

Description

The universe is rapidly expanding. Of that much scientists are certain. But how fast? And with what implications regarding the fate of the universe?
Ellen Jackson and Nic Bishop follow Dr. Alex Fillippenko and his High-Z Supernova Search Team to Mauna Kea volcano in Hawaii, where they will study space phenomena and look for supernovae, dying stars that explode with the power of billions of hydrogen bombs. Dr. Fillippenko looks for black holes--areas in space with such a strong gravitational pull that no matter or energy can escape from them--with his robotic telescope. And they study the effects of dark energy, the mysterious force that scientists believe is pushing the universe apart, causing its constant and accelerating expansion.



Praise For The Mysterious Universe

"[This] handsomely designed volume displays the joys of being fascinated by one's work.” 6/1-615/2008 Booklist, ALA

Thoughtful design adds to the pleasure of this splendid invitation to explore darker corners of the universe." 5/1/08 Kirkus Reviews, Starred

"[A] sense of adventure that readers will feel as they join a team of researchers on science's biggest frontier." School Library Journal

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