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.
ISBN 978-3-8365-4922-6 Multilingual Edition: English, French, German
“…a special collection of images to give us some sense of place within the universe… Expanding Universe is a gorgeous volume. Each image is, in the original sense of the word, awesome. There are not many books that can leave you breathless, but this is certainly one of them.”
“…a stunning 260-page compendium of visually and scientifically significant images.”
— Good Magazine, New York
“Just when you thought you’d seen the last coffee-table book on the Hubble Space Telescope, along comes another one… For those who think that the hard-copy book is dead, think again! It’s clear from the moment you open this book that it is something different: the quality of the dust jacket and the thickness of the cover board testify to that. The majority of the book is printed on smooth, glossy paper that really shows off the Hubble’s images, but the introductory and closing sections feature a parchment-like material that, while less good for imagery, gives a feeling (quite literally) of quality. Indeed, some of the spreads feel almost as expansive as the universe they depict: this is a large format book (approx. 30cm square), so when you open out the larger panoramic spreads you need a desk – or indeed coffee table – that’s almost four feet wide!”
— Satellite Evolution Group, London
“…With nearly 100 of the most iconic and mesmerizing images in Hubble’s vast archives, including four spectacular fold-out photos, Expanding Universe. Photographs from the Hubble Space Telescope is truly a celebration of Hubble’s success. The perfect present for astronomy, photography or art enthusiasts, this coffee-table book is not just a collection of exquisite photographs but a marker of how far we have come in understanding our place in a vast and magnificent universe.”
— Physics World Magazine, London
“The slick ‘high tech’ aesthetic so prevalent in space science publications has been replaced with the look and feel of a classic folio [and] glossy images of galaxies and nebulae are surrounded by black matte borders that protect the art from fingerprints…”
— Sky and Telescope
“Hubble brought the universe into our backyards.”
— Neil deGrasse Tyson
“Mesmerizing photos that will make you reevaluate your place in the universe.”
“…truly extraordinary. If you love [Hubble] pictures, you need this book.”
— Slate.com, New York
“Prepare to be awed! The Hubble telescope has flung open the doors to our universe, in all its majesty and wonder. This book literally puts the cosmos in your hands.”
— James Cameron
“…a gorgeous volume. Each image is, in the original sense of the word, awesome. There are not many books that can leave you breathless, but this is certainly one of them.”