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By Jean-Claude Pecker (auth.), Richard M. West (eds.)

There is not often any box of human endeavour that's extra basic than the examine of the environment. we now have continuously desired to examine what used to be at the back of our horizon, past the subsequent mountain, at the different facet of the sea, at the subsequent planet, on the finish of the Universe. we've come a ways given that our early ancestors gazed upon the sky in amazement. gigantic optical and radio telescopes now let us "see" the early epochs of the Universe, revealing phenomena past our comprehension. Spacecrafts with on-board astronomical instrumentation circle the Earth and fly to the boundaries of the sun process, delivering worthy new information regarding within reach and far-off gadgets. many of us have the intuitive feeling that it's "easier and higher" to check the Universe from above the Earth's surroundings. in spite of the fact that, this can be in simple terms partly precise in up to electromagnetic radiation of yes wavelengths (e.g. X-rays) doesn't penetrate the ambience and will merely be studied from balloons and area crafts • the appearance of space-borne astronomy has no longer made ground-based observations out of date - to the contrary, it's only due to the mix of the 2 that we have got now a greatly extra complete photo of the Universe than simply a couple of many years ago.

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