Far Out!

On November 20th, 2012, American astronomer Edwin Powell Hubble would have celebrated 123 years on Planet Earth.  Hubble's discovery and development of the concept of an expanding universe has been described as the "most spectacular astronomical discovery" of the 20th century.  As a tribute, the Hubble Space Telescope, deployed April 25, 1990, from US space shuttle Discovery, was named for him.  The Hubble Space Telescope, with a 240-centimeter mirror, was to allow astronomers to see farther into space than they had ever seen from telescopes on Earth.

Hubble imaging space and time / David Devorkin & Robert W. Smith. Hubble imaging space and time / David Devorkin.  The most famous telescope -- The realm of the Nebulae -- Into orbit -- Observing with Hubble -- The wonder of outer space / by Elizabeth Kessler -- The harvest.
Spacecam : photographing the final frontier - from Apollo to Hubble / Terry Hope. Spacecam : photographing the final frontier / Terry Hope.  Photographs of space have always been fascinating and extraordinary and never more so than now that space telescopes such as Hubble are bringing us strange and beautiful images of unimaginably distant regions of the universe, even almost to the beginning of time. Spacecam celebrates the unique perspective of cameras freed from the confines of the earth; looking back at our own colourful planet and the patterns made by coastlines, river deltas and weather patterns, the activity in our own backyard of satellites and space shuttles, exploring the solar system with stunning pictures of our nearest neighbours, and of course the cosmic ballet of deep space.
How old is the universe? / David A. Weintraub.
How old is the universe? / David A. Weintraub.  The age of objects in our solar system. 4004 BCE -- Moon rocks and meteorites -- Defying gravity -- The ages of the oldest stars. Stepping out -- Distances and light -- All stars are not the same -- Giant and dwarf stars -- Reading a Hertzsprung-Russell (H-R) diagram -- Mass -- Star clusters -- Mass matters -- White dwarfs and the age of the universe -- Ages of globular clusters and the age of the universe -- The age of the universe. Cepheids -- An irregular system of globular clusters -- The Milky Way demoted -- The trouble with gravity -- The expanding universe -- The Hubble age of the universe -- The accelerating universe -- Dark matter -- Exotic dark matter -- Hot stuff -- Two kinds of trouble -- The WMAP map of the CMB and the age of the universe -- A consistent answer.
Hubble : the mirror on the universe / Robin Kerrod and Carole Stott. Hubble : the mirror on the universe / Robin Kerrod.  Astronomer Kerrod is not exaggerating when he writes that the Hubble Space Telescope is "one of the most amazing scientific instruments ever made," and no science collection is complete without at least one book devoted to the unprecedented and universe-defining images Hubble has amassed. Kerrod provides an excellent overview of Hubble's accomplishments (along with a history of the evolution of the telescope), thoughtfully organizing the spellbinding images from space, and clearly and avidly explaining exactly which phenomena they depict.
The Hubble Space Telescope / Ray Spangenburg and Kit Moser.
The Hubble Space Telescope / Ray Spangenburg.  Spectacular visions -- A new kind of vision -- Hubble's difficult journey -- First light --Have wrench, will orbit -- The outer limits of the universe -- Stars and their life cycles -- Solar system close-ups -- Two decades of splendor -- Key Hubble discoveries : the first ten years -- History of telescopes : a timeline.
The cosmic keyhole : how astronomy is unlocking the secrets of the universe / Will Gater. The cosmic keyhole : how astronomy is unlocking the secrets of the universe / Will Gater.  Water and the search for life in our solar system -- The hardiest microbes on Earth -- The hunt for life begins -- Where does water flow? -- Our active solar system -- Cassini and its Saturnian adventure -- The hidden wanderers and a cometary meeting -- Worlds around other stars -- Planetary nurseries and dusty discs -- The discovery of extrasolar planets -- The universe at large.
Chasing Hubble's shadows : the search for galaxies at the edge of time / Jeff Kanipe. Chasing Hubble’s Shadows / Jeff Kanipe.   An excellent account of the continuing efforts of astronomers to probe the outermost limits of the observable universe. The book derives its title from something the great American astronomer Edwin Hubble once wrote: “Eventually, we reach the dim boundary—the utmost limits of our telescopes. There, we measure shadows, and we search among ghostly errors of measurement for landmarks that are scarcely more substantial.”
The universe. The complete season one [DVD-videorecording] The universe / the complete season 1 [DVD].  Disc 1: Secrets of the sun ; Mars, the red planet ; The end of the Earth, deep space threats to our planet ; Jupiter, the giant planet -- Disc 2: The moon ; Spaceship earth ; The inner planets, Mercury & Venus -- Disc 3: Saturn, lord of the rings ; Alien galaxies ; Life and death of a star ; The outer planets -- Disc 4: The most dangerous place in the universe.