Cosmic Dawn

The Search for the First Stars and Galaxies

  • George Rhee

Part of the Astronomers' Universe book series (ASTRONOM)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Prologue

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. George Rhee
      Pages 3-36
    3. George Rhee
      Pages 63-88
    4. George Rhee
      Pages 89-116
  3. The Emergence of Galaxies

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 117-117
    2. George Rhee
      Pages 119-134
    3. George Rhee
      Pages 135-152
  4. The Search for the Cosmic Dawn

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 173-173
    2. George Rhee
      Pages 175-190
    3. George Rhee
      Pages 191-212
    4. George Rhee
      Pages 213-230
    5. George Rhee
      Pages 251-265
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 267-279

About this book


The visible universe consists of stars and galaxies. One of the challenges of astronomy is to understand how galaxies and stars first came into existence over thirteen billion years ago. This book tells the story of our quest to solve this problem. Four hundred years after Galileo used his telescope to discover the  moons of Jupiter, we are using new telescopes and instruments to search for the first galaxies to form after the Big Bang. This book brings the reader to the current frontier of this subject and lays out some of the exciting developments we can expect in the years to come.


astronomical fossils studied cosmic web structures cosmology theories explained detecting first galaxies detecting first stars future space telescopes galaxy formation predictions mapping the universe next Hubble telescope next generation telescopes

Authors and affiliations

  • George Rhee
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Physics & AstronomyUniversity of NevadaLas VegasUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2013
  • Publisher Name Springer, New York, NY
  • eBook Packages Physics and Astronomy
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4614-7812-6
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4614-7813-3
  • Series Print ISSN 1614-659X
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