How the Planets, Stars, Galaxies, and the Universe Began

  • Stephen Eales

Part of the Astronomers’ Universe Series book series (ASTRONOM)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Planets

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Pages 3-33
    3. Pages 59-82
  3. Stars

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 83-83
    2. Pages 85-112
    3. Pages 113-139
  4. Galaxies

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 141-141
    2. Pages 143-175
    3. Pages 177-210
  5. The Universe

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 211-211
    2. Pages 241-261
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 263-284

About this book


The biggest questions in astronomy are those of how the planets, stars, galaxies, and the Universe were formed. ORIGINS describes how over the last decade, astronomers have discovered the probable answers to three of these fundamental questions.

Starting with the space missions that have uncovered the haphazard history of our own planetary system, this book travels into space and backwards in time, describing the discovery of other planetary systems and their connection to extraterrestrial life. The first moments in the life of a star are covered, along with the birth of galaxies, and the biggest question of all - the origin of the Universe itself.

ORIGINS also tells the human stories behind the discoveries: the astronomers who searched for Planet X but lost a planet, the cosmic archaeologists who deciphered the history of galaxies, and of boomerang, the telescope that came back and showed that space is flat.


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Authors and affiliations

  • Stephen Eales
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Physics and AstronomyCardiff UniversityCardiffUK

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag London Limited 2007
  • Publisher Name Springer, London
  • eBook Packages Physics and Astronomy
  • Print ISBN 978-1-84628-401-4
  • Online ISBN 978-1-84628-700-8
  • Series Print ISSN 1614-659X
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