Picture This!

Grasping the Dimensions of Time and Space

  • Michael Carroll

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Our Place in the Cosmos

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  3. Our Place in Time: How Our Concepts Have Evolved

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 165-165
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  4. Back Matter
    Pages 191-192

About this book


Astronomical concepts can be truly hard to comprehend, especially those of planetary sizes and distances from Earth and from each other. These concepts are made more comprehensible by the group of illustrations in this book, which put, in scale, side by side extraterrestrial objects with objects on Earth we can more easily relate to. For example, study the pictures of Earth floating above Jupiter’s Great Red Spot and the asteroid Itokawa resting beside Toronto’s CN Tower. These mind-bending images bring things better into perspective and will help you understand the size and scale of our Solar System. In later chapters, you will be told how close the visionaries of the past came to guessing what today’s explorers would find. Astronomer/painter Lucien Rudaux’s masterpieces of Mars dust storms anticipated Viking and Mars rover images by nearly a century. Space artist Ludek Pesek envisioned astronauts setting up camp on the lunar surface in scenes hauntingly similar to photos taken by Apollo astronauts decades later. But the real benefit of this work is in better grasping the nature of our universe -- how big it is, now large it is, and how we fit into it.


Asteroid Size Human Scale of Universe Moon Size Planetary Scale Relative Scale of Astronomical Objects Size of Celestial Objects Space Art Space Exploration History Star Size

Authors and affiliations

  • Michael Carroll
    • 1
  1. 1.LittletonUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2016
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Physics and Astronomy
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-24905-6
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-24907-0
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