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p. 968. Space telescopeslocked

  • Geoff Cottrell

Abstract

The last seven decades have seen telescopes launched into space, vastly enhancing the crispness of the images they produce and expanding the range of observable wavelengths to include UV, X- and gamma-ray wavelengths. ‘Space telescopes’ shows how the information gleaned from them has enabled us to make new discoveries and form much more complete astrophysical models. It documents the development of space telescopes—including the Hubble Space Telescope—and highlights key discoveries, such as cosmic microwave background radiation, the results of which have profound implications for cosmology. The Standard Cosmological Model is known as ‘lambda cold dark matter’, containing three main ingredients: baryonic matter, cold dark matter (the unknown form of gravitating matter), and the mysterious dark energy.

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