Book Review: Hubble's Universe: Greatest Discoveries and Latest Images by Terence Dickinson

by DerdriuMarriner

Hubble's Universe by Terence Dickinson gives readers the most photogenic of 1,000,000+ images of 38,000+ celestial objects tracked by the world-famous Hubble Space Telescope.

Hubble brings Earthlings the brightest, faintest, furthest objects

Hubble's Universe: Greatest Discoveries and Latest Images by Terence Dickinson acts as an image-filled, information-rich guide to the conception, installation, and service of the low Earth-orbiting Hubble Space Telescope from 1990 onward.

The author brings to scientific writing tables credentials as:
• astronomer at the Royal Ontario Museum's McLaughlin Planetarium of Toronto, Canada, and the Strasenburgh Planetarium of Rochester, New York;
• editor of the Canadian astronomy magazine SkyNews;
• namesake of Asteroid 5272 Dickinson; and
• writer of 15 astronomy books.

The telescope commemorates Edwin Powell Hubble (1889 - 1953) as:
• astronomer of Mount Wilson, California;
• discoverer of galaxies as remote super-systems of billions of stars;
• interpreter of the universe's expansion rate; and
• skywatcher through the 100-inch (254-centimeter) Hooker telescope.




Hubble conveys sharp details between, beyond, within galaxies


The Hubble Space Telescope dates to:

  • 1951, for conceptualization of an Earth-orbiting, sky-surveying, universe-peering telescope in Arthur C. Clarke’s (December 16, 1917 – March 19, 2008) The Exploration of Space;
  • 1970s, for construction;
  • 1983, for designation; and
  • 1986, for relegation to storage after the Challenger shuttle’s post-launch break-up in January.

Ground-bounded existences end in April 1990 when the Hubble’s space-bound agenda starts thanks to being part of the shuttle missions. Repairs and upgrades 341.75 miles (550 kilometers) above Earth in 1993, 1997, 1999, 2002, and 2009 find the bus-shaped, twelve-ton Hubble still part of the Great Space Observatory with:

  • the high Earth-orbiting Chandra X-ray Observatory from 1999 onward; and
  • the infrared-observing, sun-orbiting Spitzer Space Telescope from 2003 onward. 


Chandra X-ray Observatory: the most sensitive X-ray telescope ever built

Third of NASA's four Great Observatories honors Punjabi American astrophysicist Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar (October 19, 1910 – August 21, 1995)
NASA/CXC/NGST (NASA/Chandra X-Ray Center/Next Generation Space Telescope
NASA/CXC/NGST (NASA/Chandra X-Ray Center/Next Generation Space Telescope

Hubble describes a universe of attraction, expansion, repulsion


Per-second speeds of 5 miles (8.05 kilometers) get Hubble around Earth every 97 minutes to:

  • cancel airglow’s background light;
  • collect gamma, infrared, ultraviolet, X-ray wavelengths; and
  • counter light population.

Hubble has information resolving:

  • big-banged, big-crunched, big-ripped configurations;
  • blue-, green-, red-filtered energy-, reflection-, temperature-, wavelength-determined colors;
  • blue super-giants and red/yellow dwarfs becoming black holes/neutron stars and white dwarfs; and
  • HD 209458a, WASP 12-b exo-planets.

Info-imagery impels scientists to:

  • date stellar emergences to 400,000,000 years after the big bang 13,700,000,000 years ago;
  • estimate universal expansion at 46.17 miles (74.3 kilometers) per second per megaparsec (3,260,000 light-years);
  • find distances by Cepheid luminosity and pulsation; and
  • give the universe as 1% luminous, 3% interstellar hydrogen, 22% dark matter, 74% dark energy. 


Hubble Space Telescope in high orbit 600 kilometres above the Earth

January 26, 2011
January 26, 2011

Hubble exposes audiences to space's new, old mysteries


Need-to-know content joins user-friendly form with cutting-edge, state-of-the-art chapters on:

  • Blaze of glory;
  • Crucibles of creation;
  • Empires of stars;
  • Hubble’s invisible universe, top science accomplishments, universe;
  • Message of starlight;
  • Neighbor worlds; and
  • Starry tapestry.

The fun fact-filled pace keeps up through the appendices, with:

  • author biography;
  • index;
  • photo credits; and
  • resources (books, DVDs, reports, websites);

So Hubble’s Universe leads audiences through the greatest discoveries and latest images from 5,000+ yearly orbits worth of culturally enriching, educationally entertaining, and geo-historically enthralling information-filled imagery, thanks to:

  • Susan Dickinson, copyeditor;
  • Terence Dickinson, author;
  • Lionel Koffler, Firefly Books owner;
  • Janice McLean, Bookmakers Press Inc. cover and interior designer;
  • Tracy C. Read, editor; and
  • Ray Villard, Space Telescope Science Institute news chief. 


Hubble's Universe: Greatest Discoveries and Latest Images by Terence Dickinson ~ available via Amazon

300 images from Hubble's 700,000+ portfolio: Hubble Space Telescope is now at apex of its imaging capabilities; this book is first to present latest pictures taken by Hubble's new Wide Field Camera 3.



My special thanks to:

  • Talented artists and photographers/concerned organizations who make their fine images available on the Internet;
  • Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University for superior on-campus and on-line resources.


In 1995, astronomy author and astrophotographer Terence Dickinson, CM, was admitted into the Order of Canada, Canada's second highest honor.

amateur astronomer, accomplished astrophotographer, editor/founder of SkyNews (1995), 1996 recipient of Klumpke-Roberts
amateur astronomer, accomplished astrophotographer, editor/founder of SkyNews (1995), 1996 recipient of Klumpke-Roberts

Sources Consulted


Dickinson, Terence. 2014. Hubble's Universe: Greatest Discoveries and Latest Images. Buffalo, NY, U.S.A.: Firefly Books (U.S.) Inc.; and Richmond Hill, Ontario, Canada: Firefly Books Ltd. 


Hubble's most famous image: iconic Eagle Nebula's "Pillars of Creation" as 1995 original (left) and as 2014 update ~

Near-infrared light photography transforms 2014 update of 1995 pillars into eerie, wispy silhouettes against a background of myriad stars.
NASA/ESA/Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA)/J. Hester, P. Scowen (Arizona State U.)
NASA/ESA/Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA)/J. Hester, P. Scowen (Arizona State U.)
the end which is also the beginning
the end which is also the beginning

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Updated: 07/06/2015, DerdriuMarriner
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DerdriuMarriner on 05/15/2015

happynutritionist, Yes, Hubble's images are super remarkable and extend human parameters for "seeing" deep and far into this amazing universe.

happynutritionist on 05/13/2015

It's simply remarkable to see the images that have been captured by Hubble, what an amazing universe we live in!

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