The ultimate adrenaline trip through the Universe, to explore the most violent objects in space and time. Beginning with the many worlds recently discovered. Mysterious Universe visits the most inhospitable planets in the Universe. Some are so close to their own 'sun' that their rocks are boiling red-hot. Many follow long oval orbits so they sear in 'high summer' while their air freezes in 'mid-winter'. And most of these planets face lethal bombardment from storms of interplanetary rocks. From these barren worlds to Magnetars - collapsed stars where magnetism has gone wild. Visit one and its magnetism would rearrange the atoms in your body. But star-death is more violent still. Hypernovae are the most powerful explosions since the Big Bang itself, unleashing the unfettered gravity of a black hole. And a new discovery reveals that these black holes can spew deadly antimatter into space. Finally, Mysterious Universe takes the reader on the first definitive voyage to the edge of the Universe in a unique 'cosmic zoom': a newly completed 3D mapping of stars and galaxies. From a rogue star threatening the Earth, mysterious naked singularities and quasars, to a possible rebirth of the Universe that will wipe out all existing stars and planets, this is an awesome introduction to cosmic threats of ever-increasing magnitude.
by Heather Couper and Nigel Henbest
isbn 13: 9780752261638
publisher: Channel 4
Oct. 26, 2001