Books Are Full of Visual Gems: Outer Space edition!

Tuesday, June 09, 2009 at 11:00 AM

It may come as no surprise to the book nerds out there (you know who you are), but the annals of written history are full of visual gems.

When you come across something amazing in a public domain title scanned via our library project, you can simply snag the chunk of text or image using our Share this Clip feature in Google Books (). Then, simply take the HTML and copy and paste it in to your site or blog to add it (or choose the option to send it to Blogger).

It's been an exciting few months for space enthusiasts, as the crew of the space shuttle Atlantis recently completed what will be the final repair mission on the Hubble Space Telescope. With outer space on my mind, last night I watched a recent talk on YouTube given at Google by astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, and then spent an hour perusing the incredible archives of the Space Telescope Science Institute.

This morning I decided to look back at astronomy texts from the pre-Hubble days of the 19th century. I used the Share this Clip feature to pull together this collection of space images. Simply click any image to read the original book source!

[Please note, some images and content may not be available to users outside of the United States.]
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A Popular History of Astronomy During the Nineteenth Century by Agnes Mary Clerke

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The Tides and Kindred Phenomena in the Solar System by George Howard Darwin

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Concerning the Earths in Our Solar System, Which are Called Planets by Emanuel Swedenborg

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Other Worlds Than Ours by Richard Anthony Proctor

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Tract on Comets by Fran├žois Arago, John Farrar

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Saturn and Its System by Richard Anthony Proctor


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