Every night, above our heads, a drama of epic proportions is playing out. Diamond planets, zombie stars, black holes heavier than a billion Suns. The cast of characters is extraordinary, and each one has its own incredible story to tell.
We once thought of our Earth as unique, but we have now discovered thousands of alien planets, and that’s barely a fraction of the worlds that are out there. And there are more stars in the Universe than grains of sand on every planet in the Solar System. But amid all this vastness, the Milky Way Galaxy, our Sun and the Earth are home to the only known life in the Universe – at least for now.
With a foreword from Professor Brian Cox, and access to all the latest NASA mission information, Andrew Cohen takes readers on a voyage of discovery, via the probes and telescopes exploring the outer reaches of our galaxy, revealing how it was formed and how it will inevitably be destroyed by the enigmatic black hole at its heart. And beyond our galaxy, the expanding Universe, which holds clues to the biggest mystery of all – how did it all begin? We now know more about those first moments of existence than we ever thought possible, and hidden in this story of how it all began are the clues to the fate of the Universe itself and everything in it.
Praise for The Planets by Andrew Cohen and Professor Brian Cox:
‘So staggering you go whoa!’ every few seconds … Cox is the Attenborough of the Solar System’ Guardian
‘Spectacular. [Cox’s] ability to convey maximum information in a clear and minimalist style is so softly winning and persuasive’ Sunday Times
‘Professor Brian Cox continues to boggle our minds’ Daily Mail
‘It was life affirming, it was perspective shifting. It was beautifully made’ Fearne Cotton, The Zoe Ball Breakfast Show, Radio 2
‘Amazing work’ Emma Barnett, Adrian Chiles, Radio 5 Live
‘Starry-eyed Brian Cox is the only man for this job’ The Times
‘Wow’ Evening Standard
‘The professor makes us marvel at life on Earth’ iNews
‘Excellent … a blend of enjoyable, accessible science and dreamlike wonder’ The Times
‘Brian Cox breathes life into science again … breath-taking’ Guardian
‘Fascinating … Good science’ Observer
‘Extraordinary – at its best magically fascinating and full of vast, weird drama’ Radio Times
Praise for Professor Brian Cox:
‘Cox’s romantic, lyrical approach to astrophysics all adds up to an experience that feels less like homework and more like having a story told to you. A really good story, too’ Guardian
‘He bridges the gap between our childish sense of wonder and a rather more professional grasp of the scale of things’ Independent
‘If you didn’t utter a wow watching the TV, you will while reading the book’ The Times
‘Engaging, ambitious and creative’ Guardian