‘Visual Galaxy: The Ultimate Guide to the Milky Way and Beyond’

We are all explorers, and exploration is simple. All you need to do is look up. The galaxy awaits.

Col. Chris Hadfield, astronaut

Did you know…

  • The Milky Way is surrounded by a spheroidal halo that can’t be directly observed and is believed to make up 80 percent of the universe.
  • Within about 7 billion years, the Milky Way and Andromeda galaxies will collide, forming a giant elliptical galaxy.
  • Not only do stars and planets constantly move within the Milky Way, but the galaxy itself rotates and travels through space.

photo of Visual Galaxy

This fall, National Geographic continues its yearlong celebration of space with the publication of "Visual Galaxy: The Ultimate Guide to the Milky Way and Beyond" (National Geographic; ISBN: 978-1-4262-2060-9; on sale Oct. 22, 2019; ). Dramatically depicting the visual experience of our universe through stunning art and rich illustrations, this magnificent book, featuring a foreword by Col. Chris Hadfield, allows readers to dive in and explore multiple entry points through gorgeous and unique graphics.

About Col. Chris Hadfield

The first Canadian astronaut to spacewalk, Col. Chris Hadfield served as commander of the International Space Station in 2013. His books, photographs and videos chronicling his voyages in space have made Hadfield a celebrity around the world.

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