This is Lars Lindberg Christensen’s bibliography. Also see Amazon. For articles and papers see my Publications page.

Usher, O. & Christensen, L.L, 2013, The Universe Through the Eyes of Hubble

Designed with large images and distraction-free layouts to increase the impact of Hubble’s imagery, this book gives the reader a guided tour of the cosmos through the eyes of the Hubble Space Telescope. Before Hubble was launched in 1990, no exoplanet had ever been observed, dark energy was unknown, the age of the universe was a mystery, and the most distant objects observed were just halfway back in time to the Big Bang. Hubble has been the centerpiece in a revolution in astronomy, as well as giving the public a visceral connection to the Universe through its stunning images.

Schilling, G & Christensen, L.L, 2012, Europe to the Stars — ESO’s first 50 years of exploring the southern sky


Sumptuously illustrated coffee-table book taking the reader behind the scenes at the most productive ground-based observatory of the world. Contains the best ~200 hand-picked images from ESO’s large collection of more than 100,000 images. Produced especially for ESO’s 50th anniversary.

Gendler. R, Christensen, L.L & Malin, D., 2011, Treasures of the Southern Sky

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The southern sky became accessible to scientific scrutiny only a few centuries ago, after the first European explorers ventured south of the equator. Modern observing and imaging techniques have since revealed what seems like a new Universe, previously hidden below the horizon, a fresh astronomical bounty of beauty and knowledge uniquely different from the northern sky. The authors have crafted a book that brings this hidden Universe to all, regardless of location or latitude.

Treasures of the Southern Sky celebrates the remarkable beauty and richness of the southern sky in words and with world-class imagery. In part, a photographic anthology of deep sky wonders south of the celestial equator, this book also celebrates the human story of southern astronomy with an engaging and detailed history of key contributors to southern sky exploration. The accompanying text provides the reader with intriguing facts and useful information about the featured objects.

Russo, P., Christensen, L.L, 2010, International Year of Astronomy 2009 — Final Report, International Astronomical Union

ISBN: 978-3-923524-65-5

We have to go back more than 40 years, to the Apollo Moon programme, to find another science event that has engaged the public as much as the International Year of Astronomy 2009 (IYA2009). At its peak in 1969, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin’s first steps on the Moon reached an audience of more than a billion. Forty years later, IYA2009 has brought space back to a mass audience once again. The report is a compilation of the achievements of the 216 IYA2009 stakeholders — 148 countries, 40 international organisations and 28 global projects. This 1450-page report shows the excitement, engagement and community involvement engendered by IYA2009. The report is intended to stand as a record of the legacy of this astonishing international celebration of astronomy.

Postcards from the Edge of the Universe – An Anthology of Frontline Astronomy from Around the World, edited by Lee Pullen, Mariana Barrosa & Lars Lindberg Christensen


From sunspots to black holes, planets around other stars, supernovae and dark matter, Postcards from the Edge of the Universe unveils the mysteries of today’s research, looking at cutting-edge astronomy from around the world. Twenty-four frontline astronomers from all corners of the globe explain their science.

This book is based on the science carried out by a hand-picked selection of the best bloggers from the Cosmic Diary ( ), one of the 12 Cornerstone projects of the International Year of Astronomy 2009. The contributions have been compiled into an edited anthology that gives a unique snapshot of contemporary astronomy. The four-page popular-science articles all have a personal flavour, as each contributor has selected their own favourite astronomical topic, giving the reader a personal insight into work on the frontline of astronomy.

Send an electronic postcard from the edge of the Universe or read more about the book at:

Cosmic Collisions — The Hubble Atlas of Merging Galaxies, by Lars Lindberg Christensen, Raquel Yumi Shida and Davide De Martin

Amazon – Springer (English)
Amazon — Springer(German)

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Like no other telescope ever invented, the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope has given us magnificent high resolution views of the gigantic cosmic collisions between galaxies. Hubble’s images are snapshots in time and catch the colliding galaxies in different stages of collision. Thanks to a new and amazing set of 60 Hubble images, for the first time these different stages can be put together to form a still-frame movielike montage showing the incredible processes taking place as galaxies collide and merge. The significance of these cosmic encounters reaches far beyond aesthetics. Galaxy mergers may, in fact, be some of the most important processes that shape our universe. Colliding galaxies very likely, hold some of the most important clues to our cosmic past and to our destiny.
It now seems clear that the Milky Way is continuously undergoing merging events, some small scale, others on a gigantic scale. And the importance of this process in the lives of galaxies is much greater than what was previously thought.

More info on the book’s web site.

Also in:

German, Simplified Chinese

Hidden Universe by Lars Lindberg Christensen, Bob Fosbury and Robert Hurt

Amazon – Wiley (English)
Amazon — Wiley (German)

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Our eyes are the result of an evolutionary adaptation to the sun’s light. Since the sun is a G dwarf and emits most of its light in only a small part of the electromagnetic spectrum, our eyes are very limited in their capability to show us the universe. This book shows the fundamental change in our perception by covering the full spectrum of light.
From the contents:

  • The view from the ground
  • Space observatories – our new eyes on the universe
  • The radio universe
  • The infrared universe
  • The ultraviolet universe
  • The x-ray universe
  • The gamma-ray universe
  • The cosmic ray universe
  • The future
    The authors’ unique skill in both science and science communication allows for a popular writing style, with an emphasis on what cannot be seen with our eyes. They make many comparisons with high-color images to reveal what is actually taking place behind the veil. They also make good use of their access to the most striking images in the field, creating full-color illustrations as needed. In addition, boxes and diagrams provide overviews of the instruments used.

More info on the Hidden Universe web site.

Also in:

German, Finnish, Japanese and Chinese

Eyes on the Skies by Govert Schilling & Lars Lindberg Christensen

Sample – look inside (9.6 MB)

Amazon – Wiley (English)
Amazon – Wiley (German)

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The International Astronomical Union’s official book and movie celebrating the 400th anniversary of the telescope.

THE INVENTION OF THE TELESCOPE has been by far the most revolutionary development in the history of astronomy. For thousands of years, astronomers had to rely on their eyes in unravelling the mysteries of the Universe. The telescope revealed an embarrassment of astronomical riches, and led to a dramatic increase of knowledge about the wider world we live in.

The Eyes on the Skies DVD movie and accompanying book explore the many facets of the telescope — the historical development, the scientific importance, the technological breakthroughs, and also the people behind this ground-breaking invention, their triumphs and failures…

The Eyes on the Skies movie is presented by Dr. J aka Dr. Joe Liske from ESO, host of the Hubblecast video podcast. The DVD runs for more than 50 minutes and contains subtitles in several languages.

More info on the Eyes on the Skies web site.

Also in:

German, Finnish, Korean, Japanese, Slovenian and Chinese

Communicating Astronomy with the public 2007 Edited by Lars Lindberg Christensen, Manolis Zoulias and Ian Robson

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This book is the conference proceeding from the conference Communicating Astronomy with the public 2007. The book is in full colour. Size 18 cm x 24 cm, 551 pages.

Kvantespring i det 20. århundrede – astronomi of fysik mod det nye årtusinde by Helge Kragh, John Rosendal Nielsen, Michael Cramer Andersen, Simon Olling Rebsdorf, Asbjørn Petersen, Peter Hansen and Lars Lindberg Christensen

En kontorassistent ved patentkontoret i Bern offentliggjorde i 1905 fire artikler, der skulle forandre vores verdensbillede for altid. Kontorassistenten hed Albert Einstein, og tidspunktet 1905 et blevet kendt som Einsteins ‘mirakuløse år’.

Det er på baggrund af 100–året for Einsteins mirakulœse år, at Fysiklærerforeningen besluttede at udgive denne bog om ti markante begivenheder inden for fysik og astronomi i det 20. århundrede. Hvert af de ti kapitler dækker omtrent et årti, hvor der er valgt en af årtiets mest markante forskningsbegivenheder:

Planck, Einstein og Kvantet

Einsteins relativitetsteorier

Atomteori og kvantemekanik

Stjernelys, kerneenergi og et univers af brint

De fœrste atombomber

CERN og partikelfysikken

Apolloprojektet – Månen tur-retur

Computer og internet

Kaos og fraktaler

Forskningssatellitter – astronomernes nye vindue til Universet

  1. udgave 2007

Omfang: 192 sider

The Hands-On Guide for Science Communicators by Lars Lindberg Christensen

Sample – look inside (3.5 MB)
Sample, Amazon

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The Hands-On Guide for Science Communicators (Springer New York, 2006, ISBN 0-387-26324-1) is a book which shows how to create the perfect marriage between science and communication. Drawing inspiration and examples from his years of experience in the field from the Hubble European Space Agency Information Centre and ESO’s education and Public Outreach Department, Lars Lindberg Christensen offers hands-on advice about some of the most central topics of practical popular science communication with numerous examples from physics and astronomy.

Aimed at both the general public and a more specialized audience — working as science communicators in a variety of communication offices in scientific institutions, the book provides the inspiration and the steps to become a good science communicator.

The hands-on guide offers practical advice on all aspects of science communication: product types, target groups, written communication, visual communication, validation processes, practices of efficient workflow, distribution, promotion, advertising, and much more.

The work emphasizes the value of science culture in our society as well as the need for properly qualified science communicators who are capable of addressing the needs of a rapidly progressing society where the knowledge gap between the average citizen and scientists is constantly increasing.

From the reviews: “Here is a milestone of its kind that can be recommended to anybody involved, to any degree, in scientific communication, particularly in astronomy. … The guide is completed by a well-furnished glossary, an index, and lists of references and web links. … The book is very well presented, written in a good-humoured style, with an abundance of illustrations and practical details, together with examples from physics and astronomy. … this book will also be useful to the ordinary scientist in their daily professional communications.” (A. Heck, The Observatory, Vol. 127 (1199), 2007)

“Lars Lindberg Christensen … has written a tour-de-force of practical information and advice for would-be science communicators. This softcover book offers a spectacular array of charts, tables, checklists, and case examples. … This is a book where you find both philosophical justifications for science communications and the most detailed practical data … . I highly recommend it.” (Stephen P. Maran, Spark, Issue 7, January, 2009)

Hubble – 15 Years of Discovery by Lars Lindberg Christensen and Bob Fosbury


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Hubble – 15 Years of Discovery (Springer New York, 2005, ISBN 0-387-28599-7) is a book that formed part of the European Space Agency’s 15th anniversary celebration activities for the 1990 launch of the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope. Its main emphasis is on the exquisite Hubble images that have enabled astronomers to gain entirely new insights into the workings of a huge range of different astronomical objects. Hubble has provided the visual overview of the underlying astrophysical processes taking place in these objects, ranging from planets in our Solar System to galaxies in the young Universe. This book shows the close relationship between the results of great scientific value and of eye-catching beauty and artistic potential. The book published by Springer has 120 pages, measures 30 x 25 cm and is in full-colour. Some versions include a copy of the DVD. The book is authored by Lars Lindberg Christensen and Bob Fosbury. It is illustrated by Martin Kornmesser.

Also in:

Simplified Chinese

Traditional Chinese: 繁體中文版《哈勃十七年探索之旅》出版, ISBN 978-962-432-630-7

Finnish: Hubble – Viidentoista vuoden löytöretki, w. R. Fosbury, Ursa, 2005, ISBN 952-5329-46-1

Portuguese: Hubble – 15 Anos de Descoberta, w. R. Fosbury, Edições ASA, 2005, ISBN 972-41-4483-6

German: Hubble: 15 Jahre auf Entdeckungsreise, w. R. Fosbury, Wiley, 2006, ISBN 3-527-40682-4. Amazon.

Communicating Astronomy with the public 2005 Edited by Ian Robson and Lars Lindberg Christensen

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Full book PDF

This book is the conference proceeding from the conference Communicating Astronomy with the public 2005. The book is in full colour and is printed with the best Computer to Plate technology on heavy glossy paper. Size 18 cm x 24 cm, 401 pages. Edited w. I. Robson.

Lysfænomener i Naturen by Lars Lindberg Christensen, Anne Værnholt Olesen and Mike van der Poel

Full PDF Lowres [66 MB]

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Høst & Søn, 1998, w. M. v.d. Poel and A. V. Olesen, ISBN 87-14-29462-1

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