I apologize if I in the middle of the pro discussions. I just finished watching 2 TV shows (from the History channel I think).The Universe Spaceship Earth & Alien Galaxies. A great sense of awe arose in me while I was watching 'Alien Galaxies'. Now, I'm 17 1/2 yr old. Are there any good modern, updated books (with illustrations and visuals preferred. I'm a very visual guy.) about alien galaxies, and our galaxy? How everything started? maybe a little about Earth itself...how it started? I need insightful books! and BTW, can Cosmologists say today that our Earth IS unique, and maybe the Galaxy was 'created' for us? or are those still dark philosophies for now? Thank you.