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  • ISBN-13: 9780673985613
  • Publisher: Benjamin Cummings
  • Publication date: 1/8/1997
  • Edition description: REVISED
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 533
  • Product dimensions: 8.49 (w) x 10.95 (h) x 0.25 (d)

Meet the Author

Dr. James B. Kaler is a Professor of Astronomy at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His research area, in which he has published over 100 papers, involves dying stars. He has held Fulbright and Guggenheim Fellowships, has been awarded medals for his work from the University of Liege and the University of Mexico, has written for a variety of magazines, was a consultant for Time-Life Books on their Voyage Through the Universe series, and appears frequently on Illinois television and radio. His books include Stars and their Spectra (Cambridge University Press), Stars (Scientific American Library), Astronomy! (HarperCollins), The Ever-Changing Sky (Cambridge), Astronomy! A Brief Edition (Addison-Wesley), and Cosmic Clouds (Scientific American Library). He has also developed, with Sarah Kennedy, the scientific kit Elements of the Universe. He is a past president of the Champaign-Urbana Symphony.


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Table of Contents

Pt. I Classical Astronomy 1
1 From Earth to Universe 2
2 Earth, Sun, and Sky 18
3 The Face of the Sky 48
4 Earth, Moon, and Planets 66
5 Gravity 98
6 Atoms, Light, and Telescopes 116
Pt. II Planetary Astronomy 151
7 Home: The Double World 152
8 Rocky Worlds 192
9 Great Worlds 228
10 Outer Worlds 260
11 Creation and Its Debris 280
Pt. III Stellar Astronomy 309
12 The Sun 310
13 The Stars 334
14 Star Formation 368
15 The Life and Death of Stars 402
16 The Galaxy 436
Pt. IV Galaxies and the Universe 457
17 Galaxies 458
18 The Expansion and Structure of the Universe 484
19 The Universe 508
App. 1 Star Maps 534
App. 2 Astronomical Objects 542
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