Astronomy: The Solar System and Beyond / Edition 6

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Overview


With their best-selling astronomy textbook, ASTRONOMY: THE SOLAR SYSTEM AND BEYOND , authors Mike Seeds and Dana Backman help you understand your place in the universe-not just your location in space, but your role in the unfolding history of the physical universe. To achieve this goal, the authors focus on two central questions: "What Are We?," which highlights your place as a planet dweller in an evolving universe, guiding you to better understand where we came from and how we formed, and "How Do We Know?," which provides insights into how the process of science can teach us more about what we are. Each new copy of the text includes access to Virtual Astronomy Labs, an online, interactive way for you to explore astronomy from your own computer.
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A nicely illustrated introduction for non-science majors. Seeds (Franklin and Marshall College) includes numerous sidebars and end-of- chapter questions and exercises<-->some designed for researching on the Internet. The CD-ROM contains the student edition of The Sky (a planetarium program). Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780495562030
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 1/5/2009
  • Series: Available 2010 Titles Enhanced Web Assign Series
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 6
  • Pages: 487
  • Sales rank: 571,205
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 10.80 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author


Michael A. Seeds has been Professor of Physics and Astronomy at Franklin and Marshall (F&M) College in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, since 1970. In 1989, he received F&M College's Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching. Seeds's love for the history of astronomy led him to create upper-level courses on Archaeoastronomy and Changing Concepts of the Universe. His research interests focus on variable stars and the automation of astronomical telescopes. Mike is coauthor with Dana Backman and Michele Montgomery of HORIZONS HYBRID: EXPLORING THE UNIVERSE, Thirteenth Edition, and UNIVERSE HYBRID: SOLAR SYSTEM, STARS AND GALAXIES, Eighth Edition, both published by Cengage Learning. He was Senior Consultant in the creation of the twenty-six-episode telecourse accompanying the book HORIZONS: EXPLORING THE UNIVERSE, Twelfth Edition.

Dana Backman works for the SETI Institute of Mountain View, California, as director of outreach for the SOFIA (Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy) mission at NASA's Ames Research Center. He also teaches introductory astronomy, astrobiology, and cosmology courses in Stanford University's Continuing Studies Program. From 1991 to 2003, he taught in the physics and astronomy department at Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, where he invented and taught a Life in the Universe course in the interdisciplinary Foundations program. Dr. Backman's research interests focus on infrared observations of planet formation, models of debris disks around nearby stars, and evolution of the solar system's Kuiper belt. With Mike Seeds, he also coauthored HORIZONS: EXPLORING THE UNIVERSE, Twelfth Edition (2012); UNIVERSE: SOLAR SYSTEMS, STARS, AND GALAXIES, Seventh Edition (2012); and FOUNDATIONS OF ASTRONOMY, Thirteenth Edition (2015), all published by Cengage Learning. Dr. Backman earned his bachelor's degree from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and his doctorate from the University of Hawai'i.

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Table of Contents


Part I: THE SKY. 1. Here and Now. 2. The Sky. 3. Cycles of the Sky. 4. The Origin of Modern Astronomy. 5. Light and Telescopes. 6. Atoms and Starlight. Part II: THE SOLAR SYSTEM. 7. The Solar System: An Overview. 8. Terrestrial Planets. 9. Jovian Planets, Pluto, and the Kuiper Belt. 10. Meteorites, Asteroids, and Comets. 11. The Sun. Part III: THE STARS. 12. The Family of Stars. 13. The Formation and Structure of Stars. 14. The Deaths of Stars. 15. Neutron Stars and Black Holes. Part IV: THE UNIVERSE OF GALAXIES. 16. The Milky Way Galaxy. 17. Galaxies. 18. Active Galaxies and Supermassive Black Holes. 19. Modern Cosmology. Part V: LIFE. 20. Life on Other Worlds.
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