Astronomy Today / Edition 2

Astronomy Today / Edition 2

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by Eric J. Chaisson, Steve McMillan
     
 

Chaisson/McMillan's writing style and pedagogically driven art program are recognized as being scientifically accurate yet accessible to non-science majors. The integrated media program contains the market's only E-book. It provides readers with innovative and interactive tools to learn and test their understanding of astronomy concepts.Topics covered include… See more details below

Overview

Chaisson/McMillan's writing style and pedagogically driven art program are recognized as being scientifically accurate yet accessible to non-science majors. The integrated media program contains the market's only E-book. It provides readers with innovative and interactive tools to learn and test their understanding of astronomy concepts.Topics covered include Astronomy and the Universe, Our Planetay System, Stars and Stellar Evolution, Galaxies and Cosmology, and more.For one or two-semester introductory astronomy course.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780133686227
Publisher:
Prentice Hall Professional Technical Reference
Publication date:
01/01/1996
Edition description:
Older Edition
Pages:
623
Product dimensions:
8.74(w) x 11.11(h) x 1.30(d)

Table of Contents

1Introduction: The Sky at Night1
2Measurement and Modeling: The Foundations of Astronomy24
3The Copernican Revolution: The Birth of Modern Science40
4Radiation: Information from the Cosmos62
5Spectroscopy: The Inner Workings of Atoms84
6Equipment: Observational Methods of Astronomy106
7The Earth: Our Home in Space138
8The Moon: Our Nearest Neighbor169
9The Solar System: An Introduction to Comparative Planetology189
10Mercury: A Scorched and Battered World202
11Venus: Earth's Sister Planet217
12Mars: A Near Miss of Life?241
13Jupiter: The Giant of the Solar System260
14Saturn: Spectacular Rings and Mysterious Moons282
15Uranus, Neptune and Pluto: The Outer Worlds of the Solar System306
16Solar System Debris: Keys to Our Origin329
17The Formation of the Solar System: The Birth of Our World348
18The Sun: Our Parent Star364
19Measuring the Stars: Giants, Dwarfs, and the Main Sequence389
20The Interstellar Medium: Gas and Dust Between the Stars415
21Star Formation: A Traumatic Birth433
22Stellar Evolution: From Middle Age to Death455
23Stellar Explosions: Novae, Supernovae, and the Formation of the Heavy Elements477
24Neutron Stars and Black Holes: Strange States of Matter495
25The Milky Way Galaxy: A Grand Design526
26Normal Galaxies: The Local Group and Beyond543
27Active Galaxies and Quasars: Limits of the Observable Universe566
28Cosmology: The Big Bang and the Fate of the Universe591
29The Early Universe: Toward the Beginning of Time613
30Life on Earth and Life Beyond: Are We Alone?636

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