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This straightforward volume presents a broad view of astronomy spanning known facts, evolving ideas, and frontier discoveries. The authors combine qualitative reasoning and analogies with familiar objects and phenomena to awaken readers to the excitement of the universe around them. Incorporates new understanding and emphases in contemporary astronomy, including the latest data on topics ranging from adaptive optics and solar system formation to extrasolar planets and the recent missions to Mars. Top-notch illustration program exploits the full range of the electromagnetic spectrum, including images taken at radio, infrared, ultraviolet, X-ray, or gamma-ray wavelengths, in addition to visible-light photographs. For anyone interested in learning more about astronomy.

0136155499 Astronomy Today Vol 1, 6/e: The Solar System covers Part One on foundations (Chapters 1-5); Part Two on the solar system (Chapters 6-15); the Sun chapter (Chapter 16); and the final chapter on life in the universe (Chapter 28). Vol 2 ISBN 0136155502 has to be purchased separately

Astronomy Today Vol 2, 6/e: Stars and Galaxies includes Part One on foundations (Chapters 1-5); Part Three on stars and stellar evolution (Chapters 16-22); and Part Four on galaxies and cosmology (Chapters 23-28).

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  • ISBN-13: 9780136155492
  • Publisher: Benjamin Cummings
  • Publication date: 8/2/2007
  • Series: Astronomy Today Ser.
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 6
  • Pages: 480
  • Lexile: 1370L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 8.44 (w) x 10.88 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

Part 1: Astronomy and the Universe


Chapter 1. Charting The Heavens: The Foundations of Astronomy

1.1 Our Place in Space

1.2 Scientific Theory and the Scientific Method

1.3 The "Obvious" View

1.4 Earth's Orbital Motion

1.5 Astronomical Timekeeping

1.6 The Motion of the Moon

1.7 The Measurement of Distance

Chapter Review


Chapter 2. The Copernican Revolution: The Birth of Modern Science

2.1 Ancient Astronomy

2.2 The Geocentric Universe

2.3 The Heliocentric Model of the Solar System

2.4 The Birth of Modern Astronomy

2.5 The Laws of Planetary Motion

2.6 The Dimensions of the Solar System

2.7 Newton's Laws

2.8 Newtonian Mechanics

Chapter Review


Chapter 3. Radiation: Information from the Cosmos

3.1 Information from the Skies

3.2 Waves in What?

3.3 The Electromagnetic Spectrum

3.4 Thermal Radiation

3.5 The Doppler Effect

Chapter Review


Chapter 4. Spectroscopy: The Inner Workings of Atoms

4.1 Spectral Lines

4.2 Atoms and Radiation

4.3 The Formation of Spectral Lines

4.4 Molecules

4.5 Spectral-Line Analysis

Chapter Review


Chapter 5. Telescopes: The Tools of Astronomy

5.1 Optical Telescopes

5.2 Telescope Size

5.3 Images and Detectors

5.4 High-Resolution Astronomy

5.5 Radio Astronomy

5.6 Interferometry

5.7 Space-Based Astronomy

5.8 Full-Spectrum Coverage

Chapter Review


Part 2: Our Planetary System

Chapter 6. The Solar System: An Introduction to Comparative Planetology

6.1 An Inventory of the Solar System

6.2 Measuring the Planets

6.3 The Overall Layout of the Solar System

6.4 Terrestrial and Jovian Planets

6.5 Interplanetary Matter

6.6 Spacecraft Exploration of the Solar System

6.7 How Did the Solar System Form?

Chapter Review


Chapter 7. Earth: Our Home in Space

7.1 Overall Structure of Planet Earth

7.2 Earth's Atmosphere

7.3 Earth's Interior

7.4 Surface Activity

7.5 Earth's Magnetosphere

7.6 The Tides

Chapter Review


Chapter 8. The Moon and Mercury: Scorched and Battered Worlds

8.1 Orbital Properties

8.2 Physical Properties

8.3 Surface Features on the Moon and Mercury

8.4 Rotation Rates

8.5 Lunar Cratering and Surface Composition

8.6 The Surface of Mercury

8.7 Interiors

8.8 The Origin of the Moon

8.9 Evolutionary History of the Moon and Mercury

Chapter Review


Chapter 9. Venus: Earth's Sister Planet

9.1 Orbital Properties

9.2 Physical Properties

9.3 Long-Distance Observations of Venus

9.4 The Surface of Venus

9.5 The Atmosphere of Venus

9.6 Venus's Magnetic Field and Internal Structure

Chapter Review


Chapter 10. Mars: A Near Miss for Life?

10.1 Orbital Properties

10.2 Physical Properties

10.3 Long-Distance Observations of Mars

10.4 The Martian Surface

10.5 Water on Mars

10.6 The Martian Atmosphere

10.7 Martian Internal Structure

10.8 The Moons of Mars

Chapter Review 


Chapter 11. Jupiter: Giant of the Solar System

11.1 Orbital and Physical Properties

11.2 The Atmosphere of Jupiter

11.3 Internal Structure

11.4 Jupiter's Magnetosphere

11.5 The Moons of Jupiter

11.6 Jupiter's Ring

Chapter Review 


Chapter 12. Saturn: Spectacular Rings and Mysterious Moons

12.1 Orbital and Physical Properties

12.2 Saturn's Atmosphere

12.3 Saturn's Interior and Magnetosphere

12.4 Saturn's Spectacular Ring System

12.5 The Moons of Saturn

Chapter Review 


Chapter 13. Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto: The Outer Worlds of the Solar System

13.1 The Discoveries of Uranus and Neptune

13.2 Orbital and Physical Properties

13.3 The Atmospheres of Uranus and Neptune

13.4 Magnetospheres and Internal Structure

13.5 The Moon Systems of Uranus and Neptune

13.6 The Rings of the Outermost Jovian Planets

Chapter Review


Chapter 14. Solar System Debris: Keys to Our Origin

14.1  Asteroids

14.2 Comets

14.3 Beyond Neptune

14.4 Meteoroids

Chapter Review


Chapter 15. The Formation of Planetary Systems: The Solar System and Beyond

15.1 Modeling Planet Formation

15.2 Formation of the Solar System

15.3 Terrestrial and Jovian Planets

15.4 Solar System Regularities and Irregularities

15.5 Planets Beyond the Solar System

15.6 Is Our Solar System Unusual?

Chapter Review


Part 3: Stars And Stellar Evolution


Chapter 16. The Sun: Our Parent Star

16.1 Physical Properties of the Sun

16.2 The Solar Interior

16.3 The Solar Atmosphere

16.4 Solar Magnetism

16.5 The Active Sun

16.6 The Heart of the Sun

16.7 Observations of Solar Neutrinos

Chapter Review


Chapter 28. Life In The Universe: Are We Alone?

28.1 Cosmic Evolution

28.2 Life in the Solar System

28.3  Intelligent Life in the Galaxy

28.4  The Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence

Chapter Review


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