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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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Product Details

  • 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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