Astronomy Today, Volume 2: Stars and Galaxies / Edition 6

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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.

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).

Vol 1 ISBN 0136155499 has to be purchased separately 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).

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780136155508
  • Publisher: Benjamin Cummings
  • Publication date: 8/2/2007
  • Series: Astronomy Today Ser.
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 6
  • Pages: 544
  • Lexile: 1370L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 8.22 (w) x 10.82 (h) x 0.86 (d)

Table of Contents

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


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 17. Measuring the Stars: Giants, Dwarfs, and the Main Sequence

17.1 The Solar Neighborhood

17.2 Luminosity and Apparent Brightness

17.3 Stellar Temperatures

17.4 Stellar Sizes

17.5 The Hertzsprung-Russell Diagram

17.6 Extending the Cosmic Distance Scale

17.7 Stellar Masses

17.8 Mass and Other Stellar Properties

Chapter Review


Chapter 18. The Interstellar Medium: Gas and Dust Among the Stars

18.1 Interstellar Matter

18.2 Emission Nebulae

18.3 Dark Dust Clouds

18.4 21-Centimeter Radiation

18.5 Interstellar Molecules

Chapter Review

Chapter 19. Star Formation: A Traumatic Birth

19.1 Star-Forming Regions

19.2 The Formation of Stars Like the Sun

19.3 Stars of Other Masses

19.4 Observations of Cloud Fragments and Protostars

19.5  Shock Waves and Star Formation

19.6 Star Clusters

Chapter Review


Chapter 20. Stellar Evolution: The Life and Death of a Star

20.1 Leaving the Main Sequence

20.2 Evolution of a Sun-like Star

20.3 The Death of a Low-Mass Star

20.4 Evolution of Stars More Massive than the Sun

20.5 Observing Stellar Evolution in Star Clusters

20.6 Stellar Evolution in Binary Systems

Chapter Review


Chapter 21. Stellar Explosions: Novae, Supernovae, and the Formation of the Elements

21.1 Life after Death for White Dwarfs

21.2 The End of a High-Mass Star

21.3 Supernovae

21.4 The Formation of the Elements

21.5 The Cycle of Stellar Evolution

Chapter Review


Chapter 22. Neutron Stars and Black Holes: Strange States of Matter

22.1 Neutron Stars

22.2 Pulsars

22.3 Neutron-Star Binaries

22.4 Gamma-Ray Bursts

22.5 Black Holes

22.6 Einstein’s Theories of Relativity

22.7 Space Travel Near Black Holes

22.8 Observational Evidence for Black Holes

Chapter Review


Part 4: Galaxies And Cosmology


Chapter 23. The Milky Way Galaxy: A Spiral in Space

23.1 Our Parent Galaxy

23.2 Measuring the Milky Way

23.3 Galactic Structure.

23.4 The Formation of the Milky Way

23.5 Galactic Spiral Arms

23.6 The Mass of the Milky Way Galaxy

23.7 The Galactic Center

Chapter Review


Chapter 24. Galaxies: Building Blocks of the Universe

24.1 Hubble's Galaxy Classification

24.2 The Distribution of Galaxies in Space

24.3 Hubble's Law

24.4 Active Galactic Nuclei

24.5 The Central Engine of an Active Galaxy

Chapter Review


Chapter 25. Galaxies and Dark Matter: The Large-Scale Structure of the Cosmos

25.1 Dark Matter in the Universe

25.2 Galaxy Collisions

25.3 Galaxy Formation and Evolution

25.4 Black Holes in Galaxies

25.5 The Universe on Large Scales

Chapter Review


Chapter 26. Cosmology: The Big Bang and the Fate of the Universe

26.1 The Universe on the Largest Scales

26.2 The Expanding Universe

26.3 The Fate of the Cosmos

26.4 The Geometry of Space

26.5 Will the Universe Expand Forever?

26.6 Dark Energy and Cosmology

26.7 The Cosmic Microwave Background

Chapter Review


Chapter 27. The Early Universe: Toward the Beginning of Time

27.1 Back to the Big Bang

27.2 The Evolution of the Universe

27.3 The Formation of Nuclei and Atoms

27.4 The Inflationary Universe

27.5 The Formation of Structure in the Universe

27.6 Cosmic Structure and the Microwave Background

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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