Everything Astronomy

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Have you ever looked up at the night sky and felt overwhelmed by its mystery? Maybe you tried to figure out which twinkling lights were stars and which were planets-or the differences among meteors, meteorites, and meteoroids-but never quite got it.

The Everything Astronomy Book, by noted SETI Institute scientist Dr. Cynthia Phillips, helps you stargaze with authority. The book not only provides clear descriptions of all the theories of the origins of the universe, it explains ...

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Overview

Have you ever looked up at the night sky and felt overwhelmed by its mystery? Maybe you tried to figure out which twinkling lights were stars and which were planets-or the differences among meteors, meteorites, and meteoroids-but never quite got it.

The Everything Astronomy Book, by noted SETI Institute scientist Dr. Cynthia Phillips, helps you stargaze with authority. The book not only provides clear descriptions of all the theories of the origins of the universe, it explains the facts about the planets, moons, and stars in language anyone can understand-completely free of the usual astro-jargon. In addition, common myths are debunked: Find out why the Big Dipper is not an actual constellation, and that a shooting star isn't really a star at all!

Featuring:

*Fascinating photos and useful diagrams
*A color insert and fascinating photographs and diagrams throughout
*Tips and tricks, such as how to distinguish between different celestial bodies
*The latest theories on UFOs
*The realities of an asteroid collision

Dr. Cynthia Phillips, a scientist at the SETI Institute, also works at the Center for the Study of Life in the Universe. She received her B.A. in astronomy, astrophysics, and physics at Harvard University, and earned her Ph.D. in planetary science, with a minor in geosciences, from the University of Arizona.
Shana Priwer has an undergraduate degree from Columbia University in architecture, with minors in math and art history. She holds a master's degree in architecture from Harvard University. Both authors reside in Campbell, California.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781580627238
  • Publisher: Adams Media Corporation
  • Publication date: 9/1/1902
  • Series: Everything Series
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 8.24 (w) x 9.16 (h) x 0.78 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction x
Chapter 1 Ancient Eyes, Same Sky 1
Archeoastronomy 2
Prehistoric Astronomy 3
Egyptian Astronomy 6
Native American Astronomy 7
Greek and Roman Astronomy 9
Early Astronomy Elsewhere 11
Chapter 2 Astronomy As a Science 15
Pre-Renaissance Theory 16
The Renaissance Boom 17
Copernicus 18
Tycho 20
Kepler 21
Galileo 22
Newton 26
Chapter 3 How the Universe Came into Being 29
The Big Bang 30
The Aftermath 31
Creation Myths and Modern Science 33
Scientific Evidence 34
A Competing Theory Disproved 37
The Age of the Universe 39
Chapter 4 Constellations Patterns in the Sky 41
The Development of Mythology 42
Stars in Your Eyes 42
Chapter 5 Navigate the Night Sky 55
Terrestrial Latitude and Longitude 56
The Celestial Sphere 58
Other Celestial Coordinates 60
The Ecliptic 62
Altitude and Azimuth 63
Right Ascension and Declination 64
Finding Your Way 66
Chapter 6 The Inner Solar System 67
Mercury 68
Venus 69
Earth 73
Our Moon 73
Mars 77
Chapter 7 The Outer Solar System 83
Jupiter 84
The Galilean Satellites of Jupiter 86
Saturn 90
Uranus 92
The Satellites of Uranus 94
Neptune 97
Pluto 100
Chapter 8 Solar System Wanderers 103
Asteroids 104
Studying Asteroids 107
Comets 109
Famous Comets 111
Falling Stars 112
Meteorites 114
Asteroid and Comet Impact: Dinosaurs 115
Chapter 9 A Star Is Born 117
Stellar Structure 118
Stellar Lives 119
Supernovas and White Dwarf Stars 123
Observing Stars 126
Binary Stars 127
Other Solar Systems 128
Chapter 10 Deep-Sky Objects 131
Object Classification 132
Galaxies 133
Star Clusters 137
Messier's Catalogue 138
New General Catalog 139
Visible Galaxies 140
Nebulae 141
Chapter 11 Faraway and Far-Out 145
Origins of Black Holes 146
What Is a Black Hole? 148
Wormholes 151
Neutron Stars 152
Pulsars 153
Quasars 153
Active Galaxies 154
Chapter 12 First Steps, First Tools 155
Star Maps 156
Planispheres 157
Binoculars 159
Planetarium Software 162
Astronomy Magazines 163
Color Photograph Reference 164
Chapter 13 Telescopes: Advanced Tools for Advanced Viewing 165
History 166
Choosing a Telescope 166
Types of Telescopes 168
Anatomy of a Telescope 169
Tripods and Mounts 171
Computer-Controlled Telescopes 172
Telescopes at Work: Hubble 173
Building Your Own Telescope 174
Chapter 14 Visit Space Places 175
Clubs 176
Planetariums 178
Observatories and Science Museums 179
Chapter 15 Make Your Own Scientific Discoveries! 181
Discovering a Comet or Asteroid 182
Comet Hale-Bopp 185
Auroras 186
Recording a Meteor Shower 187
Reporting Your Data 189
Photographic and Video Observation 190
Observing Variable Stars 190
Observing Transits, Occultations, and Eclipses 191
Chapter 16 Ground-Based and Space-Based Observation 193
Overview 194
Ground-Based Observation at the National Optical Astronomy Observatories 196
Radio Observatories 198
Solar Telescopes 200
Space-Based Observation 201
Looking Ahead 203
Chapter 17 Robots, Animals, and People in Space 205
Early Missions 206
Modern Missions 209
Early Space Travelers 212
United States Astronaut Missions 214
Spacewalks 219
Chapter 18 SETI: Are We Alone? 221
Habitable Zones 222
What Is Life? 224
Life Elsewhere in the Solar System 225
Planetary Protection 226
Redefining the Habitable Zone 228
SETI: The Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence 229
Chapter 19 How It Will All End 235
The Future Evolution of the Sun 236
Effects on the Solar System 239
Destiny for the Universe 241
The Closed Universe 242
The Open Universe 244
Our Fate 246
Dark Matter 246
Appendices 249
Appendix A Constellation List 250
Appendix B Planetary Facts 254
Appendix C Messier's Catalogue 255
Appendix D Web Sites for Amateur Astronomers 259
Astronomy Clubs 259
Museum/Planetarium/Observatory Listings 264
Appendix E Glossary 269
Appendix F Photography Captions 278
Index 281
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