Universe: Solar System, Stars, and Galaxies / Edition 7

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Overview

With their best-selling astronomy textbook, UNIVERSE: SOLAR SYSTEM, STARS, AND GALAXIES, authors Mike Seeds and Dana Backman help you understand your place in the universe—not just your location in space but your role in the unfolding history of the physical universe. To achieve this goal, the authors focus on two central questions: "What Are We?" which highlights your place as a planet dweller in an evolving universe, guiding you to better understand where we came from and how we formed; and "How Do We Know?" which provides insights into how the process of science can teach us more about what we are. Each new copy of the text includes access to Virtual Astronomy Labs, an online, interactive way for you to explore astronomy from your own computer.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781111425678
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 1/4/2011
  • Series: Textbooks Available with Cengage YouBook Series
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 7
  • Pages: 528
  • Product dimensions: 8.90 (w) x 10.80 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Dana Backman works for the SETI Institute of Mountain View, California, as director of outreach for the SOFIA (Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy) mission at NASA's Ames Research Center. He also teaches introductory astronomy, astrobiology, and cosmology courses in Stanford University's Continuing Studies Program. From 1991 to 2003, he taught in the physics and astronomy department at Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, where he invented and taught a Life in the Universe course in the interdisciplinary Foundations program. Dr. Backman's research interests focus on infrared observations of planet formation, models of debris disks around nearby stars, and evolution of the solar system's Kuiper Belt. With Mike Seeds, he also coauthored HORIZONS: EXPLORING THE UNIVERSE, 11e (2009), ASTRONOMY: THE SOLAR SYSTEM AND BEYOND, 6e (2009), and PERSPECTIVES ON ASTRONOMY (2008)—all published by Cengage. Dr. Backman earned his bachelor's degree from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and his Ph.D. from the University of Hawaii.

Michael A. Seeds has been Professor of Physics and Astronomy at Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, since 1970. In 1989, he received F&M College's Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching. Seeds's love for the history of astronomy led him to create upper-level courses on Archaeoastronomy and Changing Concepts of the Universe. His research interests focus on variable stars and the automation of astronomical telescopes. Mike is coauthor with Dana Backman of HORIZONS: EXPLORING THE UNIVERSE, Eleventh Edition (2009); ASTRONOMY: THE SOLAR SYSTEM AND BEYOND, Sixth Edition (2009); and PERSPECTIVES OF ASTRONOMY (2008), all published by Cengage. He was Senior Consultant in the creation of the twenty-six-episode telecourse accompanying the book HORIZONS: EXPLORING THE UNIVERSE.

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Table of Contents


PART I: EXPLORING THE SKY. 1. Here and Now. 2. User?s Guide to the Sky. 3. Cycles of the Sun and Moon. 4. The Origin of Modern Astronomy. 5. Light and Telescopes. 6. Atoms and Spectra. PART II: THE SOLAR SYSTEM. 7. The Sun. 8. The Origin of the Solar System (H12 Ch 15). 9. Earth and Moon (H12 Ch 16). 10. Mercury, Venus, Mars (H12 Ch 17). 11. The Jovian Planets (H12 Ch 18). 12. Meteorites, Asteroids, Comets and the Kuiper Belt (H12 Ch 19). PART III: THE STARS. 13. The Family of Stars (H12 Ch 8). 14. The Formation and Structure of Stars (H12 Ch 9). 15. The Deaths of Stars (H12 Ch 10). 16. Neutron Stars and Black Holes (H12 Ch 11). PART IV: THE UNIVERSE OF GALAXIES. 17. The Milky Way Galaxy (H12 Ch 12). 18. A Universe of Galaxies (H12 Ch 13). 19. Modern Cosmology (H12 Ch 14). PART V: LIFE. 20. Life on Other Worlds.
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