Virtual Astronomy Labs: Astronomy in the New Millennium / Edition 1

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Pasachoff/Filippenko represent a team that brings together experience in writing, research, and teaching. This book provides a brief, interesting, up-to-date, and beautifully illustrated overview of astronomy. Pasachoff/Filippenko are each very experienced in teaching introductory astronomy and bring that experience to bear in this text.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780534490874
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 1/28/2004
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 181
  • Product dimensions: 3.90 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents

Focus Essay A Sense of Time: Past as Present
1 The Universe: An Overview 3
Focus Essay A Sense of Scale: Measuring Distance 12
2 Observing the Stars and Beyond: Clockwork of the Universe 17
3 Gravity and Motion: Why Things Move 37
4 Light and Telescopes: Extending Our Senses 57
Interview Jeff Hoffman 82
5 Light, Matter, and Energy: Powering the Universe 87
6 Exploring the Solar System: Voyages to Our Neighbors 97
7 The Terrestrial Planets: Earth and Its Relatives 113
8 The Jovian Planets: Windswept Gas Giants 139
Interview Carolyn Porco 160
9 The Minor Worlds: Potpourri of Rock and Ice 165
10 Comets, Meteoroids, and Asteroids: Ancient Space Debris 191
Focus Essay A Sense of Mass: Weighing Stars 206
11 Observing the Stars: Colors, Types, Groupings 209
Interview Ben Peery 220
12 Measuring the Stars: How Far and How Bright? 229
13 Our Star: The Sun 239
Focus Essay A Sense of Power: Energy and Stars 254
14 How Stars Shine: Cosmic Furnaces 257
Interview William Fowler 270
15 The Death of Stars: Stellar Recycling 275
16 Stellar Black Holes: The End of Space and Time 295
Focus Essay A Sense of Space: Fixing Our Place in a Vast Universe 304
17 The Milky Way: Our Home in the Universe 309
18 Galaxies: Building Blocks of the Universe 331
Interview Sandra Faber 348
19 Quasars: Giant Black Holes 353
20 Cosmology: How We Began/Where We Are Going 365
Epilogue Life in the Universe: How Can We Search? 383
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