VOYAGES TO THE STARS AND GALAXIES covers the stars and beyond, providing students and professors with the best of both worlds. It is written by two distinguished research scientists, David Morrison and Sidney Wolff and an award-winning astronomy educator, Andrew Fraknoi. Written in student-friendly, accessible language, VOYAGES TO THE STARS AND GALAXIES features down-to-earth analogies, superb full-color diagrams and images, and even occasional touches of humor. Readers all over the country are turning to this book with pleasure.
Student Preface. Instructor Preface. Prologue and Brief Tour of the Universe. 1. Observing the Sky: The Birth of Astronomy. 2. Orbits and Gravity. 3. Earth, Moon, and Sky. 4. Radiation and Spectra. 5. Astronomical Instruments. 6. The Sun: Our Star. 7. The Sun: A Nuclear Powerhouse. 8. Analyzing Starlight. 9. The Stars: A Celestial Census. 10. Celestial Distances. 11. Between the Stars: Gas and Dust in Space. 12. The Birth of Stars and the Search for Planets. 13. Stars: From Adolescence to Old Age. 14. The Death of Stars. 15. Black Holes. Interlude: Gamma-Ray Bursts. 16. The Milky Way Galaxy. 17. Galaxies. 18. Quasars and Active Galaxies. 19. The Organization of the Universe. 20. The Big Bang. Epilogue: Cosmic Evolution and Life Elsewhere. Appendix A: Astronomy on the World Wide Web. Appendix B: Sources of Astronomical Information. Appendix C: Glossary. Powers-of-Ten Notation. Appendix D: Units Used in Science. Appendix E: Some Useful Constants for Astronomy. Appendix F: Upcoming (Total) Eclipses. Appendix G: The Neatest Stars. Appendix H: The Brightest Stars. Appendix I: The Brightest Members of the Local Group. Appendix J: The Chemical Elements. Appendix K: The Constellations. Appendix L: The Messier Catalog of Nebulae and Star Cluster.