VOYAGES THROUGH THE PLANETS, covering our solar system and planets, provides 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. This author team combines the latest science with classroom-tested teaching strategies. Written in a student-friendly, accessible language, VOYAGES THROUGH THE PLANETS features down-to-earth analogies, superb full-color diagrams and images, and even occasional touches of humor. Readers all around the country are turning to this book with pleasure.
Preface for the Students. Preface for the Instructors. Prologue and Brief Tour of the Universe (and Beyond). 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. Other Worlds: An Introduction to the Solar System. 7. Earth as a Planet. 8. Cratered Worlds: The Moon and Mercury. 9. Earth-like Planets: Venus and Mars. 10. The Giant Planets. 11. Rings, Moons, and Pluto. 12. Comets and Asteroids: Debris of the Solar System. 13. Cosmic Samples and the Origin of the Solar System. 14. The Sun: Our Star. 15. Epilogue: Cosmic Evolution and Life Elsewhere. Appendix A: Astronomy on the World Wide Web. Appendix B: Sources of Astronomical Information. Appendix C: Glossary. Appendix D: Powers-of-Ten Notation. Appendix E: Units Used in Science. Appendix F: Some Useful Constants for Astronomy. Appendix G: Data for the Planets. Appendix H: Satellites for the Planets. Appendix I: Upcoming (Total) Eclipses. Appendix J: The Chemical Elements. Appendix K: The Constellations. Appendix L: Index. Appendix M: Star Maps.