Astronomy: A Self-Teaching Guide / Edition 7

Astronomy: A Self-Teaching Guide / Edition 7

by Dinah L. Moche
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Turner Publishing Company
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Astronomy: A Self-Teaching Guide / Edition 7

Discover the wonders of the night sky with this bestselling Astronomy Guide

For a generation, Astronomy: A Self-Teaching Guide has introduced hundreds of thousands of readers worldwide to the night sky. Now this classic beginner's guide has been completely revised to bring it up to date with the latest discoveries.

Updated with the latest, most accurate information and more than 100 new graphics and photos, this Seventh Edition features:

  • Web site addresses throughout for the best color images and astronomy resources online
  • Technical ideas made simple without mathematics
  • A beautiful new full-color, glossy insert with spectacular astro-images
  • An interactive format with learning goals, reviews, self-tests, and answers for fast learning
  • Five beginners' Star and Moon maps for fun stargazing

Dinah L. Moché, Ph.D., is Professor of Physics and Astronomy at the City University of New York. An award-winning author and lecturer, her books have sold over ten million copies in seven languages.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780470230831
Publisher: Turner Publishing Company
Publication date: 08/24/2009
Series: Wiley Self-Teaching Guides Series , #190
Edition description: Seventh Edition
Pages: 388
Product dimensions: 7.40(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

List of Tables xv

Introduction Cosmic View 1

Chapter 1 Understanding the Starry Sky 5

Chapter 2 Light and Telescopes 31

Chapter 3 The Stars 65

Chapter 4 The Sun 95

Chapter 5 Stellar Evolution 121

Chapter 6 Galaxies 146

Chapter 7 The Universe 181

Chapter 8 Exploring the Solar System 201

Chapter 9 The Planets 229

Chapter 10 The Moon 270

Chapter 11 Comets, Meteors, and Meteorites 293

Chapter 12 Life on Other Worlds? 314

Epilogue 334

Useful Resources and Web Sites

Periodicals: Print and Online 335

Databases 335

Books by Dinah L. Moché 336

Career Information 336

Almanacs, Observing Guides, and Star Atlases 337

Organizations 337

Stunning Color Images and News Online 338


1. The Constellations 341

2. Physical and Astronomical Constants 343

3. Measurements and Symbols 344

4. Periodic Table of the Elements 346

5. The Nearest Stars 348

6. The Messier Objects 349

Index 352

Star and Moon Maps Back of Book

Spring Skies

Summer Skies

Autumn Skies

Winter Skies

Moon Map

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Astronomy 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoy this book. I've learned a lot from it, and it's taught me a lot I didn't already know. I'm a beginner and I found this information to be very useful.
zwick More than 1 year ago
This book is an introduction to astronomy at about the junior high level. If that's what you're looking for, then it will work fine, but if you want something more advanced and substantial you should look elsewhere. B&N requires a star rating, so I gave it 4. It's not a bad book for what it does, but it doesn't teach what I was hoping it would.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Informing for beginners.
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Never read it,sounds cool