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Table of Contents
|Introduction to Astronomy|
|Why Learn Astronomy?|
|Patterns in the Sky-Motions of Earth|
|Gravity and Orbits-A Celestial Ballet|
|The Tools of the Astronomer|
|The Solar System|
|The Birth and Evolution of Planetary Systems|
|The Terrestrial Planets and Earth's Moon|
|Atmospheres of the Terrestrial Planets|
|Worlds of Gas and Liquid-The Giant Planets|
|Gravity Is More Than Kepler's Laws|
|Planetary Adornments-Moons and Rings|
|Dwarf Planets and Small Solar System Bodies|
|Stars and Stellar Evolution|
|Taking the Measure Of Stars|
|A Run-of-the-Mill G Type Star-Our Sun|
|Star Formation and the Interstellar Medium|
|Stars in the Slow Lane: Low-Mass Stellar Evolution|
|Live Fast, Die Young: High Mass Stellar Evolution|
|Galaxies, the Universe, and Cosmology|
|Our Expanding Universe|
|The Milky Way-A Normal Spiral Galaxy|
|Structure in the Universe|
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