9780132400855

Astronomy Today

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  • ISBN13:

    9780132400855

  • ISBN10:

    0132400855

  • Edition: 6th
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 1/1/2008
  • Publisher: Benjamin Cummings
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Summary

This straightforward volume presents a broad view of astronomy spanning known facts, evolving ideas, and frontier discoveries. The authors combine qualitative reasoning and analogies with familiar objects and phenomena to awaken readers to the excitement of the universe around them. Incorporates new understanding and emphases in contemporary astronomy, including the latest data on topics ranging from adaptive optics and solar system formation to extrasolar planets and the recent missions to Mars. Top-notch illustration program exploits the full range of the electromagnetic spectrum, including images taken at radio, infrared, ultraviolet, X-ray, or gamma-ray wavelengths, in addition to visible-light photographs. For anyone interested in learning more about astronomy.

Table of Contents

Chapters 1-16, 28
Chapters 1-5, 16-28
Astronomy and the Universe
Charting The Heavens: The Foundations of Astronomy
Our Place in Space
Scientific Theory and the Scientific Method
The ""Obvious"" View
Earth's Orbital Motion
Astronomical Timekeeping
The Motion of the Moon
The Measurement of DistanceChapter Review
The Copernican Revolution: The Birth of Modern Science
Ancient Astronomy
The Geocentric Universe
The Heliocentric Model of th
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