9780130915429

Astronomy Today

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  • ISBN13:

    9780130915429

  • ISBN10:

    0130915424

  • Edition: 4th
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 1/1/2002
  • Publisher: Pearson College Div
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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

PART 1 ASTRONOMY AND THE UNIVERSE
Charting the Heavens: The Foundations of Astronomy
3(30)
The Copernican Revolution: The Birth of Modern Science
33(28)
Radiation: Information from the Cosmos
61(24)
Spectroscopy: The Inner Workings of Atoms
85(22)
Telescopes: The Tools of Astronomy
107(36)
PART 2 OUR PLANETARY SYSTEM
The Solar System: An Introduction to Comparative Planetology
143(22)
Earth: Our Home in Space
165(30)
The Moon and Mercury: Schorched and Battered Worlds
195(32)
Venus: Earth's Sister Planet
227(22)
Mars: A Near Miss for Life?
249(26)
Jupiter: Giant of the Solar System
275(26)
Saturn: Spectacular Rings and Mysterious Moons
301(26)
Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto: The Outer Worlds of the Solar System
327(28)
Solar System Debris: Keys to Our Origin
355(28)
The Formation of Planetary Systems: The Birth of Our World
383(22)
PART 3 STARS AND STELLAR EVOLUTION
The Sun: Our Parent Stars
405(32)
Measuring the Stars: Giants, Dwarfs, and the Main Sequence
437(30)
The Interstellar Medium: Gas and Dust Among the Stars
467(22)
Star Formation: A Traumatic Birth
489(26)
Stellar Evolution: The Life of a Star
515(28)
Stellar Explosions: Novae, Supernovae, and the Formation of the Heavy Elements
543(24)
Neutron Stars and Black Holes: Strange States of Matter
567(32)
PART 4 GALAXIES AND COSMOLOGY
The Milky Way Galaxy: A Grand Design
599(30)
Normal Galaxies: The Large-Scale Structure of the Universe
629(32)
Active Galaxies and Quasars: Limits of the Observable Universe
661(30)
Cosmology: The Big Bang and the Fate of the Universe
691(24)
The Early Universe: Toward the Beginning of Time
715(24)
Life in the Universe: Are We Alone?
739

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