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The Cosmic Perspective, Third Edition Media Update builds on the textbook's long tradition of strong pedagogy and streamlined presentation, while offering a new updated media package that makes it even easier for instructors to use powerful interactive resources in classroom presentations and as part of the grade. Renowned for its up-to-date and expert coverage, this student-friendly text focuses on central ideas and unifying themes to provide a cosmic context.
Table of Contents
I. DEVELOPING PERSPECTIVE. 1. Our Place in the Universe. 2. Discovering the Universe for Yourself. 3. The Science of Astronomy. S1. Celestial Timekeeping and Navigation. II. KEY CONCEPTS for ASTRONOMY. 4. A Universe of Matter and Energy. 5. Universal Motion. 6. Light: the Cosmic Messenger. 7. Telescopes: Portals of Discovery. III. LEARNING FROM OTHER WORLDS. 8. Our Solar System: An Introduction and Overview. 9. Formation of the Solar System. 10. Planetary Geology: Earth and the Other Terrestrial Worlds. 11. Planetary Atmospheres: Earth and the Other Terrestrial Worlds. 12. Jovian Planet Systems. 13. Remnants of Rock and Ice: Asteroids, Comets, and Pluto. 14. Planet Earth and Its Lessons on Life in the Universe. IV. A DEEPER LOOK AT NATURE. S2. Space and Time. S3. Spacetime and Gravity. S4. Building Blocks of the Universe. V. STELLAR ALCHEMY. 15. Our Star. 16. Stars. 17. Star Stuff. 18. The Bizarre Stellar Graveyard. VI. GALAXIES and BEYOND. 19. Our Galaxy. 20. Galaxies: From Here to the Horizon. 21. Galaxy Evolution. 22. Dark Matter and the Fate of the Universe. 23. The Beginning of Time. 24. Life in the Universe. Appendix A: A Few Mathematical Skills. Appendix B: the Periodic Table of the Elements. Appendix C: Planetary Data. Appendix D: Stellar Data. Appendix E: Constants. Appendix F: Key Equations. Star Charts.