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Table of Contents
I. DEVELOPING PERSPECTIVE.
1. Our Place in the Universe. 2. Discovering the Universe for Yourself. S1. Celestial Timekeeping and Navigation.
II. KEY CONCEPTS FOR ASTRONOMY.
3. The Science of Astronomy. 4. A Universe of Matter and Energy. 5. Universal Motion: From Copernicus to Newton. 6. Light: The Cosmic Messenger. 7. Telescopes and Spacecraft.
III. LEARNING FROM OTHER WORLDS.
8. Formation of the Solar System. 9. Planetary Geology: Earth and the other Terrestrial Worlds. 10. Planetary Atmospheres: Earth and the other Terrestrial Worlds. 11. Jovian Planet Systems. 12. Remnants of Rock and Ice: Asteroids, Comets, and Pluto. 13. 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.
14. Our Star. 15. Stars. 16. Star Stuff. 17. The Bizarre Stellar Graveyard.
VI. GALAXIES AND BEYOND.
18. Our Galaxy. 19. Galaxies: From Here to the Horizon. 20. Galaxy Evolution. 21. Dark Matter and the Fate of the Universe. 22. The Beginning of Time. S5. Interstellar Travel and the Search for Extraterrestrial Civilizations.
Appendix A: Useful Numbers. Appendix B: Useful Formulas. Appendix C: A Few Mathematical Skills. Appendix D: The Periodic Table of the Elements. Appendix E: Planetary Data. Appendix F: Stellar Data. Appendix G: Galaxy Data. Appendix H: Selected Astronomical Web Sites. Appendix I: The 88 Constellations. Appendix J: Star Charts. Glossary. Acknowledgements. Index.