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 miss
ions 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.
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. ...show less
Edition/Copyright:6TH 08 Cover: Paperback Publisher:Addison-Wesley Longman, Inc. Year Published: 2008 International: No
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Part 1: Astronomy and the Universe
Chapter 1. Charting The Heavens: The Foundations of Astronomy 1.1 Our Place in Space 1.2 Scientific Theory and the Scientific Method 1.3 The "Obvious" View 1.4 Earth's Orbital Motion 1.5 Astronomical Timekeeping 1.6 The Motion of the Moon 1.7 The Measurement of Distance
Chapter 2. The Copernican Revolution: The Birth of Modern Science 2.1 Ancient Astronomy 2.2 The Geocentric Universe 2.3 The Heliocentric Model of the Solar System 2.4 The Birth of Modern Astronomy 2.5 The Laws of Planetary Motion 2.6 The Dimensions of the Solar System 2.7 Newton's Laws 2.8 Newtonian Mechanics
Chapter 3. Radiation: Information from the Cosmos 3.1 Information from the Skies 3.2 Waves in What? 3.3 The Electromagnetic Spectrum 3.4 Thermal Radiation 3.5 The Doppler Effect
Chapter 4. Spectroscopy: The Inner Workings of Atoms 4.1 Spectral Lines 4.2 Atoms and Radiation 4.3 The Formation of Spectral Lines 4.4 Molecules 4.5 Spectral-Line Analysis
Chapter 5. Telescopes: The Tools of Astronomy 5.1 Optical Telescopes 5.2Telescope Size 5.3 Images and Detectors 5.4High-Resolution Astronomy 5.5Radio Astronomy 5.6Interferometry 5.7Space-Based Astronomy 5.8Full-Spectrum Coverage
Part 2: Our Planetary System
Chapter 6. The Solar System: An Introduction to Comparative Planetology 6.1 An Inventory of the Solar System 6.2 Measuring the Planets 6.3 The Overall Layout of the Solar System 6.4 Terrestrial and Jovian Planets 6.5 Interplanetary Matter 6.6 Spacecraft Exploration of the Solar System 6.7 How Did the Solar System Form?
Chapter 7. Earth: Our Home in Space 7.1 Overall Structure of Planet Earth 7.2 Earth's Atmosphere 7.3 Earth's Interior 7.4 Surface Activity 7.5 Earth's Magnetosphere 7.6 The Tides
Chapter 8. The Moon and Mercury: Scorched and Battered Worlds 8.1 Orbital Properties
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