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Astronomy Today, Volume 1

Astronomy Today, Volume 1 - 6th edition

Astronomy Today, Volume 1 - 6th edition

ISBN13: 9780136155492

ISBN10: 0136155499

Astronomy Today, Volume 1 by Eric Chaisson and Steve McMillan - ISBN 9780136155492
Cover type: Paperback
Edition: 6TH 08
Copyright: 2008
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Longman, Inc.
Published: 2008
International: No
Astronomy Today, Volume 1 by Eric Chaisson and Steve McMillan - ISBN 9780136155492

ISBN13: 9780136155492

ISBN10: 0136155499

Cover type: Paperback
Edition: 6TH 08

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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

Table of Contents

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 Review

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 Review

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 Review

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 Review

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

Chapter Review

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 Review

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 Review

Chapter 8. The Moon and Mercury: Scorched and Battered Worlds 8.1 Orbital Properties