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:Prentice Hall, Inc. Year Published: 2008 International: No
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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
4.5 Spectral-Line Analysis
Chapter 5. Telescopes: The Tools of Astronomy
5.1 Optical Telescopes
5.3 Images and Detectors
Chapter 16. The Sun: Our Parent Star
16.1Physical Properties of the Sun
16.2The Solar Interior
16.3The Solar Atmosphere
16.5The Active Sun
16.6 The Heart of the Sun
16.7 Observations of Solar Neutrinos
Chapter 17. Measuring the Stars: Giants, Dwarfs, and the Main Sequence
17.1The Solar Neighborhood
17.2Luminosity and Apparent Brightness
17.5The Hertzsprung-Russell Diagram
17.6Extending the Cosmic Distance Scale
17.8Mass and Other Stellar Properties
Chapter 18. The Interstellar Medium: Gas and Dust Among the Stars
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