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Discovering the Essential Universe

Discovering the Essential Universe - 3rd edition

ISBN13: 978-0716745952

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Publisher: W.H. Freeman
Published: 2006
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Discovering the Essential Universe - 3RD 06 edition

ISBN13: 978-0716745952

Neil F. Comins

ISBN13: 978-0716745952
ISBN10: 071674595X
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Edition/Copyright: 3RD 06
Publisher: W.H. Freeman

Published: 2006
International: No
Summary

Based on the most recent edition of Discovering the Universe (©2006), this bestselling text is the most concise, least expensive option for introductory astronomy courses. Based on the themes and approach to astronomy found in the longer text.

Thorough updating, including the latest information on:

  • Extra-solar planets and the new technique (gravitational lensing) for observing them
  • Titan's surface from the Cassini spacecraft
  • Evidence of water on Mars from the Rovers
  • New Kuiper belt objects, such as Sedna
  • The role of neutron star mergers in the formation of heavy elements
  • A companion galaxy that that is being devoured by the Milky Way
  • New observations on the dark matter believed to bind galaxies
  • Origins of gamma ray bursts
  • Recent discoveries in cosmology, including a discussion of the accelerating universe

New chapter summariesand end-of-chapter questions, recapping of the main objectives of each chapter and by giving students a review source for exams.

Table of Contents

1. Discovering the Night Sky

2. Gravitation and the Waltz of the Planets

3. Light and Telescopes

4. Earth and Moon

5. The Other Planets and Moons

6. Vagabonds of the Solar System

7. The Sun

8. The Nature of Stars

9. The Lives of Stars from Birth through Middle Age

10. The Deaths of Stars

11. The Galaxies

12. Cosmology

Appendix

Glossary

Review Questions/Answers

Index

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