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Voyages to the Planets - Text Only

Voyages to the Planets - Text Only - 2nd edition

ISBN13: 978-0030267932

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ISBN10: 0030267935
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Publisher: Harcourt Brace or Harcourt Press
Published: 2000
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Voyages to the Planets - Text Only - 2ND 00 edition

ISBN13: 978-0030267932

Andrew Fraknoi, David Morrison and Sidney Wolff

ISBN13: 978-0030267932
ISBN10: 0030267935
Cover type:
Edition/Copyright: 2ND 00
Publisher: Harcourt Brace or Harcourt Press

Published: 2000
International: No
Summary

This new shorter text includes about 3/5th of the best selling astronomy textbook, Voyages through the Universe, 2nd edition. It features the chapters on the sky, light and spectra, telescopes, the solar system, the Sun, planets around other stars, and the search for life elsewhere. It is a complete, stand-alone text for those astronomy courses (or readers) interested mostly in our local cosmic neighborhood.

  • Approachable, humorous writing style encourages students to pursue astronomical topics within the text and beyond.
  • Captivating illustrations illuminate classroom discussions, and detailed captions help students understand what the image is really about.
  • Astronomy Basics explains fundamental scientific ideas and processes of astronomy.
  • Seeing for Yourself boxes provide observing exercises requiring little or no equipment.
  • Making Connections boxes connect the enterprise ofastronomy to other disciplines.

Author Bio

Fraknoi, Andrew : Foothill College / Astronomical Society of the Pacific

Morrison, David : NASA Ames Research Center

Wolff, Sidney : National Optical Astronomy Observatories

Table of Contents

Preface for the Instructor
Prologue and Brief Tour of the Solar System (and Beyond)

1. Observing the Sky: The Birth of Astronomy
2. Orbits and Gravity
3. Earth, Moon, and Sky
4. Radiation and Spectra
5. Astronomical Instruments
6. Other Worlds: An Introduction to the Solar System
7. Earth as a Planet
8. Cratered Worlds: The Moon and Mercury
9. Earth-like Planets: Venus and Mars
10. The Giant Planets
11. Rings, Moons, and Pluto
12. Comets and Asteroids: Debris of the Solar System
13. Cosmic Samples and the Origin of the Solar System
14. The Sun: Our Star
15. Planets and Life Elsewhere

Appendix 1: Astronomy on the World Wide Web
Appendix 2: Sources of Astronomical Information
Appendix 3: Glossary
Appendix 4: Powers-of-Ten Notation
Appendix 5: Units Used in Science
Appendix 6: Some Useful Constants for Astronomy
Appendix 7: Data for the Planets
Appendix 8: Satellites for the Planets
Appendix 9: Upcoming (Total) Eclipses
Appendix 10: The Chemical Elements
Appendix 11: The Constellations

Index
Star Maps

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