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Voyages to the Stars and Galaxies Media Update and CD

Voyages to the Stars and Galaxies Media Update and CD - 3rd edition

ISBN13: 978-0495017905

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Publisher: Brooks/Cole Publishing Co.
Published: 2006
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Voyages to the Stars and Galaxies Media Update and CD - 3RD 06 edition

ISBN13: 978-0495017905

Andrew Fraknoi, David Morrison and Sidney Wolff

ISBN13: 978-0495017905
ISBN10: 0495017906
Cover type:
Edition/Copyright: 3RD 06
Publisher: Brooks/Cole Publishing Co.

Published: 2006
International: No
Summary

VOYAGES TO THE STARS AND GALAXIES provides students and professors with the ideal combination of authors and experience. It is written by an award-winning astronomy educator (Fraknoi) and two distinguished research scientists (Morrison at NASA and Wolff at NOAO). This author team combines the latest science with classroom-tested teaching strategies and a student-friendly approach. Through unique group activities and a focus on astronomy as a human endeavor, the authors engage and involve students, helping them both understand and enjoy astronomy. The Media Update features the latest research and most recent discoveries since the original publication of the third edition, including an updated section about extra solar planets, a discussion on the effects of the Halloween solar storms of 2003, and the latest stardust mission information.

Table of Contents

Preface for the Student.

Preface for the Instructor.

Prologue: Science and the Universe: A Brief Tour.

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. The Sun: A Garden Variety Star

7. The Sun: A Nuclear Powerhouse.

8. Analyzing Starlight.

9. The Stars: A Celestial Census.

10. Celestial Distances.

11. Between the Stars: Gas and Dust in Space.

12. The Birth of Stars and the Search for Planets.

13. Stars: From Adolescence to Old Age.

14. The Death of Stars.

15. Black Holes and Curved Spacetime.

16. The Milky Way Galaxy.

17. Galaxies.

18. Active Galaxies, Quazars, and Giant Black Holes.

19. The Evolution and Distribution of Galaxies.

20. The Big Bang.

21. Life in the Universe.

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 of the Planets.

Appendix 9: Upcoming (Total) Eclipses.

Appendix 10: The Nearest Stars.

Appendix 11: The Brightest Stars.

Appendix 12: The Brightest Members of the Local Group.

Appendix 13: The Chemical Elements.

Appendix 14: The Constellations.

Appendix 15: The Messier Catalog of Nebulae and Star Clusters.

Index.

Star Maps.

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