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Astronomy Today, Volume 2

Astronomy Today, Volume 2 - 6th edition

Astronomy Today, Volume 2 - 6th edition

ISBN13: 9780136155508

ISBN10: 0136155502

Astronomy Today, Volume 2 by Eric Chaisson and Steve McMillan - ISBN 9780136155508
Edition: 6TH 08
Copyright: 2008
Publisher: Prentice Hall, Inc.
International: No
Astronomy Today, Volume 2 by Eric Chaisson and Steve McMillan - ISBN 9780136155508

ISBN13: 9780136155508

ISBN10: 0136155502

Edition: 6TH 08

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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


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


5.7Space-Based Astronomy

5.8Full-Spectrum Coverage

Chapter Review

Chapter 16. The Sun: Our Parent Star

16.1Physical Properties of the Sun

16.2The Solar Interior

16.3The Solar Atmosphere

16.4Solar Magnetism

16.5The Active Sun

16.6 The Heart of the Sun

16.7 Observations of Solar Neutrinos

Chapter Review

Chapter 17. Measuring the Stars: Giants, Dwarfs, and the Main Sequence

17.1The Solar Neighborhood

17.2Luminosity and Apparent Brightness

17.3Stellar Temperatures

17.4Stellar Sizes

17.5The Hertzsprung-Russell Diagram

17.6Extending the Cosmic Distance Scale

17.7Stellar Masses

17.8Mass and Other Stellar Properties

Chapter Review

Chapter 18. The Interstellar Medium: Gas and Dust Among the Stars

18.1Interstellar Matter