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Astronomy is written in clear non-technical language, with the occasional touch of humor and a wide range of clarifying illustrations. It has many analogies drawn from everyday life to help non-science majors appreciate, on their own terms, what our modern exploration of the universe is revealing. The book can be used for either aone-semester or two-semester introductory course (bear in mind, you can customize your version and include only those chapters or sections you will be teaching.) It is made available free of charge in electronic form (and low cost in printed form) to students around the world. If you have ever thrown up your hands in despair over the spiraling cost of astronomy textbooks, you owe your students a good look at this one. Coverage and Scope Astronomy was written, updated, and reviewed by a broad range of astronomers and astronomy educators in a strong community effort. It is designed to meet scope and sequence requirements of introductory astronomy courses nationwide. Chapter 1: Science and the Universe: A Brief Tour Chapter 2: Observing the Sky: The Birth of Astronomy Chapter 3: Orbits and Gravity Chapter 4: Earth, Moon, and Sky Chapter 5: Radiation and Spectra Chapter 6: Astronomical Instruments Chapter 7: Other Worlds: An Introduction to the Solar System Chapter 8: Earth as a Planet Chapter 9: Cratered Worlds Chapter 10: Earthlike Planets: Venus and Mars Chapter 11: The Giant Planets Chapter 12: Rings, Moons, and Pluto Chapter 13: Comets and Asteroids: Debris of the Solar System Chapter 14: Cosmic Samples and the Origin of the Solar System Chapter 15: The Sun: A Garden-Variety Star Chapter 16: The Sun: A Nuclear Powerhouse Chapter 17: Analyzing Starlight Chapter 18: The Stars: A Celestial Census Chapter 19: Celestial Distances Chapter 20: Between the Stars: Gas and Dust in Space Chapter 21: The Birth of Stars and the Discovery of Planets outside the Solar System Chapter 22: Stars from Adolescence to Old Age Chapter 23: The Death of Stars Chapter 24: Black Holes and Curved Spacetime Chapter 25: The Milky Way Galaxy Chapter 26: Galaxies Chapter 27: Active Galaxies, Quasars, and Supermassive Black Holes Chapter 28: The Evolution and Distribution of Galaxies Chapter 29: The Big Bang Chapter 30: Life in the Universe Appendix A: How to Study for Your Introductory Astronomy Course Appendix B: Astronomy Websites, Pictures, and Apps Appendix C: Scientific Notation Appendix D: Units Used in Science Appendix E: Some Useful Constants for Astronomy Appendix F: Physical and Orbital Data for the Planets Appendix G: Selected Moons of the Planets Appendix H: Upcoming Total Eclipses Appendix I: The Nearest Stars, Brown Dwarfs, and White Dwarfs Appendix J: The Brightest Twenty Stars Appendix K: The Chemical Elements Appendix L: The Constellations Appendix M: Star Charts and Sky Event Resources

  • Author : Andrew Fraknoi,David Morrison,Sidney C. Wolff
  • Publisher : Unknown
  • Release Date : 2017-12-19

Astronomy is written in clear non-technical language, with the occasional touch of humor and a wide range of clarifying illustrations. It has many analogies drawn from everyday life to help non-science majors appreciate, on their own terms, what our modern exploration of the universe is revealing. The book can be

The Astronomy Book
  • Author : DK
  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Release Date : 2017-09-05

Since the dawn of humankind, people have looked upward to the heavens and tried to understand them. This encyclopedia takes you on an expedition through time and space to discover our place in the universe. We invite you to take a journey through the wonders of the universe. Explore the

New Astronomy Book
  • Author : Danny R. Faulkner
  • Publisher : New Leaf Publishing Group
  • Release Date : 2014-09-01

The universe is an amazing declaration of the glory and power of God! Beautiful and breathtaking in its scale, the vast expanse of the universe is one that we struggle to study, understand, or even comprehend in terms of its purpose and size. Now take an incredible look at the

Early Astronomy
  • Author : Hugh Thurston
  • Publisher : Springer Science & Business Media
  • Release Date : 1996-08-29

The earliest investigations that can be called scientific are concerned with the sky; they are the beginnings of astronomy. Many early civilizations produced astronomical texts, and several cultures that left no written records left monuments and artifacts - ranging from rock paintings to Stonehenge - that show a clear interest

Astronomy Lab for Kids
  • Author : Michelle Nichols
  • Publisher : Unknown
  • Release Date : 2016-10-01

Introduce your children to the wonders of the galaxy in a fun, hands on way! It can be hard to explain and understand what lies beyond what you see in the beauitiful night sky. Astronomy Lab for Kids teaches children the basics of outerspace in 52 lessons that can be done

Source Book in Astronomy  1900 1950
  • Author : Harlow Shapley
  • Publisher : Harvard University Press
  • Release Date : 1960

The phenomenal growth of modern astronomy, including the invention of the coronagraph and major developments in telescope design and photographic technique, is unparalleled in many centuries. Theories of relativity, the concept and measurement of the expanding universe, the location of sun and planets far from the center of the Milky

Handbook of CCD Astronomy
  • Author : Steve B. Howell
  • Publisher : Cambridge University Press
  • Release Date : 2006-03-02

Charge-Coupled Devices (CCDs) are the state-of-the-art detector in many fields of observational science. Updated to include all of the latest developments in CCDs, this second edition of the Handbook of CCD Astronomy is a concise and accessible reference on all practical aspects of using CCDs. Starting with their electronic workings,

Firefly Astronomy Dictionary
  • Author : John Woodruff
  • Publisher : Firefly Books
  • Release Date : 2003

Filled with fascinating encyclopedia articles and fetching color photographs, this comprehensive cross-referenced guide to the universe includes hundreds of illustrations, one thousand up-to-date entries, thirty-five tables, and short bios of Ptolemy, Galileo, Johann Kepler, Copernicus, and Edwin Hubble, among others. Original.

Bad Astronomy
  • Author : Philip C. Plait
  • Publisher : John Wiley & Sons
  • Release Date : 2002-10-08

Advance praise for Philip Plait s Bad Astronomy "Bad Astronomy is just plain good! Philip Plait clears up everymisconception on astronomy and space you never knew you sufferedfrom." --Stephen Maran, Author of Astronomy for Dummies and editorof The Astronomy and Astrophysics Encyclopedia "Thank the cosmos for the bundle of star

Astronomers Anonymous
  • Author : Steve Ringwood
  • Publisher : Springer
  • Release Date : 2010-07-12

During more than four decades of involvement in amateur astronomy, I have enjoyed the privilege of rubbing shoulders with numberless amateur and professional astr- omers. In so doing I have encountered at first, second, and third hand many of the joys and pitfalls that sky watchers can experience in pursuit

Greek Astronomy
  • Author : Thomas L. Heath
  • Publisher : Cambridge University Press
  • Release Date : 2014-03-20

From its beginnings in Babylonian and Egyptian theories, through its flowering into revolutionary ideas such as heliocentricity, astronomy proved a source of constant fascination for the philosophers of antiquity. In ancient Greece, the earliest written evidence of astronomical knowledge appeared in the poems of Homer and Hesiod. In the present

Intersections of Religion and Astronomy
  • Author : Chris Corbally,Darry Dinell,Aaron Ricker
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Release Date : 2020-11-02

This volume examines the way in which cultural ideas about "the heavens" shape religious ideas and are shaped by them in return. Our approaches to cosmology have a profound effect on the way in which we each deal with religious questions and participate in the imaginative work of public and

The Everything Astronomy Book
  • Author : Cynthia Phillips,Shana Priwer
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Release Date : 2011-12-15

The Everything Astronomy Book, by noted SETI Institute scientist Dr. Cynthia Phillips, helps you stargaze with authority. The book not only provides clear descriptions of all the theories of the origins of the universe, it explains the facts about the planets, moons, and stars in language anyone can understand-completely free

Astronomy For Kids  Planets  Stars and Constellations   Intergalactic Kids Book Edition
  • Author : Baby Professor
  • Publisher : Speedy Publishing LLC
  • Release Date : 2017-02-15

Here’s the little book with big information on planets, stars and constellations. You’d say it’s a pretty book because majority of it is composed of brilliant pictures. There are texts, still, to encourage a child to practice reading and comprehension. This is a good book to add

The Data Book of Astronomy
  • Author : Patrick Moore
  • Publisher : CRC Press
  • Release Date : 2000-01-01

Filled with data about the Earth, Moon, the planets, the stars, our Galaxy, and the myriad galaxies in deep space, this invaluable resource reveals the latest scientific discoveries about black holes, quasars, and the origins of the Universe. It includes maps supported by detailed tables of the names, positions, magnitudes,