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xiv, 461 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
  • 1. Light-- 2. Uncertainty-- 3. Place, time, and motion-- 4. Names, catalogs, and databases-- 5. Optics for astronomy-- 6. Astronomical telescopes-- 7. Matter and light-- 8. Detectors-- 9. Digital images from arrays-- 10. Photometry-- 11. Spectroscopy.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9781107572560 20170117
The second edition of this popular text provides undergraduates with a quantitative yet accessible introduction to the physical principles underlying the collection and analysis of observational data in contemporary optical and infrared astronomy. The text clearly links recent developments in ground- and space-based telescopes, observatory and instrument design, adaptive optics, and detector technologies to the more modest telescopes and detectors that students may use themselves. Beginning with reviews of the most relevant physical concepts and an introduction to elementary statistics, students are given the firm theoretical foundation they need. New topics, including an expanded treatment of spectroscopy, Gaia, the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope, and photometry at large redshifts bring the text up to date. Historical development of topics and quotations emphasize that astronomy is both a scientific and a human endeavour, while extensive end-of-chapter exercises facilitate the students' practical learning experience.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9781107572560 20170117
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2. Astronomy today [2014]

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xxxi, 735 pages : some color illustrations, color maps ; 29 cm
  • Chapter 1. Charting The Heavens: The Foundations of Astronomy Our Place in Space Scientific Theory and the Scientific Method The "Obvious" View Earth's Orbital Motion Astronomical Timekeeping The Motion of the Moon The Measurement of Distance Chapter 2. The Copernican Revolution: The Birth of Modern Science Ancient Astronomy The Geocentric Universe The Heliocentric Model of the Solar System The Birth of Modern Astronomy The Laws of Planetary Motion The Dimensions of the Solar System Newton's Laws Chapter 3. Radiation: Information from the Cosmos Information from the Skies Waves in What? The Electromagnetic Spectrum Thermal Radiation The Doppler Effect Chapter 4. Spectroscopy: The Inner Workings of Atoms Spectral Lines The Formation of Spectral Lines Molecules Spectral-Line Analysis Chapter 5. Telescopes: The Tools of Astronomy Telescope Design Images and Detectors Telescope Size High-Resolution Astronomy Radio Astronomy Interferometry Space-Based Astronomy Full-Spectrum Coverage Part 2: Our Planetary System Chapter 6. The Solar System: An Introduction to Comparative Planetology An Inventory of the Solar System Planetary Properties The Overall Layout of the Solar System Terrestrial and Jovian Planets Interplanetary Debris Spacecraft Exploration of the Solar System How Did the Solar System Form? Chapter 7. Earth: Our Home in Space Overall Structure of Planet Earth Earth's Atmosphere Earth's Interior Surface Activity Earth's Magnetosphere The Tides Chapter 8. The Moon and Mercury: Scorched and Battered Worlds Orbital Properties Physical Properties Surface Features on the Moon and Mercury Rotation Rates Lunar Cratering and Surface Composition The Surface of Mercury Interiors The Origin of the Moon Evolutionary History of the Moon and Mercury Chapter 9. Venus: Earth's Sister Planet Orbital Properties Physical Properties Long-Distance Observations of Venus The Surface of Venus The Atmosphere of Venus Venus's Magnetic Field and Internal Structure Chapter 10. Mars: A Near Miss for Life? Orbital Properties Physical Properties Long-Distance Observations of Mars The Surface of Mars The Martian Atmosphere Martian Internal Structure The Moons of Mars Chapter 11. Jupiter: Giant of the Solar System Orbital and Physical Properties The Atmosphere of Jupiter Internal Structure Jupiter's Magnetosphere The Moons of Jupiter Jupiter's Ring Chapter 12. Saturn: Spectacular Rings and Mysterious Moons Orbital and Physical Properties Saturn's Atmosphere Saturn's Interior and Magnetosphere Saturn's Spectacular Ring System The Moons of Saturn Chapter 13. Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto: The Outer Worlds of the Solar System The Discovery of Uranus The Discovery of Neptune Physical Properties of Uranus and Neptune The Atmospheres of Uranus and Neptune Magnetospheres and Internal Structure The Moon Systems of Uranus and Neptune The Rings of the Outermost Jovian Planets The Discovery of Pluto Physical Properties of Pluto The Origin of Pluto Chapter 14. Solar System Debris: Keys to Our Origin Asteroids Comets Meteoroids Chapter 15. The Formation of Planetary Systems: The Solar System and Beyond Modeling Planet Formation Planets in the Solar System Interplanetary Debris The Role of Catastrophes Planets Beyond the Solar System Is Our Solar System Unusual? Part 3: Stars And Stellar Evolution Chapter 16. The Sun: Our Parent Star Physical Properties of the Sun The Heart of the Sun The Solar Interior The Solar Atmosphere The Active Sun Observations of Solar Neutrinos Chapter 28. Life In The Universe: Are We Alone? Cosmic Evolution Life in the Solar System Intelligent Life in the Galaxy The Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9780131176836 20160527
  • Part 1: Astronomy and the Universe Chapter 1. Charting The Heavens: The Foundations of Astronomy Our Place in Space Scientific Theory and the Scientific Method The "Obvious" View Earth's Orbital Motion Astronomical Timekeeping The Motion of the Moon The Measurement of Distance Chapter 2. The Copernican Revolution: The Birth of Modern Science Ancient Astronomy The Geocentric Universe The Heliocentric Model of the Solar System The Birth of Modern Astronomy The Laws of Planetary Motion The Dimensions of the Solar System Newton's Laws Chapter 3. Radiation: Information from the Cosmos Information from the Skies Waves in What? The Electromagnetic Spectrum Thermal Radiation The Doppler Effect Chapter 4. Spectroscopy: The Inner Workings of Atoms Spectral Lines The Formation of Spectral Lines Molecules Spectral-Line Analysis Chapter 5. Telescopes: The Tools of Astronomy Telescope Design Images and Detectors Telescope Size High-Resolution Astronomy Radio Astronomy Interferometry Space-Based Astronomy Full-Spectrum Coverage Part 3: Stars And Stellar Evolution Chapter 16. The Sun: Our Parent Star Physical Properties of the Sun The Heart of the Sun The Solar Interior The Solar Atmosphere The Active Sun Observations of Solar Neutrinos Chapter 17. Red Giants and White Dwarfs: A Field Guide to the Stars The Solar Neighborhood Luminosity and Apparent Brightness Stellar Temperatures Stellar Sizes The Hertzsprung-Russell Diagram Extending the Cosmic Distance Scale Stellar Masses Mass and Other Stellar Properties Chapter 18. The Interstellar Medium: Gas and Dust Among the Stars Interstellar Matter Emission Nebulae Dark Dust Clouds 21-Centimeter Radiation Interstellar Molecules Chapter 19. Star Formation: A Traumatic Birth Star-Forming Regions The Formation of Stars Like the Sun Stars of Other Masses Observations of Cloud Fragments and Protostars Shock Waves and Star Formation Star Clusters Chapter 20. Stellar Evolution: The Life and Death of a Star Leaving the Main Sequence Evolution of a Sun-like Star The Death of a Low-Mass Star Evolution of Stars More Massive than the Sun Observing Stellar Evolution in Star Clusters The Evolution of Binary-Star Systems Chapter 21. Stellar Explosions: Novae, Supernovae, and the Formation of the Elements Life after Death for White Dwarfs The End of a High-Mass Star Supernova Explosions The Formation of the Elements The Cycle of Stellar Evolution Chapter 22. Neutron Stars and Black Holes: Strange States of Matter Neutron Stars Pulsars Neutron-Star Binaries Gamma-Ray Bursts Black Holes The Theory of Relativity Space Travel Near Black Holes Observational Evidence for Black Holes Part 4: Galaxies And Cosmology Chapter 23. The Milky Way Galaxy: A Spiral in Space Our Parent Galaxy Measuring the Milky Way Galactic Structure. The Formation of the Milky Way Galactic Spiral Arms The Mass of the Milky Way Galaxy The Galactic Center Chapter 24. Normaland Active Galaxies: Building Blocks of the Universe Hubble's Galaxy Classification The Distribution of Galaxies in Space Hubble's Law Active Galactic Nuclei The Central Engine of an Active Galaxy Chapter 25. Galaxies and Dark Matter: The Large-Scale Structure of the Cosmos Dark Matter in the Universe Galaxy Collisions Galaxy Formation and Evolution Supermassive Black Holes in Galactic Nuclei The Universe on Large Scales Chapter 26. Cosmology: The Big Bang and the Fate of the Universe The Universe on the Largest Scales The Expanding Universe The Fate of the Cosmos The Geometry of Space Will the Universe Expand Forever? Dark Energy and Cosmology The Cosmic Microwave Background Chapter 27. The Early Universe: Toward the Beginning of Time Back to the Big Bang The Evolution of the Universe The Formation of Nuclei and Atoms The Inflationary Universe The Formation of Structure in the Universe Chapter 28. Life In The Universe: Are We Alone? Cosmic Evolution Life in the Solar System Intelligent Life in the Galaxy The Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9780131176843 20160527
  • Volume 1: 1-16, 28 Volume 2: 1-5, 16-28 Part 1: Astronomy and the Universe Chapter 1. Charting The Heavens: The Foundations of Astronomy Our Place in Space Scientific Theory and the Scientific Method The "Obvious" View Earth's Orbital Motion Astronomical Timekeeping The Motion of the Moon The Measurement of Distance Chapter 2. The Copernican Revolution: The Birth of Modern Science Ancient Astronomy The Geocentric Universe The Heliocentric Model of the Solar System The Birth of Modern Astronomy The Laws of Planetary Motion The Dimensions of the Solar System Newton's Laws Chapter 3. Radiation: Information from the Cosmos Information from the Skies Waves in What? The Electromagnetic Spectrum Thermal Radiation The Doppler Effect Chapter 4. Spectroscopy: The Inner Workings of Atoms Spectral Lines The Formation of Spectral Lines Molecules Spectral-Line Analysis Chapter 5. Telescopes: The Tools of Astronomy Telescope Design Images and Detectors Telescope Size High-Resolution Astronomy Radio Astronomy Interferometry Space-Based Astronomy Full-Spectrum Coverage Part 2: Our Planetary System Chapter 6. The Solar System: An Introduction to Comparative Planetology An Inventory of the Solar System Planetary Properties The Overall Layout of the Solar System Terrestrial and Jovian Planets Interplanetary Debris Spacecraft Exploration of the Solar System How Did the Solar System Form? Chapter 7. Earth: Our Home in Space Overall Structure of Planet Earth Earth's Atmosphere Earth's Interior Surface Activity Earth's Magnetosphere The Tides Chapter 8. The Moon and Mercury: Scorched and Battered Worlds Orbital Properties Physical Properties Surface Features on the Moon and Mercury Rotation Rates Lunar Cratering and Surface Composition The Surface of Mercury Interiors The Origin of the Moon Evolutionary History of the Moon and Mercury Chapter 9. Venus: Earth's Sister Planet Orbital Properties Physical Properties Long-Distance Observations of Venus The Surface of Venus The Atmosphere of Venus Venus's Magnetic Field and Internal Structure Chapter 10. Mars: A Near Miss for Life? Orbital Properties Physical Properties Long-Distance Observations of Mars The Surface of Mars The Martian Atmosphere Martian Internal Structure The Moons of Mars Chapter 11. Jupiter: Giant of the Solar System Orbital and Physical Properties The Atmosphere of Jupiter Internal Structure Jupiter's Magnetosphere The Moons of Jupiter Jupiter's Ring Chapter 12. Saturn: Spectacular Rings and Mysterious Moons Orbital and Physical Properties Saturn's Atmosphere Saturn's Interior and Magnetosphere Saturn's Spectacular Ring System The Moons of Saturn Chapter 13. Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto: The Outer Worlds of the Solar System The Discovery of Uranus The Discovery of Neptune Physical Properties of Uranus and Neptune The Atmospheres of Uranus and Neptune Magnetospheres and Internal Structure The Moon Systems of Uranus and Neptune The Rings of the Outermost Jovian Planets The Discovery of Pluto Physical Properties of Pluto The Origin of Pluto Chapter 14. Solar System Debris: Keys to Our Origin Asteroids Comets Meteoroids Chapter 15. The Formation of Planetary Systems: The Solar System and Beyond Modeling Planet Formation Planets in the Solar System Interplanetary Debris The Role of Catastrophes Planets Beyond the Solar System Is Our Solar System Unusual? Part 3: Stars And Stellar Evolution Chapter 16. The Sun: Our Parent Star Physical Properties of the Sun The Heart of the Sun The Solar Interior The Solar Atmosphere The Active Sun Observations of Solar Neutrinos Chapter 17. Red Giants and White Dwarfs: A Field Guide to the Stars The Solar Neighborhood Luminosity and Apparent Brightness Stellar Temperatures Stellar Sizes The Hertzsprung-Russell Diagram Extending the Cosmic Distance Scale Stellar Masses Mass and Other Stellar Properties Chapter 18. The Interstellar Medium: Gas and Dust Among the Stars Interstellar Matter Emission Nebulae Dark Dust Clouds 21-Centimeter Radiation Interstellar Molecules Chapter 19. Star Formation: A Traumatic Birth Star-Forming Regions The Formation of Stars Like the Sun Stars of Other Masses Observations of Cloud Fragments and Protostars Shock Waves and Star Formation Star Clusters Chapter 20. Stellar Evolution: The Life and Death of a Star Leaving the Main Sequence Evolution of a Sun-like Star The Death of a Low-Mass Star Evolution of Stars More Massive than the Sun Observing Stellar Evolution in Star Clusters The Evolution of Binary-Star Systems Chapter 21. Stellar Explosions: Novae, Supernovae, and the Formation of the Elements Life after Death for White Dwarfs The End of a High-Mass Star Supernova Explosions The Formation of the Elements The Cycle of Stellar Evolution Chapter 22. Neutron Stars and Black Holes: Strange States of Matter Neutron Stars Pulsars Neutron-Star Binaries Gamma-Ray Bursts Black Holes The Theory of Relativity Space Travel Near Black Holes Observational Evidence for Black Holes Part 4: Galaxies And Cosmology Chapter 23. The Milky Way Galaxy: A Spiral in Space Our Parent Galaxy Measuring the Milky Way Galactic Structure. The Formation of the Milky Way Galactic Spiral Arms The Mass of the Milky Way Galaxy The Galactic Center Chapter 24. Normaland Active Galaxies: Building Blocks of the Universe Hubble's Galaxy Classification The Distribution of Galaxies in Space Hubble's Law Active Galactic Nuclei The Central Engine of an Active Galaxy Chapter 25. Galaxies and Dark Matter: The Large-Scale Structure of the Cosmos Dark Matter in the Universe Galaxy Collisions Galaxy Formation and Evolution Supermassive Black Holes in Galactic Nuclei The Universe on Large Scales Chapter 26. Cosmology: The Big Bang and the Fate of the Universe The Universe on the Largest Scales The Expanding Universe The Fate of the Cosmos The Geometry of Space Will the Universe Expand Forever? Dark Energy and Cosmology The Cosmic Microwave Background Chapter 27. The Early Universe: Toward the Beginning of Time Back to the Big Bang The Evolution of the Universe The Formation of Nuclei and Atoms The Inflationary Universe The Formation of Structure in the Universe Chapter 28. Life In The Universe: Are We Alone? Cosmic Evolution Life in the Solar System Intelligent Life in the Galaxy The Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9780131445963 20160528
  • I. ASTRONOMY AND THE UNIVERSE 1. Charting the Heavens: The Foundations of Astronomy 2. The Copernican Revolution: The Birth of Modern Science 3. Radiation: Information from the Cosmos 4. Spectroscopy: The Inner Workings of Atoms 5. Telescopes: The Tools of Astronomy II. OUR PLANETARY SYSTEM 6. The Solar System: Comparative Planetology and Formation Models7. Earth: Our Home in Space 8. The Moon and Mercury: Scorched and Battered Worlds 9. Venus: Earth's Sister Planet 10. Mars: A Near Miss for Life? 11. Jupiter: Giant of the Solar System 12. Saturn: Spectacular Rings and Mysterious Moons 13. Uranus and Neptune: The Outer Worlds of the Solar System 14. Solar System Debris: Keys to Our Origin 15. Exoplanets: Planetary Systems Beyond Our Own. III. STARS AND STELLAR EVOLUTION 16. The Sun: Our Parent Star 17. The Stars: Giants, Dwarfs, and the Main Sequence 18. The Interstellar Medium: Gas and Dust among the Stars 19. Star Formation: A Traumatic Birth 20. Stellar Evolution: The Life and Death of a Star 21. Stellar Explosions: Novae, Supernovae, and the Formation of the Elements 22. Neutron Stars and Black Holes: Strange States of Matter IV. GALAXIES AND COSMOLOGY 23. The Milky Way Galaxy: A Spiral in Space 24. Galaxies: Building Blocks of the Universe 25. Galaxies and Dark Matter: The Large-Scale Structure of the Cosmos 26. Cosmology: The Big Bang and the Fate of the Universe 27. The Early Universe: Toward the Beginning of Time 28. Life in the Universe: Are We Alone?
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9780321897619 20160613
For one- or two-semester introductory courses in astronomy. Chaisson/McMillan is a trusted text that offers the most complete and innovative learning package available for introductory astronomy. The goal of the Fifth Edition is to focus on the process of discovery and to better convey how science is done. Particular attention was given to clearly and concisely presenting scientific terms to the non-science student. Volume 2 includes Chapters 1-5 plus 16-28.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780131176843 20160527
ALERT: Before you purchase, check with your instructor or review your course syllabus to ensure that you select the correct ISBN. Several versions of Pearson's MyLab & Mastering products exist for each title, including customized versions for individual schools, and registrations are not transferable. In addition, you may need a CourseID, provided by your instructor, to register for and use Pearson's MyLab & Mastering products. Packages Access codes for Pearson's MyLab & Mastering products may not be included when purchasing or renting from companies other than Pearson; check with the seller before completing your purchase. Used or rental books If you rent or purchase a used book with an access code, the access code may have been redeemed previously and you may have to purchase a new access code. Access codes Access codes that are purchased from sellers other than Pearson carry a higher risk of being either the wrong ISBN or a previously redeemed code. Check with the seller prior to purchase. -- With Astronomy Today, Eighth Edition, trusted authors Eric Chaisson and Steve McMillan communicate their excitement about astronomy, delivering current and thorough science with insightful pedagogy. The text emphasizes critical thinking and visualization, and it focuses on the process of scientific discovery, teaching students "how we know what we know." The Eighth Edition has been thoroughly updated with the latest astronomical discoveries and theories and improved pedagogical features. 0321897617 / 9780321897619 Astronomy Today Plus MasteringAstronomy with eText -- Access Card Package Package consists of: 0321901673 / 9780321901675 Astronomy Today 0321909860 / 9780321909862 MasteringAstronomy with Pearson eText -- ValuePack Access Card -- for Astronomy Today.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780321897619 20160613
With Astronomy Today, Eighth Edition, trusted authors Eric Chaisson and Steve McMillan communicate their excitement about astronomy, delivering current and thorough science with insightful pedagogy. The text emphasizes critical thinking and visualization, and it focuses on the process of scientific discovery, teaching students "how we know what we know." The Eighth Edition has been thoroughly updated with the latest astronomical discoveries and theories and improved pedagogical features.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780321901675 20160613
This package consists of: Astronomy Today, Volume 1: The Solar System, Eighth Edition— Focuses primarily on planetary coverage for a 1-term course. Includes Chapters 1– 16, 28. With Astronomy Today, Eighth Edition, trusted authors Eric Chaisson and Steve McMillan communicate their excitement about astronomy, delivering current and thorough science with insightful pedagogy. The text emphasizes critical thinking and visualization, and it focuses on the process of scientific discovery, teaching students “ how we know what we know.” The Eighth Edition has been thoroughly updated with the latest astronomical discoveries and theories and improved pedagogical features..
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780321909718 20160614
With Astronomy Today, Eighth Edition, trusted authors Eric Chaisson and Steve McMillan communicate their excitement about astronomy, delivering current and thorough science with insightful pedagogy. The text emphasizes critical thinking and visualization, and it focuses on the process of scientific discovery, teaching students “ how we know what we know.” The Eighth Edition has been thoroughly updated with the latest astronomical discoveries and theories and improved pedagogical features. This package consists of: Astronomy Today, Volume 2: Stars and Galaxies, Eighth Edition— Focuses primarily on stars and stellar evolution for a 1-term course. Includes Chapters 1– 5 and 16– 28..
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780321909725 20160614
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1 volume (various pagings) : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 28 cm
  • PART I: UNDERSTANDING ASTRONOMY 1. Discovering the Night Sky 2. Gravitation and the Motion of the Planets 3. Light and Telescopes 4. Atomic Physics and Spectra PART II: UNDERSTANDING THE SOLAR SYSTEM 5. Formation of the Solar System and Other Planetary Systems 6. Earth and Moon 7. The Other Terrestrial Planets 8. The Outer Planets 9. Vagabonds of the Solar System 10. The Sun: Our Extraordinary Ordinary Star PART III: UNDERSTANDING THE STARS 11. Characterizing Stars 12. The Lives of Stars from Birth Through Middle Age 13. The Deaths of Stars 14. Black Holes: Matters of Gravity Part IV: UNDERSTANDING THE UNIVERSE 15. The Milky Way Galaxy 16. Galaxies 17. Quasars and Other Active Galaxies 18. Cosmology 19. Astrobiology.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9781464140860 20170605
Neil Comins' Discovering the Universe is highly acclaimed for bringing the excitement of scientific discovery to the one-term astronomy course. Vivid writing and images, conceptual and mathematical support, and a focus on common mistakes and misunderstandings have made the book a longtime classroom bestseller.
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xix, 255 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
  • Preface to the First Edition.- Preface to the Second Edition.- Preface to the Third Edition.- Part I: Telescopes.- Chapter 1: Types of Telescopes.- Chapter 2: Telescope Optics.- Chapter 3: Modern Small Telescope Design.- Part II: Positions and Motions.- Chapter 4: Positions in the Sky.- Chapter 5: Movements of Objects in the Sky.- Chapter 6: Telescope Mountings.- Part III: Observing.- Chapter 7: Electromagnetic Radiation.- Chapter 8: Visual Observing.- Chapter 9: Detectors and Imaging.- Chapter 10: Data Processing.- Chapter 11: Photometry.- Chapter 12: Spectroscopy.- Appendix A: For Further Reading.- Appendix B: Constellations.- Appendix C: Answers to Exercises.- Appendix D: SI and Other Units.- Appendix E: The Greek Alphabet.- Index.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9781461448907 20160610
"Telescopes and Techniques" has proved itself in its first edition, having become probably one of the most widely used astronomy texts, both for numerate amateur astronomers and for astronomy and astrophysics undergraduates. The first and second editions of the book were widely used as set texts for introductory practical astronomy courses in many universities. This book guides the reader through the mathematics, physics and practical techniques needed to use telescopes (from small amateur models to the larger instruments installed in many colleges) and to observe objects in the sky. Mathematics to around Advanced Placement standard (US) or A level (UK) is assumed, although High School Diploma (US) or GCSE-level (UK) mathematics plus some basic trigonometry will suffice most of the time. Most of the physics and engineering involved is described fully and requires no prior knowledge or experience. This is a 'how to' book that provides the knowledge and background required to understand how and why telescopes work. Equipped with the techniques discussed in this book, the observer will be able to operate with confidence his or her telescope and to optimize its performance for a particular purpose. In principle the observer could calculate his or her own predictions of planetary positions (ephemerides), but more realistically the observer will be able to understand the published data lists properly instead of just treating them as 'recipes.' When the observer has obtained measurements, he/she will be able to analyze them in a scientific manner and to understand the significance and meaning of the results. "Telescopes and Techniques, 3rd Edition" fills a niche at the start of an undergraduate astronomer's university studies, as shown by it having been widely adopted as a set textbook. This third edition is now needed to update its material with the many new observing developments and study areas that have come into prominence since it was published. The book concentrates on the knowledge needed to understand how small(ish) optical telescopes function, their main designs and how to set them up, plus introducing the reader to the many ways in which objects in the sky change their positions and how they may be observed. Both visual and electronic imaging techniques are covered, together with an introduction to how data (measurements) should be processed and analyzed. A simple introduction to radio telescopes is also included. Brief coverage of the most advanced topics of photometry and spectroscopy are included, but mainly to enable the reader to see some of the developments possible from the basic observing techniques covered in the main parts of the book.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9781461448907 20160610
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xxv, 583, 20, 14, 5, 16 p. : ill. (chiefly col.) ; 28 cm.
  • Preface PART I: UNDERSTANDING ASTRONOMY 1. Discovering the Night Sky 2. Gravitation and the Motion of the Planets 3. Light and Telescopes 4. Atomic Physics and Spectra PART II: UNDERSTANDING THE SOLAR SYSTEM 5. Formation of the Solar System and Other Planetary Systems 6. Earth and Moon 7. The Other Terrestrial Planets 8. The Outer Planets 9. Vagabonds of the Solar System 10. The Sun: Our Extraordinary Ordinary Star PART III: UNDERSTANDING THE STARS 11. Characterizing Stars 12. The Lives of Stars from Birth Through Middle Age 13. The Deaths of Stars 14. Black Holes: Matters of Gravity Part IV: UNDERSTANDING THE UNIVERSE 15. The Milky Way Galaxy 16. Galaxies 17. Quasars and Other Active Galaxies 18. Cosmology 19. Astrobiology Appendices Appendices Glossary Answers to Margin Questions and Computational Questions Index.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9781429255202 20160608
"Discovering the Universe" is the bestselling brief text for descriptive one-term astronomy courses (especially those with no mathematics prerequisites). Carried along by the book's vibrant main theme, "the process of scientific discovery, " the Ninth Edition furthers the book's legacy for presenting concepts clearly and accurately while providing all the pedagogical tools to make the learning process memorable.
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246 pages : maps, color illustrations ; 26 cm
  • Apparent sizes
  • Mapping the sky
  • Distances
  • Map of the universe
  • Sizes in the solar system
  • To infinity and beyond.
The authors offer visual comparisons with astonishing precision and maximum reader-friendliness, conveying clear and understandable explanations of unimaginable vastness.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9781426206511 20180717
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