Horizons: Exploring the Universe

Horizons: Exploring the Universe


By (author) Michael A. Seeds

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  • Publisher: BROOKS/COLE
  • Format: Paperback | 512 pages
  • Dimensions: 230mm x 272mm x 20mm | 1,202g
  • Publication date: 5 February 2009
  • Publication City/Country: CA
  • ISBN 10: 0495560421
  • ISBN 13: 9780495560425
  • Edition: 11
  • Edition statement: International ed of 11th revised ed
  • Illustrations note: col. Illustrations
  • Sales rank: 1,175,508

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With their best-selling astronomy textbook, HORIZONS, INTERNATIONAL EDITION, authors Mike Seeds and Dana Backman help you understand your place in the universe-not just your location in space, but your role in the unfolding history of the physical universe. To achieve this goal, they focuses on two central questions: What Are We?, which highlights your place as a planet dweller in an evolving universe, guiding you to better understand where we came from and how we formed, and How Do We Know?, which provides insights into how the process of science can teach us more about what we are.

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Table of contents

Part I: THE SKY. 1. Here and Now. 2. The Sky. 3. Cycles of the Sky. 4. The Origin of Modern Astronomy. 5. Light and Telescopes. Part II: THE STARS. 6. Starlight and Atoms. 7. The Sun. 8. The Family of Stars. 9. The Formation and Structure of Stars. 10. The Deaths of Stars. 11. Neutron Stars and Black Holes. Part III: THE UNIVERSE OF GALAXIES. 12. The Milky Way Galaxy. 13. Galaxies. 14. Active Galaxies and Supermassive Black Holes. 15. Modern Cosmology. Part IV: THE SOLAR SYSTEM. 16. The Origin of the Solar System. 17. The Terrestrial Planets. 18. The Jovian Planets, Pluto and the Kuiper Belt. 19. Meteorites, Asteroids, and Comets. Part V: LIFE. 20. Life on Other Worlds. Afterword. Appendix A: Units and Astronomical Data. Appendix B: Observing the Sky. Glossary. Answers to Even-Numbered Problems. Index.