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With this revised edition of THE SOLAR SYSTEM, author Mike Seeds' goal is to help you use astronomy to understand science -- and use science to understand what we are. Fascinating and engaging, this text will help you answer two fundamental questions: What are we? How do we know? Crafting a story about astronomy, Seeds shows you how to ask questions to gradually puzzle out the beautiful secrets of the physical world and our place in it. This edition addresses the newest developments and latest discoveries in the exciting study of astronomy, including new data on Jupiter's ring system; new observations of the shapes of stars; new evidence of dark energy, quasars, and galaxy collisions; and a look inside supernova explosions.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 464 pages
  • 226.06 x 271.78 x 17.78mm | 771.1g
  • Cengage Learning, Inc
  • BROOKS/COLE
  • CA, United States
  • English
  • Revised
  • 7th Revised edition
  • black & white tables, maps, figures
  • 1439050368
  • 9781439050361
  • 2,159,737

About Dana E. Backman

Dana Backman taught in the physics and astronomy department at Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, from 1991 until 2003. He invented and taught a course titled "Life in the Universe" in F&M's interdisciplinary Foundations program. Dana now teaches introductory Solar System astronomy at Santa Clara University and introductory astronomy, astrobiology, and cosmology courses in Stanford University's Continuing Studies Program. His research interests focus on infrared observations of planet formation, models of debris disks around nearby stars, and evolution of the solar system's Kuiper belt. Dana is employed by the SETI Institute in Mountain View, California, as director of education and public outreach for SOFIA (the Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy) at NASA's Ames Research Center. Dana is coauthor with Mike Seeds of Horizons: Exploring the Universe, 14th edition (2018); Universe: Solar Systems, Stars, and Galaxies, 7th edition (2012); Stars and Galaxies, 8th edition (2013); The Solar System, 8th edition (2013); and ASTRO, 2nd edition (2013), all published by Cengage. Mike Seeds was a professor of physics and astronomy at Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, from 1970 until his retirement in 2001. In 1989 he received F&M College's Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching. Mike's love for the history of astronomy led him to create upper-level courses on archaeoastronomy and on the Copernican Revolution ("Changing Concepts of the Universe"). His research interests focused on variable stars and automation of astronomical telescopes. Mike is coauthor with Dana Backman of Horizons: Exploring the Universe, 12th edition (2012); Universe: Solar Systems, Stars, and Galaxies, 7th edition (2012); Stars and Galaxies, 8th edition (2013); The Solar System, 8th edition (2013); and ASTRO, 2nd edition (2013), all published by Cengage. He was senior consultant for creation of the 20-episode telecourse accompanying his book Horizons: Exploring the Universe.show more

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Part I: EXPLORING THE SKY. 1. Here and Now 2. The Sky. 3. Cycles of the Moon. 4. The Origin of Modern Astronomy. 5. Gravity. 6. Light and Telescopes. Part II: THE STARS. 7. Atoms and Starlight. 8. The Sun. Perspective: Origins Part IV: THE SOLAR SYSTEM. 19. The Origin of the Solar System. 20. Earth: The Standard of Comparative Planetology. 21. The Moon and Mercury: Comparing Airless Worlds. 22. Comparative Planetology of Venus and Mars. 23. Comparative Planetology of Jupiter and Saturn. 24. Uranus, Neptune, and the Dwarf Planets. 25. Meteorites, Asteroids, and Comets. Part V: LIFE. 26. Astrobiology: Life on Other Worlds. Afterword. Appendix A: Units and Astronomical Data. Appendix B: Observing the Sky. Glossary. Answers to Even-Numbered Problems. Index.show more

Table of contents

Part I: EXPLORING THE SKY. 1. Here and Now 2. The Sky. 3. Cycles of the Moon. 4. The Origin of Modern Astronomy. 5. Gravity. 6. Light and Telescopes. Part II: THE STARS. 7. Atoms and Starlight. 8. The Sun. Perspective: Origins Part IV: THE SOLAR SYSTEM. 19. The Origin of the Solar System. 20. Earth: The Standard of Comparative Planetology. 21. The Moon and Mercury: Comparing Airless Worlds. 22. Comparative Planetology of Venus and Mars. 23. Comparative Planetology of Jupiter and Saturn. 24. Uranus, Neptune, and the Dwarf Planets. 25. Meteorites, Asteroids, and Comets. Part V: LIFE. 26. Astrobiology: Life on Other Worlds. Afterword. Appendix A: Units and Astronomical Data. Appendix B: Observing the Sky. Glossary. Answers to Even-Numbered Problems. Index.show more