The Cosmic Voyage : Through Space and Time
This book should be of interest to students on introductory courses in astronomy.
- Paperback | 544 pages
- 208.28 x 251.46 x 7.62mm | 1,043.26g
- 01 Jan 1990
- Cengage Learning, Inc
- Wadsworth Publishing Co Inc
- Belmont, CA, United States
- chiefly col. Illustrations
Table of contents
Part I: The early discoveries. Prehistoric astronomy: origins of science and superstition. Historic advances: worlds in the sky. Discovering the layout of the solar system. Part II: Two methods for exploring space: understanding gravity and understanding light. Gravity and the conquest of space. Light and the spectrum: messages from space. Part III: Exploring the earth-moon system. Earth as a planet. The moon. Part IV: The solar system. Introducing the planets - Mercury. Venus. Mars. Jupiter and its moons. The outermost planets and their moons. Comets, meteors, asteroids, and meteorites. The origin of the solar system. Part V: Stars and their evolution. The sun: the nature of the nearest star. Measuring the basic properties of stars. The systematics of nearby stars: the H-R diagram. Stellar evolution I: birth and middle age. Stellar evolution II: death and transfiguration. Part VI: Environment and groupings of stars. Interstellar atoms, dust and nebulae. Companions to stars: binaries, multiples, and possible planetary systems. Star clusters and associations. Part VII: Galaxies. The milky way galaxy. The local galaxies. The expanding universe of distant galaxies. Part VIII: Frontiers. Cosmology: the universe's structure. Cosmogony: a twentieth century version of creation. Life in the universe. Index.