The Solar System

The Solar System

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With this newly revised Eigth Edition of THE SOLAR SYSTEM, the authors' goals are to help you use astronomy to understand science--and use science to understand what we are. Fascinating, engaging, and visually vibrant, this text will help you answer two fundamental questions: What are we? And how do we know?
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  • Paperback | 464 pages
  • 228.6 x 274.32 x 22.86mm | 1,179.33g
  • CA, United States
  • English
  • 8th edition
  • 1111990654
  • 9781111990657

Table of contents

1. Here and Now.
Where Are You? When Is Now? Why Study Astronomy?
2. A User's Guide to the Sky.
The Stars. The Sky and Celestial Motion. The Cycles of the Sun. Astronomical Influences on Earth's Climate.
3. Cycles of the Moon.
The Changeable Moon. Lunar Eclipses. Solar Eclipses. Predicting Eclipses.
4. The Origin of Modern Astronomy.
The Roots of Astronomy. The Copernican Revolution. Planetary Motion. Galileo Galilei. Modern Astronomy.
5. Gravity.
Galileo and Newton. Orbital Motion and Tides. Einstein and Relativity.
6. Light and Telescopes.
Radiation: Information from Space. Telescopes. Observations on Earth: Optical and Radio. Airborne and Space Observatories. Astronomical Instruments and Techniques. Nonelectromagnetic Astronomy.
7. Atoms and Spectra.
Atoms. Interactions of Light and Matter. Understanding Spectra.
8. The Sun.
The Solar Atmosphere. Solar Activity. Nuclear Fusion in the Sun. Perspective: Origins.
19. The Origin of the Solar System.
The Great Chain of Origins. A Survey of the Solar System. The Story of Planet Building. Planets Orbiting Other Stars.
20. Earth: The Standard of Comparative Planetology.
A Travel Guide to the Terrestrial Planets. Earth as a Planet. The Solid Earth. Earth's Atmosphere.
21. The Moon and Mercury: Comparing Airless Worlds.
The Moon. Mercury.
22. Comparative Planetology of Venus and Mars.
Venus. Mars. The Moons of Mars.
23. Jupiter and Saturn.
A Travel Guide to the Outer Solar System. Jupiter. Jupiter's Moons and Rings. Saturn. Saturn's Moons and Rings.
24. Uranus, Neptune, and the Kuiper Belt.
Uranus. Neptune. The Kuiper Belt.
25. Meteorites, Asteroids, and Comets.
Meteoroids, Meteors, and Meteorites. Asteroids. Comets. Asteroid and Comet Impacts.
26. Astrobiology: Life on Other Worlds.
The Nature of Life. Life in the Universe. Intelligent Life in the Universe.
Appendix A: Units and Astronomical Data.
Fundamental and Derived SI Units.
Appendix B. Observing the Sky.
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