Astronomy: The Solar System and Beyond

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Cengage Learning, Jan 5, 2009 - Science - 512 pages
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With this newly revised 6th edition of ASTRONOMY: THE SOLAR SYSTEM AND BEYOND, Mike Seeds and Dana Backman's goal is to help students use astronomy to understand science and use science to understand what we are. Fascinating and engaging, this text illustrates the scientific method and guides students to answer these fundamental questions: What are we? and How do we know? In discussing the interplay between evidence and hypothesis, the authors provide not just facts, but a conceptual framework for understanding the logic of science. The book vividly conveys their love of astronomy, and illustrates how students can comprehend their place in the universe by grasping a small set of physical laws. Crafting a story about astronomy, The authors show students how to ask questions to gradually puzzle out the beautiful secrets of the physical world. The revision addresses new developments in astrophysics and cosmology, plus the latest discoveries, including evidence of a new world beyond Pluto and new evidence of dark energy and the acceleration of the universe.
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Contents

Here and Now
The Sky
Cycles of the Sky
The Origin of Modern Astronomy
Light and Telescopes
Atoms and Starlight
The Solar System An Overview
The Terrestrial Planets
Neutron Stars and Black Holes
The Milky Way Galaxy
Galaxies
Active Galaxies and Supermassive Black Holes
Modern Cosmology
Life on Other Worlds
Afterword
Units and Astronomical Data

The Jovian Planets Pluto and the Kuiper Belt
Meteorites Asteroids and Comets
The Sun
The Family of Stars
The Formation and Structure of Stars
The Deaths of Stars
Observing the Sky
Glossary
Answers to Even Problems
Index
Copyright

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Michael A. Seeds has been Professor of Physics and Astronomy at Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, since 1970. In 1989, he received F&M College's Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching. Seeds' love for the history of astronomy led him to create upper-level courses on Archaeoastronomy and Changing Concepts of the Universe. His research interests focus on variable stars and the automation of astronomical telescopes. Mike is coauthor with Dana Backman and Michele Montgomery of HORIZONS HYBRID: EXPLORING THE UNIVERSE, Thirteenth Edition, and UNIVERSE HYBRID: SOLAR SYSTEM, STARS AND GALAXIES, Eighth Edition, both published by Cengage. He was Senior Consultant in the creation of the twenty-six-episode telecourse accompanying the book HORIZONS: EXPLORING THE UNIVERSE, Twelfth Edition.

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