Eyewitness Companions: Astronomy (Google eBook)

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Penguin, Apr 3, 2006 - Science - 300 pages
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From origins of the universe to exploration of outer galaxies, this is the essential handbook for the amateur astronomer. Now is your chance to trace the history of astronomy, from the earliest human civilizations to the present day. Tour the Solar System, using a unique visual guide illustrated with the most recent images of the planets. This definitive visual guide will show you star charts and the guide to constellations to find your way around the night sky and locate stars, galaxies, and other objects. Profiles 88 constellations and a month-by-month guide 300+ star chart Includes latest equipment
  

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Contents

Introduction 10
10
The beginnings of astronomy 16
16
The rise of astrophysics 22
22
Our place in the universe 24
24
Into orbit 26
26
The race to the Moon 28
28
Shuttles and stations 30
30
Exploring the solar system 34
34
Earth 94
94
The Moon 96
96
Mars 104
102
Jupiter 108
108
Saturn 112
112
Uranus 116
116
Neptune 118
118
Pluto 120
120

Unlocking the stars 36
36
Pushing the limits 38
38
ORIGINS 44
45
The structure of the universe 46
46
The Big Bang 48
48
The first stars and galaxies 52
52
The expanding universe 54
54
The fate of the universe 56
56
PHENOMENA 58
59
Star classification 60
60
Stellar life cycles 62
62
Multiple stars and clusters 70
70
Variable stars 72
72
Galaxies 74
74
Planets of other stars 79
79
THE SOLAR SYSTEM 80
81
Our solar system 82
82
The Sun 84
84
Mercury 90
90
Venus 92
92
Comets and meteors 122
122
Asteroids and meteorites 124
124
OBSERVATION 128
129
The appearance of the sky 130
130
Finding your way 134
134
Starting observing 136
136
Binoculars 138
138
Telescope astronomy 140
140
Astrophotography 144
144
THE CONSTELLATIONS 146
147
Mapping the sky 148
148
Understanding the charts 150
150
Guide to the Constellations 152227
152
MONTHLY SKY GUIDE 228
229
ALMANAC 278
279
Glossary 290
290
Index 293
293
Acknowledgments 299
299
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