Astronomy Made Simple

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Crown/Archetype, Mar 31, 2010 - Study Aids - 240 pages
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See the skies in a whole new light. Take a tour of the universe, from our local solar system to the far reaches of deepest space. Astronomy Made Simple offers a complete introduction to this science, from its birth in ancient times to the different types of super-powerful telescopes scientists use today. It also includes detailed instructions on how to map the stars and understand the coordinate system, as well as fun sidebars, ideas for projects for further learning, and resources for the student or the amateur astronomer.


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Contents

Introduction
1
Understanding the Universe
20
Light
32
The Birth of Astrophysics
43
The New Astronomy
50
The Tools of Astronomy
56
Getting Above the Atmosphere
68
The Terrestrial Planets
71
Stars
126
Origin of the Stars
138
The Life and Death of Stars
144
Beyond Our Galaxy
153
Cosmology
164
Life in the Universe
172
Using a Telescope
178
Doing More in Astronomy
190

The Jovian Planets
89
The Outer Solar System
102
The Fringes of the Solar System
104
Our Sun
116
Glossary
203
Index
215
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KEVIN B. MARVEL, Ph.D., is the deputy executive officer of the American Astronomical Society. He is the author of two other books and numerous professional papers.


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