Fundamental Astronomy

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Hannu Karttunen, Pekka Kröger, Heikki Oja, Markku Poutanen, Karl Johan Donner
Springer Science & Business Media, Jun 27, 2007 - Science - 510 pages
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Fundamental Astronomy gives a well-balanced and comprehensive introduction to the topics of classical and modern astronomy. While emphasizing both the astronomical concepts and the underlying physical principles, the text provides a sound basis for more profound studies in the astronomical sciences.
The fifth edition of this successful undergraduate textbook has been extensively modernized and extended in the parts dealing with the Milky Way, extragalactic astronomy and cosmology as well as with extrasolar planets and the solar system (as a consequence of recent results from satellite missions and the new definition by the International Astronomical Union of planets, dwarf planets and small solar-system bodies). Furthermore a new chapter on astrobiology has been added.
Long considered a standard text for physical science majors, Fundamental Astronomy is also an excellent reference and entrée for dedicated amateur astronomers.

 

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Contents

Contents
3
Spherical Astronomy 2 1 SphericalTrigonometry
11
The Milky
17
Observations 3 1 Observing Through the Atmosphere
47
Photometric Concepts 4 1 Intensity Flux Density and Luminosity
83
Radiation Mechanisms 5 1 Radiation of Atoms and Molecules
95
VIII
102
Celestial Mechanics 6 1 EquationsofMotion
113
The Interstellar Medium 15 1 InterstellarDust
307
Exercises
338
Exercises
345
The Rotation of the Milky Way
355
Structural Components of the Milky Way
361
The Classification of Galaxies
367
Dynamics of Galaxies
379
The Origin and Evolution of Galaxies
389

Stellar Spectra 8 1 MeasuringSpectra
207
Binary Stars 9 1 VisualBinaries
222
Stellar Structure 10 1 InternalEquilibriumConditions
229
Stellar Evolution 11 1 Evolutionary Time Scales
243
The Sun 12 1 InternalStructure
263
Variable Stars 13 1 Classification
280
Compact Stars 14 1 White Dwarfs
291
The Cosmological Principle
398
Tables Answers to Exercises Further Reading Photograph Credits Name and Subject Index
403
History of the Universe
405
Exercises
414
Are we Martians?
422
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