The Cosmos: Astronomy in the New Millennium

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Cambridge University Press, Aug 12, 2013 - Science - 599 pages
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An exciting introduction to astronomy, the fourth edition of this book uses recent discoveries and stunning photography to inspire non-science majors about the universe and science. Written by two highly experienced and engaging instructors, each chapter has been fully updated, with more than 200 new images throughout, including recent images from space missions and the world's best observatories. Redesigned, streamlined pages highlight the breathtaking imagery. The text is organized as a series of stories, each presenting the history of the field, the observations made and how they fit within the process of science, our current understanding, and what future observations are planned. Math is provided in boxes and easily read around, making the book suitable for courses taking either mathematical or qualitative approaches. New discussion questions encourage students to think widely about astronomy and the role science plays in our everyday lives and podcasts for each chapter aid studying and comprehension.
 

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Contents

PDWERING
21
EXTENDING
37
4
43
Eerie Lunar Eclipses
73
THE EARLY HISTORY
95
DISTANT SUNS 279
167
2
168
3
170
COSMIC
311
RECYCLING
331
THE END OF SPACE
361
OUR HOME IN
383
A UNIVERSE OF GALAXIES
413
6
433
NASA ESA G Illingworth D Magee and P Oesch
449
IUASARS AND ACTIVE GALAXIES
451

Jupiter and Its Satellites in Mythology
176
Saturns Rings and Moons from
183
Uranuss Interior and Magnetic Field
187
The asteroid 4 Vesta a mosaic of the highestresolution images
197
PasachoffNSF
198
Deep Impact
215
The Extinction 0f the Dinosaurs
222
Images from Curiosity on Mars
231
Astrometric Method
237
Direct Imaging of Exoplanets
244
Pairs of Stars and Their Uses 292
255
7
279
3
458
4
472
Universes
495
The Cosmic Jerk
501
IN THE BEGINNING
509
LIFE IN THE UNIVERSE
541
Epilogue
559
The Nearest Stars
566
Glossary
575
Galileos Observations 109
585
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Jay Pasachoff is Professor of Astronomy at Williams College.

Alex Filippenko is Professor of Astronomy at the University of California, Berkeley.

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