Discovering the Essential Universe, Second Edition

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Macmillan, Mar 31, 2003 - Science - 290 pages
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Based on Discovering the Universe, this text is a shorter, less expensive option with a streamlined presentation of topics. While maintaining the themes and approach to astronomy found in the longer text, this book presents only the essential information for students' reference, enrichment and review with minimal pedagogy. This edition includes research findings such as the discovery of water on planets orbiting other stars, evidence that multiple meteorite impacts caused the extinction of the dinosaurs and the discovery of black holes and neutron stars in elliptical galaxies. almost every day, students are encouraged to identify their own misconceptions, ponder alternatives and to discover the scientific truth.
 

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Contents

Preface
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Formation of the Solar System 34
LICJHT ana TELESCOPES 45
Radio Astronomyand Beyond 62
Discovering Spectra 68
THE SUP 160
The Suns Interior 172
THE narurE of sjars 177
THE LIVES of sTars prom BIITH
MainSequence and Giant Stars 205
Variable Stars 211
THE CjaLaXIES 242
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Neil F. Comins is the author of "What if the Moon Didn't Exist?" He has contributed numerous articles to "Astronomy" magazine and has appeared on radio and television. He is professor of physics and astronomy at the University of Maine.

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