Astronomy: The Evolving Universe
Thoroughly updated and re-conceived, Astronomy, Ninth Edition, equips the introductory astronomy student with the essential tools for understanding the cosmos. Michael Zeilik has revised the pedagogy of his successful textbook based on recent research in astronomy education. Significantly shorter than the previous edition, the ninth edition is organized into four concept clusters: Cosmic Distances, Heavenly Motions, Celestial Light and Spectra, and Scientific Models. Material has been streamlined throughout to make the descriptions, concepts, and explanations clearer. Each chapter ends with a concise summary of the concepts in each cluster. Each chapter contains at least one Celestial Navigator, a concept map that provides a visual guide of major concepts in the chapter and explicity shows their connections. Throughout, illustrations have been updated to be clearer and more understandable to the novice student. Michael Zeilik, Professor of Physics and Astronomy and former Presidential Lecturer at the University of New Mexico, specializes in innovative, introductory courses for the novice, non-science major student. In 1998, he was appointed a Research Fellow at the National Institute of Science Education. Zeilik's work has been supported by grants from the National Science Foundation, NASA, the Exxon Educational Foundation, and the Slipher Fund of the National Academy of Sciences. In 1997, the 8th edition of Astronomy: The Evolving Universe won a Texty Award from the Text and Academic Authors Association. In 2002 he was awarded the Astronomy Education Prize by the American Astronomical Society.
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Changing Conceptions of the Cosmos
Enrichment Focus 2 1
The Clockwork Universe 62
Chapters The Birth of Astrophysics
Telescopes and Our Insight
An Evolving Planet
The Evolution of the Galaxy
The Universe of Galaxies
Appendix A Units
acceleration accretion active galaxies angular momentum asteroids astronomers atmosphere atoms Big Bang binary black hole blackbody carbon celestial comets core cosmic cosmos craters density diameter disk distance Doppler shift earth electrons elliptical emission lines emits energy Enrichment Focus escape speed evolution Figure flux force formation galactic galaxies Galaxy's gas and dust geometry globular clusters gravitational H II region H-R diagram heat helium hydrogen infrared interior interstellar ionized Jupiter Learning Outcome light luminosity magnetic field main sequence Mars massive stars material Mercury meter molecular cloud moon motion nebula neutron star Newton's nucleus objects observations optical orbit particles percent photons photosphere physical planetary planets pulsar quasars radiation radio radius red giant redshift region rotation Saturn solar masses solar system space spectra spectrum spiral arms star's stellar sun's supernova surface temperature telescope tion universe velocity Venus visible wavelengths white dwarf x-ray