Pathways to Astronomy

ISBN-10: 0077401832
ISBN-13: 9780077401832
Edition: 2nd 2009
List price: $127.19
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Book details

List price: $127.19
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Higher Education
Publication date: 10/6/2009
Binding: Paperback
Size: 8.50" wide x 10.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 3.520
Language: English

Tom Arny is an Emeritus professor in the Astronomy Department at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. He was associated there with the Five College Astronomy Program(comprising faculty from U-Mass, Amhurst, Hampshire, Mt. Holyoke, and Smith Colleges). Dr. Arny received his undergraduate degree from Haverford College and his Ph.D. in astronomy from the University of Arizona. In addition to his interest in astronomy, he has a long-standing fascination with the natural world: weather (especially atmospheric optics such as rainbows), birds, wildflowers, and butterflies.Visit Dr. Arny's website at:http://www.astro.umass.edu/~arny/astro100.html

Preface
Looking Up Illustrations
The Cosmic Landscape
Our Planetary Neighborhood
Beyond the Solar System
Astronomical Numbers
Foundations of Astronomy
The Night Sky
The Year
The Time of Day
Lunar Cycles
Calendars
Geometry of the Earth, Moon, and Sun
Planets: The Wandering Stars
The Beginnings of Modern Astronomy
Observing the Sky
Probing Matter, Light, And Their Interaction
Astronomical Motion: Inertia, Mass, and Force
Force, Acceleration, and Interaction
The Universal Law of Gravity
Measuring a Body’s Mass Using Orbital Motion
Orbital and Escape Velocities
Tides
Conservation Laws
Light, Matter, and Energy
The Electromagnetic Spectrum
Thermal Radiation
Atomic Spectra: Identifying Atoms by Their Light
The Doppler Shift
Detecting Light
Collecting Light
Focusing Light
Telescope Resolution
The Earth’s Atmosphere and Space Observatories
Amateur Astronomy
The Solar System
The Structure of the Solar System
The Origin of the Solar System
Other Planetary Systems
The Earth as a Terrestrial Planet
Earth's Atmosphere and Hydrosphere
Our Moon
Mercury
Venus
Mars
Asteroids
Comparative Planetology
Jupiter and Saturn
Uranus and Neptune
Satellite Systems and Rings
Ice Worlds, Pluto, and Beyond
Comets
Impacts on Earth
Stars And Stellar Evolution
The Sun, Our Star
The Sun’s Source of Power
Solar Activity
Surveying the Stars
Special Relativity
Light and Distance
The Temperatures and Compositions of Stars
The Masses of Orbiting Stars
The Sizes of Stars
The H-R Diagram
Overview of Stellar Evolution
Star Formation
Main-Sequence Stars
Giant Stars
Variable Stars
Mass Loss and Death of Low-Mass Stars
Exploding White Dwarfs
Old Age and Death of Massive Stars
Neutron Stars
Black Holes
Star Clusters
Galaxies And The Universe
Discovering the Milky Way
Stars of the Milky Way
Gas and Dust in the Milky Way
Mass and Motions in the Milky Way
A Universe of Galaxies
Types of Galaxies
Galaxy Clustering
Active Galactic Nuclei
Dark Matter
Cosmology
The Edges of the Universe
The Beginnings of the Universe
The Fate of the Universe
Astrobiology
The Search for Life Elsewhere
Glossary
Answers to Test Yourself Questions
Credits
Index

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