Astronomy for Dummies

ISBN-10: 1118376978
ISBN-13: 9781118376973
Edition: 3rd 2013
Authors: Stephen P. Maran
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List price: $16.99
Edition: 3rd
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Limited
Publication date: 10/26/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 360
Size: 7.50" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.188
Language: English

The fun and easy way to explore the night skyDo you know the difference between a red giant and a white dwarf? From asteroids to black holes, this easy–to–understand guide takes you on a grand tour of the universe. Featuring updated star maps, charts, and an insert with gorgeous full–color photographs, Astronomy For Dummies provides an easy–to–follow introduction to the night sky. Plus, this new edition also gives you the latest theories, explanations, and insights into the basic workings of the universe.Includes updated schedules of coming eclipses of the Sun and Moon and a revised planetary appendixCovers recent discoveries in space, such as water on the Moon and Pluto′s demotion from "planet" statusCollects new websites, lists of telescope motels, sky–watching guides, and suggestions for beginner′s telescopes and suppliersBrings you up–to–speed on the latest social trends and personal technology, such as stargazing mobile apps, NASA video, and the prevalence of "Citizen Science" networksWhether you′re an amateur astronomer, space enthusiast, or enrolled in a first year astronomy course, Astronomy For Dummies has you covered.

Introduction
About This Book
Conventions Used in This Book
What You're Not to Read
Foolish Assumptions
Icons Used in This Book
Where to Go from Here
Stalking the Cosmos
Seeing the Light: The Art and Science of Astronomy
Astronomy: The Science of Observation
What You See: The Language of Light
They wondered as they wandered: Understanding planets versus stars
If you see a Great Bear, start worrying: Naming stars and constellations
What do I spy? Spotting the Messier Catalog and other sky objects
The smaller, the brighter: Getting to the root of magnitudes
Looking back on light-years
Keep on moving: Figuring the positions of the stars
Gravity: A Force to Be Reckoned With
Space: A Commotion of Motion
Join the Crowd: Skywatching Activities and Resources
You're Not Alone: Astronomy Clubs, Websites, Smartphone Apps, and More
Joining an astronomy club for star-studded company
Checking websites, magazines, software, and apps
Visiting Observatories and Planetariums
Ogling the observatories
Popping in on planetariums
Vacationing with the Stars: Star Parties, Eclipse Trips, Dark Sky Parks, and More
Party on! Attending star parties
Getting festive at an AstroFest
To the path of totality: Taking eclipse cruises and tours
Motoring to telescope motels
Setting up camp at dark sky parks
The Way You Watch Tonight: Terrific Tools for Observing the Skies
Seeing Stars: A Sky Geography Primer
As Earth turns
… keep an eye on the North Star
Beginning with Naked-Eye Observation
Using Binoculars or a Telescope for a Better View
Binoculars: Sweeping the night sky
Telescopes: When closeness counts
Planning Your First Steps into Astronomy
Just Passing Through: Meteors, Comets, and Artificial Satellites
Meteors: Wishing on a Shooting Star
Spotting sporadic meteors, fireballs, and bolides
Watching a radiant sight: Meteor showers
Comets: The Lowdown on Dirty Ice Balls
Making heads and tails of a comet's structure
Waiting for the "comets of the century"
Hunting for the great comet
Artificial Satellites: Enduring a Love-Hate Relationship
Skywatching for artificial satellites
Finding satellite viewing predictions
Going Once Around the Solar System
A Matched Pair: Earth and Its Moon
Putting Earth under the Astronomical Microscope
One of a kind: Earth's unique characteristics
Spheres of influence: Earth's distinct regions
Examining Earth's Time, Seasons, and Age
Orbiting for all time
Tilting toward the seasons
Estimating Earth's age
Making Sense of the Moon
Get ready to howl: Identifying phases of the Moon
In the shadows: Watching lunar eclipses
Hard rock: Surveying lunar geology
Quite an impact: Considering a theory about the Moon's origin
Earth's Near Neighbors: Mercury, Venus, and Mars
Mercury: Weird, Hot, and Mostly Metal
Dry, Acidic, and Hilly: Steering Clear of Venus
Red, Cold, and Barren: Uncovering the Mysteries of Mars
Where has all the water gone?
Does Mars support life?
Differentiating Earth through Comparative Planetology
Observing the Terrestrial Planets with Ease
Understanding elongation, opposition, and conjunction
Viewing Venus and its phases
Watching Mars as it loops around
Outdoing Copernicus by observing Mercury
Rock On: The Asteroid Belt and Near-Earth Objects
Taking a Brief Tour of the Asteroid Belt
Understanding the Threat That Near-Earth Objects Pose
When push comes to shove: Nudging an asteroid
Forewarned is forearmed: Surveying NEOs to protect Earth
Searching for Small Points of Light
Helping to track an occultation
Timing an asteroidal occultation
Great Balls of Gas: Jupiter and Saturn
The Pressure's On: Journeying Inside Jupiter and Saturn
Almost a Star: Gazing at Jupiter
Scanning for the Great Red Spot
Shooting for Galileo's moons
Our Main Planetary Attraction: Setting Your Sights on Saturn
Ringing around the planet
Storm chasing across Saturn
Monitoring a moon of major proportions
Making sense of a cryptic moon
Far Out! Uranus, Neptune, Pluto, and Beyond
Breaking the Ice with Uranus and Neptune
Bull's-eye! Tilted Uranus and its features
Against the grain: Neptune and its biggest moon
Meeting Pluto, Planet or Not
The moon chip doesn't float far from the planet
Little Pluto compared to some big moons
Buckling Down to the Kuiper Belt
Viewing the Outer Planets
Sighting Uranus
Distinguishing Neptune from a star
Straining to see Pluto
Meeting Old Sol and Other Stars
The Sun: Star of Earth
Surveying the Sunscape
The Sun's size and shape: A great bundle of gas
The Sun's regions: Caught between the core and the corona
Solar activity: What's going on out there?
Solar wind: Playing with magnets
Solar CSI: The mystery of the missing solar neutrinos
Four billion and counting: The life expectancy of the Sun
Don't Make a Blinding Mistake: Safe Techniques for Solar Viewing
Viewing the Sun by projection.:
Viewing the Sun through front-end filters
Fun with the Sun: Solar Observation
Tracking sunspots
Experiencing solar eclipses
Looking at solar pictures on the Net
Taking a Trip to the Stars
Life Cycles of the Hot and Massive
Young stellar objects: Taking baby steps
Main sequence stars: Enjoying a long adulthood
Red giants: Burning out the golden years
Closing time: Coming up on the tail end of stellar evolution
Star Color, Brightness, and Mass
Spectral types: What color is my star?
Star light, star bright: Luminosity classifications
The brighter they burn, the bigger they swell: Mass determines class
The H-R diagram
Eternal Partners: Binary and Multiple Stars
Binary stars and the Doppler effect
Two stars are binary, but three's a crowd: Multiple stars
Change Is Good: Variable Stars
Go the distance: Pulsating stars
Explosive neighbors: Flare stars
Nice to nova: Exploding stars
Stellar hide-and-seek: Eclipsing binary stars
Hog the starlight: Microlensing events
Your Stellar Neighbors
How to Help Scientists by Observing the Stars
Star- Studies to Aid with Your Brain and Computer
Galaxies: The Milky Way and Beyond
Unwrapping the Milky Way
How and when did the Milky Way form?
What shape is the Milky Way?
Where can you find the Milky Way?
Star Clusters: Meeting Galactic Associates
A loose fit: Open clusters
A tight squeeze: Globular clusters
Fun while it lasted: OB associations
Taking a Shine to Nebulae
Picking out planetary nebulae
Breezing through supernova remnants
Enjoying Earth's best nebular views
Getting a Grip on Galaxies
Surveying spiral, barred spiral, and lenticular galaxies
Examining elliptical galaxies
Looking at irregular, dwarf, and low surface brightness galaxies
Gawking at great galaxies
Discovering the Local Group of Galaxies
Checking out clusters of galaxies
Sizing up superclusters, cosmic voids, and Great Walls
Joining Galaxy Zoo for Fun and Science
Digging into Black Holes and Quasars
Black Holes: Keeping Your Distance
Looking over the black hole roster
Poking around the black hole interior
Surveying a black hole's surroundings
Warping space and time
Watching stars get swallowed by black holes
Quasars: Defying Definitions
Measuring the size of a quasar
Getting up to speed on jets
Exploring quasar spectra
Active Galactic Nuclei: Welcome to the Quasar Family
Sifting through different types of AGN
Examining the power behind AGN
Proposing the Unified Model of AGN
Pondering the Remarkable Universe
Is Anybody Out There? SETI and Planets of Other Suns
Using Drake's Equation to Discuss SETI
SETI Projects: Listening for E.T.
The flight of Project Phoenix
Space scanning with other SETI projects
Hot targets for SETI
SETI wants you!
Discovering Alien Worlds
Changing ideas on exoplanets
Finding exoplanets
Meeting the (exo)planets
Checking out planets for fun and science
Astrobiology: How's Life on Other Worlds?
Extremophiles: Living the hard way
Seeking life in the solar system
Delving into Dark Matter and Antimatter
Dark Matter: Understanding the Universal Glue
Gathering the evidence for dark matter
Debating the makeup of dark matter
Taking a Shot in the Dark: Searching for Dark Matter
Looking for WIMPs and other microscopic dark matter
MACHOs: Making a brighter image
Mapping dark matter with gravitational lensing
Dueling Antimatter: Proving That Opposites Attract
The Big Bang and the Evolution of the Universe
Evidence for the Big Bang
Inflation: A Swell Time in the Universe
Something from nothing: Inflation and the vacuum
Falling flat: Inflation and the shape of the universe
Dark Energy: The Universal Accelerator
Universal Info Pulled from the Cosmic Microwave Background
Finding the lumps in the cosmic microwave background
Mapping the universe with the cosmic microwave background
In a Galaxy Far Away: Standard Candles and the Hubble Constant
Standard candles: How do scientists measure galaxy distances?
The Hubble constant: How fast do galaxies really move?
The Fate of the Universe
The Part of Tens
Ten Strange Facts about Astronomy and Space
You Have Tiny Meteorites in Your Hair
A Comet's Tail Often Leads the Way
Earth Is Made of Rare and Unusual Matter
High Tide Comes on Both Sides of the Earth at the Same Time
On Venus, the Rain Never Falls on the Plain
Rocks from Mars Dot the Earth
Pluto Was Discovered from the Predictions of a False Theory
Sunspots Are Not Dark
A Star in Plain View May Have Exploded, but No One Knows
You May Have Seen the Big Bang on an Old Television
Ten Common Errors about Astronomy and Space
"The Light from That Star Took 1,000 Light-Years to Reach Earth"

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