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Description: Building on a long tradition of effective pedagogy and comprehensive coverage,The Cosmic Perspective: The Solar System,Sixth Editionprovides the most engaging and up-to-date introduction to astronomy for non-science readers. The book provides a wealth of features to help enhance reader skill building, including new Visual Skills Check end-of-chapter questions that provide an opportunity for readers to test their visual interpretation skills, new Cosmic Context Figures that help readers synthesize key concepts and processes, and a new comprehensive visual overview of scale to help readers explore the scale of time and space. TheSixth Editionhas also been fully updated to include the latest astronomical observations, research, and theoretical developments. Our Place in the Universe, Discovering the Universe for Yourself,The Science of Astronomy, Making Sense of the Universe: Understanding Motion, Energy, and Gravity, Light and Matter: Reading Messages from the Cosmos, Telescopes: Portals of Discovery, Our Solar System, Formation of the Solar System, Planetary Geology: Earth and the Other Terrestrial Worlds, Planetary Atmospheres: Earth and the Other Terrestrial Worlds, Jovian Planet Systems, Asteroids, Comets, and Dwarf Planets: Their Nature, Orbits, and Impacts, Other Planetary Systems: The New Science of Distant Worlds, Our Star, Surveying the Stars, Star Birth, Star Stuff, The Bizarre Stellar Graveyard, Our Galaxy, Galaxies and the Foundation of Modern Cosmology, Galaxy Evolution, Dark Matter, Dark Energy, and the Fate of the Universe, The Beginning of Time, Life in the Universe Inteded for those interested in learning the basics of astronomy