Astronomy A Physical Perspective
Edition: 2nd 2003 (Revised)
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Description: This fully revised and updated text is a comprehensive introduction to astronomical objects and phenomena. By applying some basic physical principles to a variety of situations, students will learn how to relate everyday physics to the astronomical world. Starting with the simplest objects, the text contains explanations of how and why astronomical phenomena occur, and how astronomers collect and interpret information about stars, galaxies and the solar system. The text looks at the properties of stars, star formation and evolution; neutron stars and black holes; the nature of galaxies; and the structure of the universe. It examines the past, present and future states of the universe; and final chapters use the concepts that have been developed to study the solar system, its formation; the possibility of finding other planetary systems; and the search for extraterrestrial life. This comprehensive text contains useful equations, chapter summaries, worked examples and end-of-chapter problem sets.
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All the information you need in one place! Each Study Brief is a summary of one specific subject; facts, figures, and explanations to help you learn faster.
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Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 7/31/2003
Size: 5.75" wide x 9.75" long x 2.00" tall
Marc Kutner is a Visiting Scientist in the Astronomy Department of the University of Texas at Austin.
|Properties of Ordinary Stars|
|Continuous radiation from stars|
|Spectral Lines in stars|
|Binary stars and stellar masses|
|The Sun: a typical star|
|The main sequence|
|Stellar old age|
|The death of high mass stars|
|Evolution in close binaries|
|Clusters of stars|
|The Milky Way|
|Contents of the interstellar medium|
|The Milky Way galaxy|
|The Universe at Large|
|Clusters of galaxies|
|The Big Bang|
|The Solar System|
|Overview of the solar system|
|The Earth and Moon|
|The inner planets|
|The outer planets|
|Minor bodies in the solar system|
|The origin of life|