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Voyages to the Stars and Galaxies

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ISBN-10: 053439566X

ISBN-13: 9780534395667

Edition: 3rd 2004 (Revised)

Authors: Andrew Fraknoi, Sidney C. Wolff, David Morrison

List price: $141.95
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VOYAGES TO THE STARS AND GALAXIES provides students and professors with the ideal combination of authors and experience. It is written by an award-winning astronomy educator (Fraknoi) and two distinguished research scientists (Morrison at NASA and Wolff at NOAO). This author team combines the latest science with classroom-tested teaching strategies and a student-friendly approach. Through unique group activities and a focus on astronomy as a human endeavor, the authors engage and involve students, helping them both understand and enjoy astronomy. The market-leading technology package includes access to InfoTracCollege Edition (free!) and TheSky? Student Edition CD-ROM (free!), as well as an…    
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Book details

List price: $141.95
Edition: 3rd
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: Brooks/Cole
Publication date: 8/14/2003
Binding: Mixed Media
Pages: 560
Size: 9.00" wide x 11.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 2.992
Language: English

Andrew Fraknoi is the Chair of the Astronomy Department at Foothill College near San Francisco, where his courses are taken by about 900 students per year. He is also Director of Project ASTRO at the Astronomical Society of the Pacific, a national program that forms partnerships between volunteer astronomers and school teachers in their communities. From 1978 to 1992 he was Executive Director of the Society, as well as Editor of MERCURY Magazine and the UNIVERSE IN THE CLASSROOM Newsletter. He has taught astronomy and physics at San Francisco State University, Canada College, and the University of California Extension Division. He is co-author and editor of THE UNIVERSE AT YOUR FINGERTIPS…    

Sidney C. Wolff received her Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley and then joined the Institute for Astronomy at the University of Hawaii. During the 17 years she spent in Hawaii, the Institute for Astronomy developed Mauna Kea into the world's premier international observatory. She became Associate Director of the Institute for Astronomy in 1976 and Acting Director in 1983. During that period, she earned international recognition for her research, particularly on stellar atmospheres and how they can help us understand the evolution, formation, and composition of stars. In 1984, she was named Director of the Kitt Peak National Observatory and in 1987 became Director of the…    

Preface for the Student
Preface for the Instructor
Prologue: Science and the Universe: A Brief Tour
Observing the Sky: The Birth of Astronomy
Orbits and Gravity
Earth, Moon, and Sky
Radiation and Spectra
Astronomical Instruments
The Sun: A Garden-Variety Star
The Sun: A Nuclear Powerhouse
Analyzing Starlight
The Stars: A Celestial Census
Celestial Distances
Between the Stars: Gas and Dust in Space
The Birth of Stars and the Discovery of Planets Outside the Solar System
Stars: From Adolescence to Old Age
The Death of Stars
Black Holes and Curved Spacetime
The Milky Way Galaxy
Active Galaxies, Quasars, and Giant Black Holes. Interlude: The Mystery of the Gamma-Ray Bursts
The Evolution and Distribution of Galaxies
The Big Bang
Life in the Universe
Astronomy on the World Wide Web
Sources of Astronomical Information
Powers-of-Ten Notation
Units Used in Science
Some Useful Constants for Astronomy
Data for the Planets
Selected Satellites of the Planets
Upcoming (Total) Eclipses
The Nearest Stars
The Brightest Stars
The Brightest Members of the Local Group of Galaxies
The Chemical Elements
The Constellations
The Messier Catalog of Nebulae and Star Clusters
Star Maps