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The Cosmic Perspective


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PART I DEVELOPING PERSPECTIVE 1 Our Place in the Universe 1.1 Our Modern View of the Universe 1.2 The Scale of the Universe 1.3 Spaceship Earth 1.4 The Human Adventure of Astronomy 2 Discovering the Universe for Yourself 2.1 Patterns in the Night Sky 2.2 The Reason for Seasons 2.3 The Moon, Our Constant Companion 2.4 The Ancient Mystery of the Planets 3 The Science of Astronomy 3.1 The Ancient Roots of Science 3.2 Ancient Greek Science 3.3 The Copernican Revolution 3.4 The Nature of Science 3.5 Astrology S1 Celestial Timekeeping and Navigation S1.1 Astronomical Time Periods S1.2 Celestial Coordinates and Motion in the Sky S1.3 Principles of Celestial Navigation PART II KEY CONCEPTS FOR ASTRONOMY 4 Making Sense of the Universe: Understanding Motion, Energy, and Gravity 4.1 Describing Motion: Examples from Daily Life 4.2 Newton's Laws of Motion 4.3 Conservation Laws in Astronomy 4.4 The Universal Law of Gravitation 4.5 Orbits, Tides, and the Acceleration of Gravity 5 Light and Matter: Reading Messages from the Cosmos 5.1 Light in Everyday Life 5.2 Properties of Light 5.3 Properties of Matter 5.4 Learning from Light 5.5 The Doppler Shift 6 Telescopes: Portals of Discovery 6.1 Eyes and Cameras: Everyday Light Sensors 6.2 Telescopes: Giant Eyes 6.3 Telescopes and the Atmosphere 6.4 Telescopes and Technology PART III LEARNING FROM OTHER WORLDS 7 Our Solar System 7.1 Studying the Solar System 7.2 Patterns in the Solar System 7.3 Spacecraft Exploration of the Solar System 8 Formation of the Solar System 8.1 The Search for Origins 8.2 The Birth of the Solar System 8.3 The Formation of Planets 8.4 The Aftermath of Planet Formation 8.5 The Age of the Solar System 9 Planetary Geology: Earth and the Other Terrestrial Worlds 9.1 Connecting Planetary Interiors and Surfaces 9.2 Shaping Planetary Surfaces 9.3 Geology of the Moon and Mercury 9.4 Geology of Mars 9.5 Geology of Venus 9.6 The Unique Geology of Earth 10 Planetary Atmospheres: Earth and the Other Terrestrial Worlds 10.1 Atmospheric Basics 10.2 Weather and Climate 10.3 Atmospheres of the Moon and Mercury 10.4 The Atmospheric History of Mars 10.5 The Atmospheric History of Venus 10.6 Earth's Unique Atmosphere 11 Jovian Planet Systems 11.1 A Different Kind of Planet 11.2 A Wealth of Worlds: Satellites of Ice and Rock 11.3 Jovian Planet Rings 12 Asteroids, Comets, and Dwarf Planets: Their Nature, Orbits, and Impacts 12.1 Asteroids and Meteorites 12.2 Comets 12.3 Pluto: Lone Dog No More 12.4 Cosmic Collisions: Small Bodies Versus the Planets 13 Other Planetary Systems: The New Science of Distant Worlds 13.1 Detecting Extrasolar Planets 13.2 The Nature of Extrasolar Planets 13.3 The Formation of Other Solar Systems 13.4 Finding More New Worlds PART IV A DEEPER LOOK AT NATURE S2 Space and Time S2.1 Einstein's Revolution S2.2 Relative Motion S2.3 The Reality of Space and Time S2.4 Toward a New Common Sense S3 Spacetime and Gravity S3.1 Einstein's Second Revolution S3.2 Understanding Spacetime S3.3 A New View of Gravity S3.4 Testing Special Relativity S3.5 Hyperspace, Wormholes, and Warp Drive S3.6 The Last Word S4 Building Blocks of the Universe S4.1 The Quantum Revolution S4.2 Fundamental Particles and Forces S4.3 Uncertainty and Exclusion in the Quantum Realm S4.4 Key Quantum Effects in Astronomy PART V STELLAR ALCHEMY 14 Our Star 14.1 A Closer Look at the Sun 14.2 The Cosmic Crucible 14.3 The Sun-Earth Connection 15 Surveying the Stars 15.1 Properties of Stars 15.2 Patterns Among Stars 15.3 Star Clusters 16 Star Birth 16.1 Stellar Nurseries 16.2 Stages of Star Birth 16.3 Masses of Newborn Stars 17 Star Stuff 17.1 Lives in the Balance 17.2 Life as a Low-Mass Star 17.3 Life as a High-Mass Star 17.4 The Roles of Mass and Mass Exchange 18 The Bizarre Stellar Graveyard 18.1 White Dwarfs 18.2 Neutron Stars 18.3 Black Holes: Gravity's Ultimate Victory 18.4 The Mystery of Gamma-Ray Bursts PART VI GALAXIES AND BEYOND 19 Our Galaxy 19.1 The Milky Way Revealed 19.2 Galactic Recycling 19.3 History of the Milky Way 19.4 The Mysterious Galactic Center 20 Galaxies and the Foundation of Modern Cosmology 20.1 Islands of Stars 20.2 Measuring Galactic Distances 20.3 Hubble's Law 21 Galaxy Evolution 21.1 Looking Back Through Time 21.2 The Lives of Galaxies 21.3 Quasars and Other Active Galactic Nuclei 22 Dark Matter, Dark Energy, and the Fate of the Universe 22.1 Unseen Influences in the Cosmos 22.2 Evidence for Dark Matter 22.3 Structure Formation 22.4 The Fate of the Universe 23 The Beginning of Time 23.1 The Big Bang 23.2 Evidence for the Big Bang 23.3 The Big Bang and Inflation 23.4 Observing the Big Bang for Yourself PART VI LIFE ON EARTH AND BEYOND 24 Life in the Universe 24.1 Life on Earth 24.2 Life in the Solar System 24.3 Life Around other Stars 24.4 The Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence 24.5 Interstellar Travel and Its Implications to Civilization

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