Astronomy Today: The Solar System, 9th edition

  • Eric Chaisson, 
  • Steve McMillan

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With Astronomy Today, authors Eric Chaisson and Steve McMillan communicate their excitement about astronomy, combining up-to-date science with insightful pedagogy. The text connects introductory astronomy to a broad understanding of the universe, emphasizes visualization and focuses on the process of scientific discovery in order to convey how we know what we know.

The 9th Edition reflects current research and discoveries in the field of astronomy including the Horizon mission on Pluto, the Mars Maven mission on Mars, and the discovery of a potentially habitable planet around Proxima Centauri.

Published by Pearson (November 13th 2017) - Copyright © 2018

ISBN-13: 9780134873787

Subject: Astronomy

Category: Astronomy Today


Astronomy Today Full Volume contains Chapters 1-28 and is also available in the following split volume versions:

  • Volume 1: The Solar System, 9th Edition contains Chapters 1-16, 28
  • Volume 2: Stars and Galaxies, 9th Edition contains Chapters 1-5 and 16-28

1. Charting the Heavens: The Foundations of Astronomy
2. The Copernican Revolution: The Birth of Modern Science
3. Radiation: Information from the Cosmos
4. Spectroscopy: The Inner Workings of Atoms
5. Telescopes: The Tools of Astronomy

6. The Solar System: An Introduction to Comparative Planetology
7. Earth: Our Home in Space
8. The Moon and Mercury: Scorched and Battered Worlds
9. Venus: Earth's Sister Planet
10. Mars: A Near Miss for Life?
11. Jupiter: Giant of the Solar System
12. Saturn: Spectacular Rings and Mysterious Moons
13. Uranus and Neptune: The Outer Worlds of the Solar System
14. Solar System Debris: Keys to Our Origin
15. The Formation of Planetary Systems: The Solar System and Beyond

16. The Sun: Our Parent Star
17. The Stars: Giants, Dwarfs, and the Main Sequence
18. The Interstellar Medium: Gas and Dust among the Stars
19. Star Formation: A Traumatic Birth
20. Stellar Evolution: The Life and Death of a Star
21. Stellar Explosions: Novae, Supernovae, and the Formation of the Elements
22. Neutron Stars and Black Holes: Strange States of Matter

23. The Milky Way Galaxy: A Spiral in Space
24. Galaxies: Building Blocks of the Universe
25. Galaxies and Dark Matter: The Large-Scale Structure of the Cosmos
26. Cosmology: The Big Bang and the Fate of the Universe
27. The Early Universe: Toward the Beginning of Time
28. Life in the Universe: Are We Alone?

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