Cosmic Perspective, The, 9th edition

  • Jeffrey O. Bennett, 
  • Megan O. Donahue, 
  • Nicholas Schneider, 
  • Mark Voit

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The Cosmic Perspective offers an engaging, up-to-date introduction to astronomy for anyone curious about the universe regardless of your prior background in astronomy or physics. As respected teachers and active researchers, the authors present astronomy with a coherent narrative and thematic approach that actively engages you, guides you through connecting ideas and enhances your understanding of the process of science. 

The 9th Edition presents major scientific updates, content focusing on the possibility of life in the universe and recent discoveries that provide modern contexts to help you see astronomy as highly relevant to your world now. This edition also focuses on cultural diversity and ethics across science and astronomy.

Published by Pearson (May 20th 2019) - Copyright © 2020

ISBN-13: 9780135729458

Subject: Astronomy

Category: Cosmic Perspective, The


The Cosmic Perspective, 9th Edition is available in 3 versions:

  • The Cosmic Perspective includes all chapters: CH 1-24 and S1-S4
  • The Cosmic Perspective: Solar System (ISBN: 9780134990774) includes CH1-14, S1, and CH24
  • The Cosmic Perspective: Stars and Galaxies (ISBN: 9780134990781) includes CH1-6, S1-S4, CH14-24


  • 1. A Modern View of the Universe
  • 2. Discovering the Universe For Yourself
  • 3. The Science of Astronomy
  • S1. Celestial Timekeeping and Navigation


  • 4. Making Sense of the Universe: Understanding Motion, Energy, and Gravity
  • 5. Light and Matter: Reading Messages from the Cosmos
  • 6. Telescopes: Portals of Discovery


  • 7. Our Planetary System
  • 8. Formation of the Solar System
  • 9. Planetary Geology: Earth and the Other Terrestrial Worlds
  • 10. Planetary Atmospheres: Earth and the Other Terrestrial Worlds
  • 11. Jovian Planet Systems
  • 12. Asteroids, Comets, and Dwarf Planets: their Nature, Orbits, and Impacts
  • 13. Other Planetary Systems: the New Science of Distant Worlds


  • S2. Space and Time
  • S3. Spacetime and Gravity
  • S4. Building Blocks of the Universe


  • 14. Our Star
  • 15. Surveying the Stars
  • 16. Star Birth
  • 17. Star Stuff
  • 18. The Bizarre. Stellar Graveyard


  • 19. Our Galaxy
  • 20. Galaxies and the Foundation of Modern Cosmology
  • 21. Galaxy Evolution
  • 22. The Birth of the Universe
  • 23. Dark Matter, Dark Energy, and the Fate of the Universe


  • 24. Life in the Universe


  • Glossary
  • Credits
  • Index

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