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Astronomy Today (NASTA Edition), 8th edition

  • Eric Chaisson
  • Steve McMillan

Published by Benjamin Cummings (September 9th 2013) - Copyright © 2014

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Astronomy Today (NASTA Edition)

ISBN-13: 9780133412796

Includes: Hardcover

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Key Benefit:

With Astronomy Today, Eighth Edition, trusted authors Eric Chaisson and Steve McMillan communicate their excitement about astronomy, delivering current and thorough science with insightful pedagogy. The book emphasizes critical thinking and visualization, and it focuses on the process of scientific discovery, teaching readers “how we know what we know.”  


Alternate Versions

  • Astronomy Today, Volume 1: The Solar System, Eighth Edition—Focuses primarily on planetary coverage for a 1-term course. Includes Chapters 1–16, 28.
  • Astronomy Today, Volume 2: Stars and Galaxies, Eighth Edition—Focuses primarily on stars and stellar evolution for a 1-term course. Includes Chapters 1–5 and 16–28.

Key Topics:

Charting the Heavens: The Foundations of Astronomy, The Copernican Revolution: The Birth of Modern Science, Radiation: Information from the Cosmos, Spectroscopy: The Inner Workings of Atoms,  Telescopes: The Tools of Astronomy,  The Solar System: Comparative Planetology and Formation Scenarios, Earth: Our Home in Space,  The Moon and Mercury: Scorched and Battered Worlds,  Venus: Earth’s Sister Planet,  Mars: A Near Miss for Life?,  Jupiter: Giant of the Solar System, Saturn: Spectacular Rings and Mysterious Moons, Uranus and Neptune: The Outer Worlds of the Solar System, Solar System Debris: Keys to Our Origin, Exoplanets: Planetary Systems Beyond Our Own, The Sun: Our Parent Star, The Stars: Giants, Dwarfs, and the Main Sequence, The Interstellar Medium: Gas and Dust among the Stars,  Star Formation: A Traumatic Birth,  Stellar Evolution: The Life and Death of a Star, Stellar Explosions: Novae, Supernovae, and the Formation of the Elements, Neutron Stars and Black Holes: Strange States of Matter, The Milky Way Galaxy: A Spiral in Space, Galaxies: Building Blocks of the Universe, Galaxies and Dark Matter: The Large-Scale Structure of the Cosmos, Cosmology: The Big Bang and the Fate of the Universe,The Early Universe: Toward the Beginning of Time,  Life in the Universe: Are We Alone?

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