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For courses in Introductory Astronomy.


Connects introductory astronomy to a broad understanding of the universe

In this 9th Edition of Astronomy Today, Volume 1, authors Eric Chaisson and Steve McMillan communicate their excitement about astronomy, combining up-to-date science with insightful pedagogy. The text emphasizes visualization, focusing on the process of scientific discovery in order to teach students “how we know what we know.” Updated features in the 9th Edition, Big Pictures and Big Questions, help students connect the content of each chapter with a broader understanding of the universe while piquing student interest in current research. New features within Mastering Astronomy bring these features together and allow students to interact with astronomy outside of the classroom. The 9th Edition has also been thoroughly updated and revised to reflect recent discoveries in the field of astronomy.

Table of contents

Astronomy Today, Volume 1: The Solar System, 9th Edition– Includes Chapters 1—16, 28.

PART I: Astronomy and the Universe

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

PART II: Our Planetary System

6 The Solar System: Comparative Planetology and Formation Models

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 Exoplanets: Planetary Systems Beyond Our Own

PART III: Stars and Stellar Evolution

16 The Sun: Our Parent Star

PART IV: Galaxies and Cosmology

28 Life in the Universe: Are We Alone?

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