Cosmic Perspective, The: Stars and Galaxies, 8th edition

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

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ISBN-13:  9780134127552


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For two-semester courses in astronomy.


Teaching the Process of Science through Astronomy

Building on a long tradition of effective pedagogy and comprehensive coverage, The Cosmic Perspective, Eighth Edition provides a thoroughly engaging and up-to-date introduction to astronomy for non-science majors. This text offers a wealth of features that enhance student understanding of the process of science and actively engage students in the learning process for key concepts. The fully updated Eighth Edition includes the latest scientific discoveries, revises several subjects based on our most current understanding of the cosmos, and now emphasizes deeper understanding of the twists and turns of the process of science and the relevance of concepts to student’s lives.


This text is also available in two volumes, which can be purchased separately:

  • The Cosmic Perspective: The Solar System, Eighth Edition (includes Chapters 1–13, 14, S1, 24)
  • The Cosmic Perspective: Stars, Galaxies, and Cosmology, Eighth Edition (includes Chapters 1-3, S1, 4–6, S2–S4, 14–24)


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Table of contents

  • 1. A Modern View of the Universe
  • 2. Discovering the Universe for Yourself
  • 3. The Science of Astronomy
  • 4. Making Sense of the Universe: Understanding Motion, Energy, and Gravity
  • 5. Light and Matter : Reading Mesages 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
  • 14. Our Star
  • 15. Surveying the Stars
  • 16. Star Birth
  • 17. Star Stuf
  • 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.

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