Table of Contents – Astronomy Class

Preface

  • 1 Science and the Universe: A Brief Tour
  • 2 Observing the Sky: The Birth of Astronomy
  • 3 Orbits and Gravity
  • 4 Earth, Moon, and Sky
  • 5 Radiation and Spectra
  • 6 Astronomical Instruments
  • 7 Other Worlds: An Introduction to the Solar System
  • 8 Earth as a Planet
  • 9 Cratered Worlds
  • 10 Earthlike Planets: Venus and Mars
  • 11 The Giant Planets
  • 12 Rings, Moons, and Pluto
  • 13 Comets and Asteroids: Debris of the Solar System
  • 14 Cosmic Samples and the Origin of the Solar System
  • 15 The Sun: A Garden-Variety Star
  • 16 The Sun: A Nuclear Powerhouse
  • 17 Analyzing Starlight
  • 18 The Stars: A Celestial Census
  • 19 Celestial Distances
  • 20 Between the Stars: Gas and Dust in Space
  • 21 The Birth of Stars and the Discovery of Planets outside the Solar System
    22 Stars from Adolescence to Old Age
  • 23 The Death of Stars
  • 24 Black Holes and Curved Spacetime
  • 25 The Milky Way Galaxy
  • 26 Galaxies
  • 27 Active Galaxies, Quasars, and Supermassive Black Holes
  • 28 The Evolution and Distribution of Galaxies
  • 29 The Big Bang
  • 30 Life in the Universe

How to Study for an Introductory Astronomy Class
Astronomy Websites, Images, and Apps
Scientific Notation
Units Used in Science
Some Useful Constants for Astronomy
Physical and Orbital Data for the Planets
Selected Moons of the Planets
Future Total Eclipses
The Nearest Stars, Brown Dwarfs, and White Dwarfs
The Brightest Twenty Stars
The Chemical Elements
The Constellations
Star Chart and Sky Event Resources