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Explorations: Introduction to Astronomy / Edition 6

Explorations: Introduction to Astronomy / Edition 6

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The eighth edition of Explorations: An Introduction to Astronomy strives to share with students a sense of wonder about the universe and the dynamic, ever-changing science of astronomy. Written for students of various educational backgrounds, Explorations emphasizes current information, a visually exciting art package, accessible writing, and accuracy. The new edition also features the most complete technology support package offered with any astronomy text.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780077345099
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Higher Education
Publication date: 09/14/2009
Edition description: Older Edition
Pages: 571
Product dimensions: 8.50(w) x 10.70(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Tom Arny is an Emeritus professor in the Astronomy Department at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. He was associated there with the Five College Astronomy Program(comprising faculty from U-Mass, Amhurst, Hampshire, Mt. Holyoke, and Smith Colleges). Dr. Arny received his undergraduate degree from Haverford College and his Ph.D. in astronomy from the University of Arizona. In addition to his interest in astronomy, he has a long-standing fascination with the natural world: weather (especially atmospheric optics such as rainbows), birds, wildflowers, and butterflies.
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Steve Schneider became interested in astronomy at the amateur level when he was a child. He studied astronomy as an undergraduate at Harvard and obtained his Ph.D. from Cornell. His dissertation work received the Trumpler Award of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific, and he was named a Presidential Young Investigator. In addition to teaching introductory astronomy, he works closely with science teachers, presenting workshops and special courses. He also loves to draw and paint.

Table of Contents


The Cosmic Landscape

Chapter 1

The Cycles of the Sky

Chapter 2

The Rise of Astronomy

Essay 1

Backyard Astronomy

Chapter 3

Gravity and Motion

Chapter 4

Light and Atoms

Essay 2

Special and General Relativity

Chapter 5


Chapter 6

The Earth

Essay 3

Keeping Time

Chapter 7

The Moon

Chapter 8

Survey of Solar Systems

Chapter 9

The Terrestrial Planets

Chapter 10

The Outer Planets

Chapter 11

Small Bodies Orbiting the Sun

Chapter 12

The Sun, Our Star

Chapter 13

Measuring the Properties of Stars

Chapter 14

Stellar Evolution

Chapter 15

Stellar Remnants: White Dwarfs, Neutron Stars, and Black Holes

Chapter 16

The Milky Way Galaxy

Chapter 17


Chapter 18


Essay 4

Life in the Universe

Answers to Test Yourself


Scientific Notation

Metric Prefixes

Solving Distance, Velocity, Time (






) Problems

Some Useful Formulas




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