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Astronomy For Dummies, 3rd Edition

ISBN: 978-1-118-37694-2
360 pages
October 2012
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Introduction  1

Part I: Stalking the Cosmos  5

Chapter 1: Seeing the Light: The Art and Science of Astronomy 7

Chapter 2: Join the Crowd: Skywatching Activities and Resources 27

Chapter 3: The Way You Watch Tonight: Terrifi c Tools for Observing the Skies 45

Chapter 4: Just Passing Through: Meteors, Comets, and Artifi cial Satellites 65

Part II: Going Once Around the Solar System  85

Chapter 5: A Matched Pair: Earth and Its Moon 87

Chapter 6: Earth’s Near Neighbors: Mercury, Venus, and Mars 109

Chapter 7: Rock On: The Asteroid Belt and Near-Earth Objects 129

Chapter 8: Great Balls of Gas: Jupiter and Saturn 139

Chapter 9: Far Out! Uranus, Neptune, Pluto, and Beyond 151

Part III: Meeting Old Sol and Other Stars  161

Chapter 10: The Sun: Star of Earth 163

Chapter 11: Taking a Trip to the Stars 187

Chapter 12: Galaxies: The Milky Way and Beyond 217

Chapter 13: Digging into Black Holes and Quasars 241

Part IV: Pondering the Remarkable Universe  255

Chapter 14: Is Anybody Out There? SETI and Planets of Other Suns 257

Chapter 15: Delving into Dark Matter and Antimatter 277

Chapter 16: The Big Bang and the Evolution of the Universe 289

Part V: The Part of Tens  301

Chapter 17: Ten Strange Facts about Astronomy and Space 303

Chapter 18: Ten Common Errors about Astronomy and Space 307

Part VI: Appendixes  311

Appendix A: Star Maps 313

Appendix B: Glossary 321

Index  325

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