Universe, 1st Edition

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  • ISBN-10: 1465411143
  • ISBN-13: 9781465411143
  • DDC: 523.1
  • Grade Level Range: 4th Grade - 6th Grade
  • 600 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2012 | Published/Released October 2013
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2012

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Although the night sky is an object of fascination for many people, astronomy can also be a daunting subject; Universe brings understanding within easy grasp. This fully revised and updated edition has 52 new pages of content, filled with recent discoveries and innovations in astronomy. The book opens with a chapter looking at the universe and astronomy as a whole. This includes pages on the nature of the universe, the objects within it, and cosmology (the scientific study of the beginning and end of the universe), as well as a section showing how the Earth's motion affects our view of the skies and the basic techniques of practical astronomy. This section now includes expanded coverage of modern telescopes and astrophotography. The core of the book is a tour of the cosmos in three chapters, covering the Solar System, the Milky Way, and galaxies beyond our own. Each chapter combines explanatory pages to introduce different celestial phenomena with catalogs profiling the most interesting and important examples. The final chapter consists of a comprehensive star atlas, with entries on each of the 88 constellations and notable celestial objects that lie within them, and a monthly sky guide showing the night sky as it appears throughout the year as viewed from both the northern and southern hemispheres. Text, images, and charts have been revised throughout the book to bring this groundbreaking encyclopedia thoroughly up to date.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Half Title Page.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
About this Book.
A Short Tour of the Universe.
1: Introduction.
2: What is the Universe?.
3: The Scale of the Universe.
4: Celestial Objects.
5: Matter.
6: Radiation.
7: Gravity, Motion, and Orbits.
8: Space and Time.
9: Expanding Space.
10: The Beginning and End of the Universe.
11: The Big Bang.
12: Out of the Darkness.
13: Life in the Universe.
14: The Fate of the Universe.
15: The View from Earth.
16: The Celestial Sphere.
17: Celestial Cycles.
18: Planetary Motion.
19: Star Motion and Patterns.
20: Lights in the Sky.
21: Naked-Eye Astronomy.
22: Binocular Astronomy.
23: Telescope Astronomy.
24: Setting Up a Telescope.
25: Astrophotography.
26: Astronomical Observatories.
27: Observing from Space.
28: Guide to the Universe.
29: The Solar System.
30: The History of the Solar System.
31: The Family of the Sun.
32: The Sun.
33: Mercury.
34: Venus.
35: Earth.
36: The Moon.
37: Mars.
38: Asteroids.
39: Jupiter.
40: Saturn.
41: Uranus.
42: Neptune.
43: The Kuiper Belt and the Oort Cloud.
44: Comets.
45: Meteors and Meteorites.
46: The Milky Way.
47: The Milky Way.
48: Stars.
49: The Life Cycles of Stars.
50: Star Formation.
51: Main-Sequence Stars.
52: Old Stars.
53: Stellar End Points.
54: Multiple Stars.
55: Variable Stars.
56: Star Clusters.
57: Extra-Solar Planets.
58: Beyond the Milky Way.
59: Types of Galaxy.
60: Galaxy Evolution.
61: Active Galaxies.
62: Galaxy Clusters.
63: Galaxy Superclusters.
64: The Night Sky.
65: The Constellations.
66: The History of Constellations.
67: Mapping the Sky.
68: Guide to the Constellations.
69: Monthly Sky Guide.
70: Using the Sky Guides.
71: January.
72: February.
73: March.
74: April.
75: May.
76: June.
77: July.
78: August.
79: September.
80: October.
81: November.
82: December.