Table of Contents

PART I. DEVELOPING PERSPECTIVE

  • 1. A Modern View of the Universe
  • 2. Discovering the Universe For Yourself
  • 3. The Science of Astronomy
  • S1. Celestial Timekeeping and Navigation

PART II. KEY CONCEPTS FOR ASTRONOMY

  • 4. Making Sense of the Universe: Understanding Motion, Energy, and Gravity
  • 5. Light and Matter: Reading Messages from the Cosmos
  • 6. Telescopes: Portals of Discovery

PART III. LEARNING FROM OTHER WORLDS

  • 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

PART IV. A DEEPER LOOK AT NATURE

  • S2. Space and Time
  • S3. Spacetime and Gravity
  • S4. Building Blocks of the Universe

PART V. STARS

  • 14. Our Star
  • 15. Surveying the Stars
  • 16. Star Birth
  • 17. Star Stuff
  • 18. The Bizarre. Stellar Graveyard

PART VI. GALAXIES AND BEYOND

  • 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

PART VII. LIFE ON EARTH AND BEYOND

  • 24. Life In the Universe

Appendixes
Glossary
Credits
Index