Table of Contents

I ASTRONOMY AND THE UNIVERSE

  1. Charting the Heavens: The Foundations of Astronomy
  2. The Copernican Revolution: The Birth of Modern Science
  3. Radiation: Information from the Cosmos
  4. Spectroscopy: The Inner Workings of Atoms
  5. Telescopes: The Tools of Astronomy

II OUR PLANETARY SYSTEM

  1. The Solar System: An Introduction to Comparative Planetology
  2. Earth: Our Home in Space
  3. The Moon and Mercury: Scorched and Battered Worlds
  4. Venus: Earth’s Sister Planet
  5. Mars: A Near Miss for Life?
  6. Jupiter: Giant of the Solar System
  7. Saturn: Spectacular Rings and Mysterious Moons
  8. Uranus and Neptune: The Outer Worlds of the Solar System
  9. Solar System Debris: Keys to Our Origin
  10. The Formation of Planetary Systems: The Solar System and Beyond

III STARS AND STELLAR EVOLUTION

  1. The Sun: Our Parent Star
  2. The Stars: Giants, Dwarfs, and the Main Sequence
  3. The Interstellar Medium: Gas and Dust among the Stars
  4. Star Formation: A Traumatic Birth
  5. Stellar Evolution: The Life and Death of a Star
  6. Stellar Explosions: Novae, Supernovae, and the Formation of the Elements
  7. Neutron Stars and Black Holes: Strange States of Matter

IV GALAXIES AND COSMOLOGY

  1. The Milky Way Galaxy: A Spiral in Space
  2. Galaxies: Building Blocks of the Universe
  3. Galaxies and Dark Matter: The Large-Scale Structure of the Cosmos
  4. Cosmology: The Big Bang and the Fate of the Universe
  5. The Early Universe: Toward the Beginning of Time
  6. Life in the Universe: Are We Alone?