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With this newly revised sixth edition of THE SOLAR SYSTEM, author Mike Seeds' goal is to help you use astronomy to understand science--and use science to understand what we are. Fascinating and engaging, this text will help you answer two fundamental questions: What are we? How do we know? Crafting a story about astronomy, Seeds shows you how to ask questions to gradually puzzle out the beautiful secrets of the physical world and our place in it. This edition addresses the newest developments and latest discoveries in the exciting study of astronomy, including new data on Jupiter's ring system; new observations of the shapes of stars; new evidence of dark energy, quasars, and galaxy collisions; and a look inside supernova explosions. And for students looking for an interactive alternative to the print text, the FOUNDATIONS OF ASTRONOMY Online Version is the ideal solution. The Online Version gives you Web-based access to a digital version of Michael A. Seeds' best-selling astronomy textbook containing the complete text of THE SOLAR SYSTEM. If your instructor is using the Enhanced WebAssig? online homework management system, the Online Version includes access to your homework assignments as well, allowing you to navigate quickly between your homework and the text. Visit www.webassign.net/seeds to learn more.
Table of Contents
Exploring the Sky
What Are We? How Do We Know?
Cycles of the Moon
The Origin of Modern Astronomy
Light and Telescopes
Atoms and Starlight
The Family of Stars
The Interstellar Medium
The Formation of Stars
The Deaths of Stars
Neutron Stars and Black Holes
The Milky Way Galaxy
Galaxies with Active Nuclei
Cosmology in the 21st Century
The Solar System
The Origin of the Solar System
Earth: The Standard of Comparative Planetology
The Moon and Mercury: Comparing Airless Worlds
Comparative Planetology of Venus and Mars
Comparative Planetology of Jupiter and Saturn
Uranus, Neptune, and the Dwarf Planets
Meteorites, Asteroids, and Comets
Life on Other Worlds
Units and Astronomical Data
Observing the Sky
Answers to Even-Numbered Problems
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