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Explore the fascinating night sky with this acclaimed astronomy self-teaching guide
From stars, planets, and galaxies to black holes, the Big Bang, and life in space, this new edition of Astronomy brings the wonders of the cosmos to life. Offering a unique, successful self-teaching format, this practical, user-friendly guide makes it easy for you to quickly grasp the basic principles of astronomy and build gradually on what you have learned.
Updated with the latest discoveries and graphics, this new guide by award-winning author Dinah Moché features:
- Frontier twenty-first-century research into black holes, active galaxies, and quasars
- New Web site addresses throughout for the best astronomy online
- Removable Star and Moon maps for fun stargazing
- A review of the latest ground and space telescopes
- Up-to-date star, constellation, and astronomical data
- Objectives, reviews, and self-tests to monitor your progress
This complete, new edition is all any student or amateur stargazer needs to understand and appreciate the wonders of the universe. You can use the book alone or with a conventional textbook, Internet-based or distance-learning course, computer software, telescope manual, or as a handy reference.
Praise for previous editions of Astronomy
" One of the best ways by which one can be introduced to the wonders of astronomy. "
The Strolling Astronomer
"Excellent . . . provides stimulating reading and actively involves the reader in astronomy."
"A lively, up-to-date account of the basic principles of astronomy and exciting current field of research."-Science Digest
For a quarter of a century, Astronomy: A Self-Teaching Guide has been making students and amateur stargazers alike feel at home among the stars. From stars, planets and galaxies, to black holes, the Big Bang and life in space, this title has been making it easy for beginners to quickly grasp the basic concepts of astronomy for over 25 years. Updated with the latest discoveries in astronomy and astrophysics, this newest edition of Dinah Moch?'s classic guide now includes many Web site addresses for spectacular images and news. And like all previous editions, it is packed with valuable tables, charts, star and moon maps and features simple activities that reinforce readers' grasp of basic concepts at their own pace, as well as objectives, reviews, and self-tests to monitor their progress.
Dinah L. Moch?, PhD (Rye, NY), is an award-winning author, educator, and lecturer. Her books have sold over nine million copies in seven languages.
Dinah L. Moch, PhD (Rye, NY), is an award-winning author, educator, and lecturer. Her books have sold over nine million copies in seven languages.
Wiley's popular self-teaching guide on astronomy, this updated sixth edition of Astronomy: A Self-Teaching Guide includes the latest, most accurate data and photos of our infinite universe.
About the Author
DINAH L. MOCHÉ, Ph.D., is Professor of Physics and Astronomy at the City University of New York. She is an award-winning author and lecturer, and her books have sold over ten million copies in seven languages.
Table of Contents
List of Tables.
Introduction Cosmic View.
Chapter 1. Understanding the Starry Sky.
Chapter 2. Light and Telescopes.
Chapter 3. The Stars.
Chapter 4. The Sun.
Chapter 5. Stellar Evolution.
Chapter 6. Galaxies.
Chapter 7. The Universe.
Chapter 8. Exploring the Solar System.
Chapter 9. The Planets.
Chapter 10. The Moon.
Chapter 11. Comets, Meteors, and Meteorites.
Chapter 12. Life on Other Worlds?
Books by Dinah L. Moché.
Almanacs, Observing Guides, and Star Atlases.
Astronomy and Space Online.
1. The Constellations.
2. Physical and Astronomical Constants.
3. Measurements and Symbols.
4. Periodic Table of the Elements.
5. The Nearest Stars.
6. The Messier Objects.
Star and Moon Maps.