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From planets, stars, and galaxies to the search for extraterrestrial life, CliffsQuickReview Astronomy gives you jargon-free explanations of the fundamentals — including all the latest discoveries and theories. This guide introduces each topic, defines key terms, and carefully walks you through each sample problem step-by-step. In no time, you'll be ready to tackle the key concepts in this book such as
- The history and science of astronomy
- Origin and evolution of the solar system
- Hertzprung-Russel diagram
- Final end states of stars
- Types of galaxies and their classification
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About the Author
Charles J. Peterson, Ph.D. worked at the Carnegie Institution of Washington and at Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory before joining the University of Missouri in 1978. He has researched star clusters and galaxis as well as the history of astronomy. He has taught introductory and advanced astronomy courses for over 20 years.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1: A Brief History of Astronomy.
Chapter 2: The Science of Astronomy.
Chapter 3: Observing the Sky.
Chapter 4: The Solar System.
Chapter 5: Earth and Its Moon.
Chapter 6: Other Planets of the Solar System.
Chapter 7: The Sun, a Representative Star.
Chapter 8: Observational Properties of Stars.
Chapter 9: The Hertzsprung-Russell Diagram.
Chapter 10: The Structure of Stars.
Chapter 11: Formation and Evolution of Stars.
Chapter 12: Final End States of Stars.
Chapter 13: The Milky Way Galaxy.
Chapter 14: Galaxies.
Chapter 15: The Universe.
Chapter 16: Life in the Universe.