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Astronomy: A Self-Teaching Guide (Wiley Self-Teaching Guides) [Paperback]

Dinah L. Moché
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Table of Contents

List of Tables xv

Introduction Cosmic View 1

Chapter 1 Understanding the Starry Sky 5

Chapter 2 Light and Telescopes 31

Chapter 3 The Stars 65

Chapter 4 The Sun 95

Chapter 5 Stellar Evolution 121

Chapter 6 Galaxies 146

Chapter 7 The Universe 181

Chapter 8 Exploring the Solar System 201

Chapter 9 The Planets 229

Chapter 10 The Moon 270

Chapter 11 Comets, Meteors, and Meteorites 293

Chapter 12 Life on Other Worlds? 314

Epilogue 334

Useful Resources and Web Sites

Periodicals: Print and Online 335

Databases 335

Books by Dinah L. Moché 336

Career Information 336

Almanacs, Observing Guides, and Star Atlases 337

Organizations 337

Stunning Color Images and News Online 338

Appendixes

1. The Constellations 341

2. Physical and Astronomical Constants 343

3. Measurements and Symbols 344

4. Periodic Table of the Elements 346

5. The Nearest Stars 348

6. The Messier Objects 349

Index 352

Star and Moon Maps Back of Book

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Winter Skies

Moon Map

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