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Tables of Contents for The Complete Idiot''s Guide to Astronomy
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Part 1: Finding Our Place in Space
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64
1 Naked Sky, Naked Eye: Finding Your Way in the Dark Finding your way around the night sky. No telescope necessary.
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16
2 Ancient Evenings: The First Watchers What the ancient astronomers saw, thought, and said.
19
14
3 The Unexplained Motions of the Heavens Puzzles of planetary motion: early thoughts on the subject.
33
14
4 Astronomy Reborn: 1543-1687 Everything (well, not really) you need to know about Copernicus, Tycho Brahe, Kepler, Galileo, and Newton.
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18
Part 2: Now You See It (Now You Don't)
65
80
5 The Art of Collecting Light (with a Telescope) Telescopes: what they see and how they work.
67
14
6 You and Your Telescope A guide to choosing and using binoculars and telescopes.
81
18
7 Over the Rainbow Electromagnetic radiation: what it is, how it travels, and what it does.
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14
8 Seeing in the Dark Alternatives to visible-light astronomy: radio, infrared, ultraviolet, and high energy.
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16
9 Space Race A brief history of space exploration.
129
16
Part 3: A Walk Around the Block
145
92
10 The Moon: Our Closest Neighbor All about the earth's moon.
147
12
11 Solar System Home Movie How our solar system was born and developed.
159
12
12 Solar System Family Snapshot A tour through our solar system.
171
16
13 Meet the Terrestrials: The Inner Planets The lowdown on Mercury, Venus, and Mars.
187
16
14 By Jove!: The Outer Planets All about Uranus, Neptune, Jupiter, and Saturn.
203
18
15 The Far End of the Block The moons and rings of the jovian planets, and the story of Pluto.
221
16
Part 4: To the Stars
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68
16 Our Star We explore the sun.
239
14
17 Of Giants and Dwarfs: Stepping Out into the Stars Observing, measuring, and classifying stars.
253
16
18 Stellar Careers How stars evolve--and how they end their lives.
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14
19 Black Holes: One-Way Tickets to Eternity Stellar endgames: neutron stars, black holes, and the strange effects they produce.
283
10
20 A Star Is Born How stars are created.
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12
Part 5: Way Out of This World
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40
21 The Milky Way: Much More Than a Candy Bar A tour of our home Galaxy.
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14
22 A Galaxy of Galaxies Observing, measuring, and classifying galaxies.
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14
23 Moving Out of Town Active versus normal galaxies: Seyfert and radio galaxies, plus quasars.
335
10
Part 6: The Big Questions
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38
24 Are We Alone? The odds on life beyond Earth and on other civilizations in the Milky Way.
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16
25 What About the Big Bang? How it all began (we think).
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10
26 (How) Will It End? Is the universe infinite or finite? Eternal or mortal? Will it end--and, if so, how?
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10
Appendices
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32
A Star Words Glossary A glossary of astronomy.
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16
B Upcoming Eclipses A list of lunar and solar eclipses to watch for.
399
2
C The Constellations A complete list of the constellations, with their approximate positions.
401
4
D The Messier Catalog The classic list of deep-sky objects--available to amateur astronomers.
405
6
E Sources for Astronomers Key sources of information, including books, guides, charts, astronomical event calendars, and Internet resources.
411
4
Index
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