Ready to blast off into outer space? Not everyone can be an astronaut, but anyone can read Astronomy to better understand what lies beyond Earth. This introductory astronomy textbook covers orbits and gravity, planets in the solar system, the sun, stars, and further galaxies.
Enter the boundless realm of astronomy with this handy textbook for beginners. It covers most all important topics presented in an introductory space science course. Also, the book is ripe with visuals that will make readers curious for more. First, Astronomy gives a brief tour of the universe and a history of space science. It explains how people began observing the sky above and beyond. These elements gives students a solid overview of what the textbook will cover and why it's worthy of studying.
Then, Astronomy gets into the nitty-gritty of the aspects of outer space that humans have come to understand over the centuries. For example, readers will learn about orbits and gravity, the Earth, moon, and sky, and the equipment used to examine the night sky. Then, the textbook highlights all parts of the solar system, from Earth-like planets like Venus and Mars to giant planets like Jupiter. It will also explain what makes a planet, a planet. This leads into chapters about stars, galaxies, and cosmology. Astronomy concludes with information on the Big Bang and current research about life in the universe.
About the Authors of Astronomy
Andrew Fraknoiis is the chair of Foothill College's astronomy department. He has edited and co-authored numerous published works on space science. He also served as executive director of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific. David Morrison works at NASA Ames Research Center as a senior scientist. He was a graduate student under the late, famous astronomer Carl Sagan at Harvard University. Then, he went on to work on science teams for the Voyager, Galileo, and Kepler space missions. Sidney Wolff has served as director of Kitt Peak National Observatory and National Optical Astronomy Observatory. She won the Independent Publisher Book Awards's 2016 Silver Medal in Science for her book, The Boundless Universe: Astronomy in a New Age of Discovery.