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Astronomy : a self-teaching guide
Moché, Dinah L., 1936-
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Sixth edition.
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Hoboken, N.J. : Wiley, [2004]

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xi, 343 pages : illustrations, maps ; 26 cm.
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QB45 .M723 2004 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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"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 Moché'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. Moché, PhD (Rye, NY), is an award-winning author, educator, and lecturer. Her books have sold over nine million copies in seven languages.

Author Notes

Dinah L. Moche, Ph.D., is Professor of Physics and Astronomy at the City University of New York

Table of Contents

Dinah L. Moche
List of Tablesp. xi
Introduction: Cosmic Viewp. 1
Chapter 1 Understanding the Starry Skyp. 5
Chapter 2 Light and Telescopesp. 30
Chapter 3 The Starsp. 61
Chapter 4 The Sunp. 90
Chapter 5 Stellar Evolutionp. 114
Chapter 6 Galaxiesp. 138
Chapter 7 The Universep. 173
Chapter 8 Exploring the Solar Systemp. 192
Chapter 9 The Planetsp. 219
Chapter 10 The Moonp. 258
Chapter 11 Comets, Meteors, and Meteoritesp. 280
Chapter 12 Life on Other Worlds?p. 300
Epiloguep. 319
Useful Resources
Periodicalsp. 320
Directoriesp. 320
Booksp. 320
Career Informationp. 321
Almanacs, Observing Guides, and Star Atlasesp. 321
Organizationsp. 322
Astronomy and Space Onlinep. 323
1. The Constellationsp. 325
2. Physical and Astronomical Constantsp. 327
3. Measurements and Symbolsp. 328
4. Periodic Table of the Elementsp. 330
5. The Nearest Starsp. 332
6. The Messier Objectsp. 333
Indexp. 336
Star and Moon Maps
Spring Skies
Summer Skies
Autumn Skies
Winter Skies
Moon Map