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OpenStax Astronomy Text

1: Science and the Universe: A Brief Tour

2: Observing the Sky: The Birth of Astronomy

3: Orbits and Gravity

4: Earth, Moon, and Sky

5: Radiation and Spectra

6: Astronomical Instruments

7: Other Worlds: An Introduction to the Solar System

8: Earth as a Planet

9: Cratered Worlds

10: Earthlike Planets: Venus and Mars

11: The Giant Planets

12: Rings, Moons, and Pluto

13: Comets and Asteroids: Debris of the Solar System

14: Cosmic Samples and the Origin of the Solar System

15: The Sun: A Garden-Variety Star

16: The Sun: A Nuclear Powerhouse

17: Analyzing Starlight

18: The Stars: A Celestial Census

19: Celestial Distances

20: Between the Stars: Gas and Dust in Space

21: The Birth of Stars and the Discovery of Planets outside the Solar System

22: Stars from Adolescence to Old Age

23: The Death of Stars

24: Black Holes and Curved Spacetime

25: The Milky Way Galaxy

26: Galaxies

27: Active Galaxies, Quasars, and Supermassive Black Holes

28: The Evolution and Distribution of Galaxies

29: The Big Bang

30: Life in the Universe

How to Study for an Introductory Astronomy Class

Astronomy Websites, Images, and Apps

Scientific Notation

Units Used in Science

Some Useful Constants for Astronomy

Physical and Orbital Data for the Planets

Selected Moons of the Planets

Future Total Eclipses

The Nearest Stars, Brown Dwarfs, and White Dwarfs

The Brightest Twenty Stars

The Chemical Elements

The Constellations

Star Chart and Sky Event Resources

McGraw Hill Text

Preview The Cosmic Landscape

Chapter 1: The Cycles of the Sky

Chapter 2: The Rise of Astronomy

Essay 1: Backyard Astronomy

Chapter 3: Gravity and Motion

Chapter 4: Light and Atoms

Essay 2: Special and General Relativity

Chapter 5: Telescopes

Chapter 6: The Earth

Essay 3: Keeping Time

Chapter 7: The Moon

Chapter 8: Survey of Solar Systems

Chapter 9: The Terrestrial Planets

Chapter 10: The Outer Planets

Chapter 11: Small Bodies Orbiting the Sun

Chapter 12: The Sun, Our Star

Chapter 13: Measuring the Properties of Stars

Chapter 14: Stellar Evolution

Chapter 15: Stellar Remnants: White Dwarfs, Neutron Stars, and Black Holes

Chapter 16: The Milky Way Galaxy

Chapter 17: Galaxies

Chapter 18: Cosmology

Essay 4: Life in the Universe



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