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Dinah L. Moche
A Self-Teaching Guide

Explore the fascinating night sky with this acclaimed astronomy self-teaching guide

From stars, planets, and galaxies to black holes, the Big Bang, and life in space, this new edition of Astronomy brings the wonders of the cosmos to life. Offering a unique, successful self-teaching format, this practical, user-friendly guide makes it easy for you to quickly grasp the basic principles of astronomy and build gradually on what you have learned.

Updated with the latest discoveries and graphics, this new guide by award-winning author Dinah Moché features:
  • Frontier twenty-first-century research into black holes, active galaxies, and quasars
  • New Web site addresses throughout for the best astronomy online
  • Removable Star and Moon maps for fun stargazing
  • A review of the latest ground and space telescopes
  • Up-to-date star, constellation, and astronomical data
  • Objectives, reviews, and self-tests to monitor your progress

This complete, new edition is all any student or amateur stargazer needs to understand and appreciate the wonders of the universe. You can use the book alone or with a conventional textbook, Internet-based or distance-learning course, computer software, telescope manual, or as a handy reference.

Table of Contents
  • Introduction Cosmic View.
  • Chapter 1 Understanding the Starry Sky.
  • Chapter 2 Light and Telescopes.
  • Chapter 3 The Stars.
  • Chapter 4 The Sun.
  • Chapter 5 Stellar Evolution.
  • Chapter 6 Galaxies.
  • Chapter 7 The Universe.
  • Chapter 8 Exploring the Solar System.
  • Chapter 9 The Planets.
  • Chapter 10 The Moon.
  • Chapter 11 Comets, Meteors, and Meteorites.
  • Chapter 12 Life on Other Worlds?
  • Epilogue.
  • Useful Resources.
  • Periodicals.
  • Directories.
  • Books by Dinah L. Moch.
  • Career Information.
  • Almanacs, Observing Guides, and Star Atlases.
  • Organizations.
  • Astronomy and Space Online.
  • Appendix 1. The Constellations.
  • Appendix 2. Physical and Astronomical Constants.
  • Appendix 3. Measurements and Symbols.
  • Appendix 4. Periodic Table of the Elements.
  • Appendix 5. The Nearest Stars.
  • Appendix 6. The Messier Objects.
  • Index.
  • Star and Moon Maps Back of Book.


"One of the best ways by which one can be introduced to the wonders of astronomy."
(The Strolling Astronomer)

"Excellent . . . provides stimulating reading and actively involves the reader in astronomy."
(The Reflector)

Wiley & Sons, 2004, 368 S.
22,90 Euro
Broschiert, w. numerous figs
ISBN: 978-0-471-26518-4

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