Astronomy For Dummies

 
 
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Your updated guide to exploring the night sky

Do you know the difference between a red giant and a white dwarf? From asteroids to black holes, this easy-to-understand guide takes you on a grand tour of the universe. Featuring updated star maps, charts, and an insert with gorgeous full-color photographs, Astronomy For Dummies provides an easy-to-follow introduction to exploring the night sky. Plus, this new edition also comes with chapter quizzes online to help your understanding.

For as long as people have been walking the earth, those people have looked up into the night sky and wondered about the nature of the cosmos. Without the benefit of science to provide answers, they relied on myth and superstition to help them make sense of what they saw. Lucky for us, we live at a time when regular folks, equipped with nothing more than their naked eyes, can look up into the night sky and gain admittance to infinite wonders. If you know what to look for, you can make out planets, stars, galaxies, and even galactic clusters comprising hundreds of millions of stars and spanning millions of light-years.

Whether you're an amateur astronomer, space enthusiast, or enrolled in a first year astronomy course, Astronomy For Dummies gives you a reason to look into the heavens.

  • Includes updated schedules of coming eclipses of the Sun and Moon and a revised planetary appendix
  • Covers recent discoveries in space, such as water on the Moon and Pluto's demotion from 'planet' status
  • Collects new websites, lists of telescope motels, sky-watching guides, and suggestions for beginner's telescopes and suppliers
  • Provides free online access to chapter quizzes to help you understand the content

Ever wonder what's out there in the big ol' universe? This is the book for you!



Stephen P. Maran, PhD, is the retired assistant director of space sciences for information and outreach at the NASA-Goddard Space Flight Center. An investigator of stars, nebulae, and comets, he worked on the Hubble Space Telescope, Space Shuttle missions, Skylab, and other NASA projects.

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Stephen P. Maran, PhD, is the retired assistant director of space sciences for information and outreach at the NASA-Goddard Space Flight Center. An investigator of stars, nebulae, and comets, he worked on the Hubble Space Telescope, Space Shuttle missions, Skylab, and other NASA projects.
  • Intro
  • Title Page
  • Copyright Page
  • Table of Contents
  • Introduction
  • About This Book
  • Foolish Assumptions
  • Icons Used in This Book
  • Beyond the Book
  • Where to Go from Here
  • Part 1 Getting Started with Astronomy
  • Chapter 1 Seeing the Light: The Art and Science of Astronomy
  • Astronomy: The Science of Observation
  • What You See: The Language of Light
  • They wondered as they wandered: Understanding planets versus stars
  • If you see a Great Bear, start worrying: Naming stars and constellations
  • What do I spy? Spotting the Messier Catalog and other sky objects
  • The smaller, the brighter: Getting to the root of magnitudes
  • Looking back on light-years
  • Keep on moving: Figuring the positions of the stars
  • Gravity: A Force to Be Reckoned With
  • Space: A Commotion of Motion
  • Chapter 2 Join the Crowd: Skywatching Activities and Resources
  • You're Not Alone: Astronomy Clubs, Websites, Smartphone Apps, and More
  • Joining an astronomy club for star-studded company
  • Checking websites, magazines, software, and apps
  • Visiting Observatories and Planetariums
  • Ogling the observatories
  • Popping in on planetariums
  • Vacationing with the Stars: Star Parties, Eclipse Trips, Dark Sky Parks, and More
  • Party on! Attending star parties
  • Getting festive at an AstroFest
  • Tapping into Astronomy on Tap
  • To the path of totality: Taking eclipse cruises and tours
  • Motoring to telescope motels
  • Setting up camp at dark sky parks
  • Chapter 3 Terrific Tools for Observing the Skies
  • Seeing Stars: A Sky Geography Primer
  • As Earth turns . . .
  • . . . keep an eye on the North Star
  • Beginning with Naked-Eye Observation
  • Using Binoculars or a Telescope for a Better View
  • Binoculars: Sweeping the night sky
  • Telescopes: When closeness counts
  • Planning Your First Steps into Astronomy
  • Chapter 4 Just Passing Through: Meteors, Comets, and Artificial Satellites
  • Meteors: Wishing on a Shooting Star
  • Spotting sporadic meteors, fireballs, and bolides
  • Watching a radiant sight: Meteor showers
  • Comets: The Lowdown on Dirty Ice Balls
  • Making heads and tails of a comet's structure
  • Waiting for the "comets of the century"
  • Hunting for the great comet
  • Artificial Satellites: Enduring a Love-Hate Relationship
  • Skywatching for artificial satellites
  • Finding satellite viewing predictions
  • Part 2 Going Once Around the Solar System
  • Chapter 5 A Matched Pair: Earth and Its Moon
  • Putting Earth under the Astronomical Microscope
  • One of a kind: Earth's unique characteristics
  • Spheres of influence: Earth's distinct regions
  • Examining Earth's Time, Seasons, and Age
  • Orbiting for all time
  • Tilting toward the seasons
  • Estimating Earth's age
  • Making Sense of the Moon
  • Get ready to howl: Identifying phases of the Moon
  • In the shadows: Watching lunar eclipses
  • Cultivating an interest in the occult(ations)
  • Hard rock: Surveying lunar geology
  • Quite an impact: Considering a theory about the Moon's origin
  • Chapter 6 Earth's Near Neighbors: Mercury, Venus, and Mars
  • Mercury: Weird, Hot, and Mostly Metal
  • Dry, Acidic, and Hilly: Steering Clear of Venus
  • Red, Cold, and Barren: Uncovering the Mysteries of Mars
  • Where has all the water gone?
  • Does Mars support life?
  • Differentiating Earth through Comparative Planetology
  • Observing the Terrestrial Planets with Ease
  • Understanding elongation, opposition, and conjunction
  • Viewing Venus and its phases
  • Watching Mars as it loops around
  • Outdoing Copernicus by observing Mercury
  • Chapter 7 Rock On: The Asteroid Belt and Near-Earth Objects
  • Taking a Brief Tour of the Asteroid Belt
  • Understanding the Threat That Near-Earth Objects Pose
  • When push comes to shove: Nudging an asteroid
  • Forewarned is forearmed: Surveying NEOs to protect Earth
  • Searching for Small Points of Light
  • Helping to track an occultation
  • Timing an asteroidal occultation
  • Chapter 8 Great Balls of Gas: Jupiter and Saturn
  • The Pressure's On: Journeying Inside Jupiter and Saturn
  • Almost a Star: Gazing at Jupiter
  • Scanning for the Great Red Spot
  • Shooting for Galileo's moons
  • Our Main Planetary Attraction: Setting Your Sights on Saturn
  • Ringing around the planet
  • Storm chasing across Saturn
  • Monitoring a moon of major proportions
  • Venting about geysers on Enceladus
  • Chapter 9 Far Out! Uranus, Neptune, Pluto, and Beyond
  • Breaking the Ice with Uranus and Neptune
  • Bull's-eye! Tilted Uranus and its features
  • Against the grain: Neptune and its biggest moon
  • Meeting Pluto, the Amazing Dwarf Planet
  • Getting to the heart of Pluto
  • Looking at Pluto's makeup
  • The moon chip doesn't float far from the planet
  • Buckling Down to the Kuiper Belt
  • Viewing the Outer Planets
  • Sighting Uranus
  • Distinguishing Neptune from a star
  • Straining to see Pluto
  • Hunting New Planet Number Nine
  • Part 3 Meeting Old Sol and Other Stars
  • Chapter 10 The Sun: Star of Earth
  • Surveying the Sunscape
  • The Sun's size and shape: A great bundle of gas
  • The Sun's regions: Caught between the core and the corona
  • Solar activity: What's going on out there?
  • Solar wind: Playing with magnets
  • Solar CSI: The mystery of the missing solar neutrinos
  • Four billion and counting: The life expectancy of the Sun
  • Don't Make a Blinding Mistake: Safe Techniques for Solar Viewing
  • Viewing the Sun by projection
  • Viewing the Sun through front-end filters
  • Fun with the Sun: Solar Observation
  • Tracking sunspots
  • Experiencing solar eclipses
  • Looking at solar pictures on the Net
  • Chapter 11 Taking a Trip to the Stars
  • Life Cycles of the Hot and Massive
  • Young stellar objects: Taking baby steps
  • Main sequence stars: Enjoying a long adulthood
  • Red giants: Burning out the golden years
  • Closing time: Coming up on the tail end of stellar evolution
  • Star Color, Brightness, and Mass
  • Spectral types: What color is my star?
  • Star light, star bright: Luminosity classifications
  • The brighter they burn, the bigger they swell: Mass determines class
  • The H-R diagram
  • Eternal Partners: Binary and Multiple Stars
  • Binary stars and the Doppler effect
  • Two stars are binary, but three's a crowd: Multiple stars
  • Change Is Good: Variable Stars
  • Go the distance: Pulsating stars
  • Explosive neighbors: Flare stars
  • Nice to nova: Exploding stars
  • Stellar hide-and-seek: Eclipsing binary stars
  • Hog the starlight: Microlensing events
  • Your Stellar Neighbors
  • How to Help Scientists by Observing the Stars
  • Star Studies to Aid with Your Brain and Computer
  • Chapter 12 Galaxies: The Milky Way and Beyond
  • Unwrapping the Milky Way
  • How and when did the Milky Way form?
  • What shape is the Milky Way?
  • Where can you find the Milky Way?
  • Star Clusters: Meeting Galactic Associates
  • A loose fit: Open clusters
  • A tight squeeze: Globular clusters
  • Fun while it lasted: OB associations
  • Taking a Shine to Nebulae
  • Picking out planetary nebulae
  • Breezing through supernova remnants
  • Enjoying Earth's best nebular views
  • Getting a Grip on Galaxies
  • Surveying spiral, barred spiral, and lenticular galaxies
  • Examining elliptical galaxies
  • Looking at irregular, dwarf, and low surface brightness galaxies
  • Gawking at great galaxies
  • Discovering the Local Group of Galaxies
  • Checking out clusters of galaxies
  • Sizing up superclusters, cosmic voids, and Great Walls
  • Joining Galaxy Zoo for Fun and Science
  • Chapter 13 Digging into Black Holes and Quasars
  • Black Holes: Keeping Your Distance
  • Looking over the black hole roster
  • Poking around the black hole interior
  • Surveying a black hole's surroundings
  • Warping space and time
  • Detecting black hole collisions
  • Watching stars get swallowed by black holes
  • Quasars: Defying Definitions
  • Measuring the size of a quasar
  • Getting up to speed on jets
  • Exploring quasar spectra
  • Active Galactic Nuclei: Welcome to the Quasar Family
  • Sifting through different types of AGN
  • Examining the power behind AGN
  • Proposing the Unified Model of AGN
  • Part 4 Pondering the Remarkable Universe
  • Chapter 14 Is Anybody Out There? SETI and Planets of Other Suns
  • Using Drake's Equation to Discuss SETI
  • SETI Projects: Listening for E.T.
  • The flight of Project Phoenix
  • Space scanning with other SETI projects
  • Hot targets for SETI
  • SETI wants you!
  • Discovering Alien Worlds
  • Changing ideas on exoplanets
  • Finding exoplanets
  • Meeting the (exo)planets
  • Catching Proxima fever: Focusing on red dwarfs
  • Finding Earth-class planets orbiting TRAPPIST-1
  • Checking out planets for fun and science
  • Astrobiology: How's Life on Other Worlds?
  • Extremophiles: Living the hard way
  • Seeking life in the solar system
  • Chapter 15 Delving into Dark Matter and Antimatter
  • Dark Matter: Understanding the Universal Glue
  • Gathering the evidence for dark matter
  • Debating the makeup of dark matter
  • Taking a Shot in the Dark: Searching for Dark Matter
  • Looking for WIMPs and other microscopic dark matter
  • MACHOs: Making a brighter image
  • Mapping dark matter with gravitational lensing
  • Dueling Antimatter: Proving That Opposites Attract
  • Chapter 16 The Big Bang and the Evolution of the Universe
  • Evidence for the Big Bang
  • Inflation: A Swell Time in the Universe
  • Something from nothing: Inflation and the vacuum
  • Falling flat: Inflation and the shape of the universe
  • Dark Energy: The Universal Accelerator
  • Universal Info Pulled from the Cosmic Microwave Background
  • Finding the lumps in the cosmic microwave background
  • Mapping the universe with the cosmic microwave background
  • In a Galaxy Far Away: Standard Candles and the Hubble Constant
  • Standard candles: How do scientists measure galaxy distances?
  • The Hubble constant: How fast do galaxies really move?
  • The Fate of the Universe
  • Part 5 The Part of Tens
  • Chapter 17 Ten Strange Facts about Astronomy and Space
  • You Have Tiny Meteorites in Your Hair
  • A Comet's Tail Often Leads the Way
  • Earth Is Made of Rare and Unusual Matter
  • High Tide Comes on Both Sides of Earth at the Same Time
  • On Venus, the Rain Never Falls on the Plain
  • Rocks from Mars Dot Earth
  • Pluto Was Discovered from the Predictions of a False Theory
  • Sunspots Aren't Dark
  • A Star in Plain View May Have Exploded, but No One Knows
  • You May Have Seen the Big Bang on an Old Television
  • Chapter 18 Ten Common Errors about Astronomy and Space
  • "The Light from That Star Took 1,000 Light-Years to Reach Earth"
  • A Freshly Fallen Meteorite Is Still Hot
  • Summer Always Comes When Earth Is Closest to the Sun
  • The Back of the Moon Is Dark
  • The "Morning Star" Is a Star
  • If You Vacation in the Asteroid Belt, You'll See Asteroids All Around You
  • Nuking a "Killer Asteroid" on a Collision Course for Earth Will Save Us
  • The Sun Is an Average Star
  • The Hubble Telescope Gets Up Close and Personal
  • The Big Bang Is Dead
  • Part 6 Appendixes
  • Appendix A Star Maps
  • Appendix B Glossary
  • Sky Measures
  • Index
  • Supplemental Images
  • EULA

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