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With this newly revised 7th edition of "Universe: Solar System, Stars, and Galaxies, International Edition" Mike Seeds' and Dana Backman's goal is to help students use astronomy to understand science and use science to understand what we are. Fascinating and engaging, this text illustrates the scientific method and guides students to answer these fundamental questions: 'What are we?' and 'How do we know?' In discussing the interplay between evidence and hypothesis, the authors provide not just facts but a conceptual framework for understanding the logic of science. This book vividly conveys their love of astronomy and illustrates how students can comprehend their place in the universe by grasping a small set of physical laws. Crafting a story about astronomy, the authors show students how to ask questions to gradually puzzle out the beautiful secrets of the physical world. The revision addresses new developments in astrophysics and cosmology, plus the latest discoveries, including evidence of a new world beyond Pluto and new evidence of dark energy and the acceleration of the universe.
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PART I: EXPLORING THE SKY. 1. Here and Now. 2. User's Guide to the Sky. 3. Cycles of the Sun and Moon. 4. The Origin of Modern Astronomy. 5. Light and Telescopes. 6. Atoms and Spectra. PART II: THE SOLAR SYSTEM. 7. The Sun. 8. The Origin of the Solar System (H12 Ch 15). 9. Earth and Moon (H12 Ch 16). 10. Mercury, Venus, Mars (H12 Ch 17). 11. The Jovian Planets (H12 Ch 18). 12. Meteorites, Asteroids, Comets and the Kuiper Belt (H12 Ch 19). PART III: THE STARS. 13. The Family of Stars (H12 Ch 8). 14. The Formation and Structure of Stars (H12 Ch 9). 15. The Deaths of Stars (H12 Ch 10). 16. Neutron Stars and Black Holes (H12 Ch 11). PART IV: THE UNIVERSE OF GALAXIES. 17. The Milky Way Galaxy (H12 Ch 12). 18. A Universe of Galaxies (H12 Ch 13). 19. Modern Cosmology (H12 Ch 14). PART V: LIFE. 20. Life on Other Worlds.

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