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  • Paperback + Digital Product License Key Folder
  • Bookstore's Wholesale Price: $84.00
  • June 2017
  • ISBN: 978-0-393-26511-8
  • 560 pages
  • Volume(s): 1 / Chapters 1 - 12, 24
  • Territory Rights: Worldwide
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Laura Kay (Author, Barnard College), Stacy Palen (Author, Weber State University), George Blumenthal (Author, University of California, Santa Cruz)


A textbook that facilitates learning by doing.

Influenced by astronomy education research, 21st Century Astronomy offers a complete pedagogical and media package that facilitates learning by doing, while the new one-column design makes the Fifth Edition the most accessible introductory text available today.


    Chapter 1. Thinking Like an Astronomer
    Chapter 2. Patterns in the Sky—Motions of Earth and the Moon
    Chapter 3. Motion of Astronomical Bodies 
    Chapter 4. Gravity and Orbits 
    Chapter 5. Light 
    Chapter 6. The Tools of the Astronomer 
    Chapter 7. The Birth and Evolution of Planetary Systems 
    Chapter 8. The Terrestrial Planets and Earth’s Moon 
    Chapter 9. Atmospheres of the Terrestrial Planets 
    Chapter 10. Worlds of Gas and Liquid—The Giant Planets 
    Chapter 11. Planetary Moons and Rings 
    Chapter 12. Dwarf Planets and Small Solar System Bodies 
    Chapter 24. Life