21st Century Astronomy (4th Edition) by Bradford Smith, George Blumenthal, Laura Kay

By Bradford Smith, George Blumenthal, Laura Kay

Teaches scholars to imagine like scientists.

Authors Laura Kay and Stacy Palen have constructed pedagogy that is helping scholars comprehend the method of technology, and the way actual ideas are used to find the origins of the universe. The authors emphasize how we all know what we all know within the figures, textual content, and end-of-chapter material.

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The supermassive star Eta Carinae, shown here, is currently ejecting a cloud of chemically enriched material just as earlier generations of stars once did to enrich our Solar System. helium. If these heavier elements that make up Earth and our bodies were not present in the early universe, where did they come from? 3). Nuclear fusion reactions occurring deep within the interiors of stars combine atoms of light elements such as hydrogen to form more massive atoms. When a star exhausts its nuclear fuel and nears the end of its life, it often loses much of its mass—including some of the new atoms formed in its interior—by blasting it back into interstellar space.

While we cannot and will not avoid math, when we use mathematics in this book, we will explain in everyday language what the equations mean and try to show you (a)   ʹ ˰ʹ ʹ The patterns in these objects tell us about the physical processes that created them. (a) The Red Rectangle, a protoplanetary nebula around the star HD 44179. (b) The spiral galaxy NGC 4622. TAURUS ARIES PISCES how equations express concepts that you can connect to the world. We will also limit the mathematics to a few basic tools.

Some people prefer the elegance of a simple ˃ˆ       ˃˥ Why Learn Astronomy? PERSEUS CEPHEUS HERCULES CASSIOPEIA URSA MINOR CASSIOPEIA PERSEUS URSA MAJOR Changing patterns in the sky echo changing patterns on Earth. PEGASUS CEPHEUS BOOTES LEO URSA MAJOR CORONA BOREALIS LYRA AURIGA URSA MINOR TAURUS GEMINI BOOTES CYGNUS ORION VIRGO HERCULES CANCER LEO CANIS MINOR AQUILA LIBRA AQUARIUS VIRGO CANIS MAJOR LIBRA CAPRICORNUS SCORPIUS SAGITTARIUS URSA MAJOR AURIGA URSA MINOR URSA MINOR URSA MAJOR CORONA BOREALIS CASSIOPEIA CEPHEUS CEPHEUS LEO LYRA HERCULES PERSEUS CANCER GEMINI CASSIOPEIA AURIGA CYGNUS ARIES TAURUS PEGASUS PEGASUS CANIS MINOR AQUILA PERSEUS PISCES ORION SAGITTARIUS AQUARIUS CAPRICORNUS     ʹ ˰ʹ ʸ Since ancient times, our ancestors recognized that patterns in the sky change with the CANIS MAJOR seasons.

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