This focused, advanced undergraduate text provides broad coverage of astronomy and astrophysics with a strong emphasis on physics. Many researchers, faculty, and graduate students use this book as a reference. This text has an algebra and trigonometry prerequisite, but calculus is preferred. Features: * "Concept Applications" are fully worked-out, in-chapter problems that focus on an important concept found within that chapter. * "Key Equations and Concepts" neatly summarize the important equations and concepts found in each chapter. New to this edition: * Many new problems have been added, most 3rd Edition problems remain. * Physics Prelude serves as preview and preorganizer of the physics at a level appropriate to the book and the course. * Reorganization of Part 3--Chapters on stellar evolution are now consecutive. * Key new astronomical material further enhances the text. * "Hale-Bopp Comet Update" has been added after Chapter 26.
Physics Prelude.Orbits in the Solar System.Orbits Outside the Solar System.Special Relativity.Particles and Forces.Stars.Radiation Processes.Cosmology.Part 1: The Solar System.1. Celestial Mechanics and the Solar System.2. The Solar System in Perspective.3. The Dynamics of the Earth.4. The Earth - Moon System.5. The Terrestrial Planets: Mercury, Venus, and Mars.6. The Jovian Planets.7. Small Bodies and the Origin of the Solar System.Part 2: The Stars.8. Electromagnetic Radiation and Matter.9. Telescopes and Detectors.10. The Sun: A Model Star.11. Stars: Distances and Magnitudes.12. Stars: Binary Systems.13. Stars: The Hertzsprung - Russell Diagram.Part 3: The Milky Way Galaxy.14. Our Galaxy: A Preview.15. The Interstellar Medium and Star Birth.16. The Evolution of Stars.17. Star Deaths.18. Variable and Violent Stars.19. Galactic Rotation: Stellar Motions.20. The Evolution of Our Galaxy.Part 4: The Universe.21. Galaxies Beyond the Milky Way.22. Hubble''''s Law and The Distance Scale.23. Large-Scale Structure in the Universe.24. Active Galaxies and Quasars.25. Cosmology: The Big Bang and Beyond.26. The New Cosmology.Hale-Bopp Comet Update.Appendices.Glossary.