Neil F. Comins
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Preface Part I Understanding Astronomy Chapter 1 Discovering the Night SkyWHAT IF… Earth’s Axis Lay on the Ecliptic? Chapter 2 Gravitation and the Motion of the Planets 41Chapter 3 Light and Telescopes WHAT IF… Humans Had Infrared-Sensitive Eyes? Chapter 4 Atomic Physics and Spectra
Part II Understanding the Solar System Chapter 5 Formation of the Solar System and Other Planetary Systems Chapter 6 Earth and the MoonWHAT IF… The Moon Didn’t Exist?Chapter 7 The Other Terrestrial Planets Chapter 8 The Outer Planets WHAT IF… We Lived on a Metal-Poor Earth? Chapter 9 Vagabonds of the Solar System Chapter 10 The Sun: Our Extraordinary Ordinary Star
Part III Understanding the Stars Chapter 11 Characterizing StarsChapter 12 The Lives of Stars from Birth Through Middle Age WHAT IF… Earth Orbited a 1.5-M⊙ Sun? Chapter 13 The Deaths of Stars WHAT IF… A Supernova Exploded Near Earth? Chapter 14 Black Holes: Matters of Gravity
Part IV Understanding the Universe Chapter 15 The Milky Way Galaxy Chapter 16 Galaxies 4WHAT IF… The Solar System Were Located Closer to the Center of the Galaxy? Chapter 17 Quasars and OtherChapter 18 Cosmology Chapter 19 AstrobiologyAppendices
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