Universe: The Solar System
Fifth Edition   ©2013

Universe: The Solar System

Roger Freedman (University of California, Santa Barbara) , Robert Geller (University of California, Santa Barbara) , William J. Kaufmann (late of San Diego State University)

  • ISBN-10: 1-319-04246-5; ISBN-13: 978-1-319-04246-2; Format: Paper Text, 576 pages

I Introducing Astronomy
1 Astronomy and the Universe
Guest Essay Why Astronomy? Sandra M. Faber
2 Knowing the Heavens
Guest Essay Why Astrology Is Not Science James Randi
3 Eclipses and the Motion of the Moon
Guest Essay Archaeoastronomy and Ethnoastronomy Mark Hollabaugh
4 Gravitation and the Waltz of the Planets
5 The Nature of Light
6 Optics and Telescopes

II Planets and Moons
7 Comparative Planetology I: Our Solar System
8 Comparative Planetology II: The Origin of the Solar System
9 The Living Earth
10 Our Barren Moon
11 Mercury, Venus, and Mars: Earthlike yet Unique
Scientific American Article: Reading the Red Planet John P. Grotzinger and Ashwin Vasavada
12 Jupiter and Saturn: Lords of the Planets
13 Jupiter and Saturn’s Satellites of Fire and Ice
14 Uranus, Neptune, Pluto, and the Kuiper Belt: Remote Worlds
15 Vagabonds of the Solar System
Guest Essay Pluto and the Kuiper Belt Scott Sheppard

III Stars and Stellar Evolution
16 Our Star, the Sun
27 The Search for Extraterrestrial Life
Guest Essay A Biologist’s View of Astrobiology Kevin W. Plaxco