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1. A Grand Tour of the Heavens

2. Light, Matter, and Energy: Powering the Universe

3. Light and Telescopes: Extending Our Senses

4. Observing the Stars and Planets: Clockwork of the Universe

5. Gravitation and Motion: The Early History of Astronomy

6. The Terrestrial Planets: Earth, Moon, and Their Relatives

7. The Jovian Planets: Windswept Giants

8. Pluto, Comets, and Space Debris

9. Our Solar System and Others

10. Our Star: The Sun

11. Stars: Distant Suns

12. How the Stars Shine: Cosmic Furnaces

13. The Death of Stars: Recycling

14. Black Holes: The End of Space and Time

15. The Milky Way: Our Home in the Universe

16. A Universe of Galaxies

17. Quasars and Active Galaxies

18. Cosmology: The Birth and Life of the Cosmos

19. In the Beginning

20. Life in the Universe


Appendix 1. Measurement Systems

Appendix 2. Basic Constants

Appendix 3. Planets and Dwarf Planets

Appendix 4. The Brightest Stars

Appendix 5. The Nearest Stars

Appendix 6. The Messier Catalogue

Appendix 7. The Constellations

Selected Readings



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