Understanding the Universe

The Universe

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Understanding the Universe
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Accurate, detailed visual information is all defined in lay language to make it readily accessible to the non-expert. Definitions to scientific terms are given either in the explanation itself, or in the comprehensive glossary.

Table des matières

Table des matières
Understanding the Universe 1
Table of contents 5
The solar system 8
The solar system 9
Comparative table of the planets 11
The Sun 13
How the Sun evolved 15
Solar eclipses 17
Planets and satellites 18
Mercury 20
Venus 21
Earth 22
The origin of Earth 23
The magnetosphere 25
Earth’s atmosphere 27
Geographic coordinates 29
Astronomical coordinates 30
The seasons 31
The Moon 33
Lunar phases 35
Lunar eclipses 36
Mars 37
The asteroids 38
Meteorites 39
Comets 41
Jupiter 43
Saturn 44
Uranus 45
Neptune 46
Dwarf planets 47
The stars 48
The origin of stars 50
Multiple stars 51
Classification of stars 52
Low-mass stars 53
Massive stars 55
Black holes 57
Star clusters 59
The constellations 61
The constellations of the Southern Hemisphere 63
The constellations of the Northern Hemisphere 65
The galaxies 68
The galaxies 69
Classification of the galaxies 70
The Milky Way 71
The Local Group 73
Galactic clusters 74
Active galaxies 75
Structure of the Universe 78
The size of the Universe 79
The Big Bang 81
The Universe expands 83
Cosmic background radiation 84
Astronomical observatories 86
The electromagnetic spectrum 87
Telescopes 89
Astronomical observatories 91
A new generation of telescopes 93
The Hubble Space Telescope 95
Radio telescopes 97
Life elsewhere in the Universe 99
Extrasolar planets 101
Space exploration 104
Surrounding Earth 105
Space probes 107
Exploration of the Moon 109
Exploration of Mars 111
Magellan 114
Pioneer 10 and 11 115
Voyager 116
Galileo 117
Cassini and Huygens 118
Ulysses 119
Exploring mini-planets 120
Glossary 121
Index 123
Photo Credits 126