This title offers the fast and painless way to grasp the fundamentals of basic astronomy ...without formal training. Want to master astronomy or aerospace engineering but are intimidated by the complex formulas and equations? Tried other self-teaching guides but were turned off by the dry, complicated presentation? Problem solved! "Astronomy Demystified" is a totally different, very entertaining, and amazingly effective way to learn the mathematics, fundamentals, and general concepts of astronomy.With "Astronomy Demystified", you ease into the subject one simple step at a time - at your own speed. Unlike most other books on the topic, general concepts are presented first - and the details follow. In order to make the learning process as clear and simple as possible, heavy-duty math, formulas, and equations are kept at a minimum.
This unique, self-teaching text offers: questions at the end of every chapter and section to reinforce learning and pinpoint your weaknesses; a 100-question final exam for self-assessment; tips on how to get the most out of observational tools such as binoculars and telescopes; discussion of the special problems associated with observing the sky at "invisible wavelengths"; and, an easy way to understand the math involved in astronomy. Simple enough for a beginner but comprehensive enough for an advanced student, "Astronomy Demystified" is your short cut to understanding the heavens.
Stan Gibilisco is one of McGraw-Hill's most diverse and best-selling authors. Known for his clear, user-friendly, and entertaining writing style, Mr. Gibilisco's depth of knowledge and ease of presentation make him an excellent choice for a book such as Astronomy Demystified. His previous titles for McGraw-Hill include: The TAB Encyclopedia of Electronics for Technicians and Hobbyists, Teach Yourself Electricity and Electronics, and the Illustrated Dictionary of Electronics. Booklist named his book, The McGraw-Hill Encyclopedia of Personal Computing, one of the Best References of 1996.
Preface Acknowledgments PART ONE: THE SKY Chapter 1: Coordinating the Heavens Chapter 2: Stars Constellations Chapter 3: The Sky "Down Under" Chapter 4: The Moon and the Sun Test: Part One PART TWO: THE PLANETS Chapter 5: Mercury and Venus Chapter 6: Mars Chapter 7: The Outer Planets Chapter 8: An Extraterrestrial Visitor's Analysis of Earth Test: Part Two PART THREE: SOLAR SYSTEM DYNAMICS Chapter 9: Evolution of the Solar System Chapter 10: Major Moons of the Outer Planets Chapter 11: Comets, Asteroids, and Meteors Chapter 12: The Search for Extraterrestrial Life Test: Part Three PART FOUR: BEYOND OUR SOLAR SYSTEM Chapter 13: Stars and Nebulae Chapter 14: Extreme Objects in Our Galaxy Chapter 15: Galaxies and Quasars Chapter 16: Special and General Relativity Test: Part Four PART FIVE: SPACE OBSERVATION AND TRAVEL Chapter 17: Optics and Telescopes Chapter 18: Observing the Invisible Chapter 19: Traveling and Living in Space Chapter 20: Your Home Observatory Test: Part Five Final Exam Answers to Quiz, Test, and Exam Questions Suggested Additional Reading and Reference Index