Combining both the theory behind astronomy with the very latest developments, Introduction to Astronomy and Cosmology is an accessible and carefully structured introduction to this dynamic subject. Taking a carefully developed scientific approach, every major concept is accompanied by a worked example and numerous problems, ranging from simple to more stretching. Beautifully illustrated in full color throughout and accompanied by a supplementary website and end of chapter problems, this textbook will help elucidate the popular topic for physics and astronomy undergraduate science students taking a first course in astronomy.
From the contents Preface. Biography. Chapter 1. Astronomy, an Observational Science. Chapter 2. Our Solar System 1 - The Sun. Chapter 3. Our Solar System 2 - The Planets. Chapter 4. Extra-solar Planets. Chapter 5. Observing the Universe. Chapter 6. The Properties of Stars. Chapter 7. Stellar Evolution - The Life and Death of Stars. Chapter 8. Galaxies and the Large Scale Structure of the Universe. Chapter 9. Cosmology - the Origin and Evolution of the Universe.