Stars, Planets, and Their Patterns

Author: Thomas K. Adamson

Publisher: Capstone

ISBN: 1666355046

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 25

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What are stars? What are planets? Why are some brighter than others? And which planets can we see from Earth? Learn the answers to these questions and more in this easy-to-read title and discover the science behind stars, planets, and their patterns.

Comets, Stars, Planets

Author: Nigel Henbest

Publisher: Bookthrift Company

ISBN: 9780671076078

Category: Science

Page: 102

View: 9212

Traces the history of Halley's comet, describes the physical characteristics of comets, and briefly summarizes what we know about the stars and planets

Planets Beyond

Author: Mark Littmann

Publisher: Courier Corporation

ISBN: 9780486436029

Category: Science

Page: 346

View: 7693

This book serves as a fascinating progress report on the outer solar system, offering a way to better appreciate the newest findings. It unlocks some of the mysteries surrounding Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto — from the drama of their discoveries to the startling results of Voyager 2’s historic 1989 encounter with Neptune.

How to Find a Habitable Planet

Author: James F. Kasting

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 0691156271

Category: Science

Page: 346

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The amazing science behind the search for Earth-like planets Ever since Carl Sagan first predicted that extraterrestrial civilizations must number in the millions, the search for life on other planets has gripped our imagination. Is Earth so rare that advanced life forms like us—or even the simplest biological organisms—are unique to the universe? How to Find a Habitable Planet describes how scientists are testing Sagan's prediction, and demonstrates why Earth may not be so rare after all. James Kasting has worked closely with NASA in its mission to detect habitable worlds outside our solar system, and in this book he introduces readers to the advanced methodologies being used in this extraordinary quest. He addresses the compelling questions that planetary scientists grapple with today: What exactly makes a planet habitable? What are the signatures of life astronomers should look for when they scan the heavens for habitable worlds? In providing answers, Kasting explains why Earth has remained habitable despite a substantial rise in solar luminosity over time, and why our neighbors, Venus and Mars, haven't. If other Earth-sized planets endowed with enough water and carbon are out there, he argues, chances are good that some of those planets sustain life. Kasting describes the efforts under way to find them, and predicts that future discoveries will profoundly alter our view of the universe and our place in it. This book is a must-read for anyone who has ever dreamed of finding other planets like ours—and perhaps even life like ours—in the cosmos. In a new afterword, Kasting presents some recent breakthroughs in the search for exoplanets and discusses the challenges facing space programs in the near future.

The Privileged Planet

Author: Guillermo Gonzalez,Jay Wesley Richards

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1596987073

Category: Science

Page: 464

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Earth. The Final Frontier Contrary to popular belief, Earth is not an insignificant blip on the universe’s radar. Our world proves anything but average in Guillermo Gonzalez and Jay W. Richards’ The Privileged Planet: How Our Place in the Cosmos Is Designed for Discovery. But what exactly does Earth bring to the table? How does it prove its worth among numerous planets and constellations in the vastness of the Milky Way? In The Privileged Planet, you’ll learn about the world’s: life-sustaining capabilities water and its miraculous makeup protection by the planetary giants And how our planet came into existence in the first place.

Star Gods of the Maya

Author: Susan Milbrath

Publisher: University of Texas Press

ISBN: 0292752261

Category: Social Science

Page: 383

View: 3132

Observations of the sun, moon, planets, and stars played a central role in ancient Maya lifeways, as they do today among contemporary Maya who maintain the traditional ways. This pathfinding book reconstructs ancient Maya astronomy and cosmology through the astronomical information encoded in Precolumbian Maya art and confirmed by the current practices of living Maya peoples. Susan Milbrath opens the book with a discussion of modern Maya beliefs about astronomy, along with essential information on naked-eye observation. She devotes subsequent chapters to Precolumbian astronomical imagery, which she traces back through time, starting from the Colonial and Postclassic eras. She delves into many aspects of the Maya astronomical images, including the major astronomical gods and their associated glyphs, astronomical almanacs in the Maya codices [painted books], and changes in the imagery of the heavens over time. This investigation yields new data and a new synthesis of information about the specific astronomical events and cycles recorded in Maya art and architecture. Indeed, it constitutes the first major study of the relationship between art and astronomy in ancient Maya culture.

The Fullness of Space

Author: Gareth Wynn-Williams

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521426381

Category: Science

Page: 222

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Describes the origins and characteristics of interstellar matter, its effects on astronomical observation, and its role in creating stars and planets

Planetary Sciences

Author: Imke de Pater,Jack J. Lissauer

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1316195694

Category: Science

Page: N.A

View: 6187

An authoritative introduction for graduate students in the physical sciences, this award-winning textbook explains the wide variety of physical, chemical, and geological processes that govern the motions and properties of planets. This updated second edition has been revised and improved while maintaining its existing structure and organization. Many data tables and plots have been updated to account for the latest measurements. A new Appendix focuses on recent discoveries since the second edition was first published. These include results from Cassini, Kepler, MESSENGER, MRO, LRO, Dawn at Vesta, Curiosity, and others, as well as many ground-based observatories. With over 300 exercises to help students apply the concepts covered, this textbook is ideal for graduate courses in astronomy, planetary science and earth science, and well suited as a reference for researchers. Color versions of many figures, movie clips supplementing the text, and other resources are available at