Astronomy Help and Reviews

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    Coordinating the Heavens Help

    Coordinating the Heavens What do you suppose prehistoric people thought about the sky? Why does the Sun move differently from the Moon? Why do the stars move in yet another way? Why do star patterns change with the ...

    Source: McGraw-Hill Professional
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    Sky Maps Help

    Introduction to Stars and Constellations—Illusions and Myths We may never know exactly what the common people of ancient times believed about the stars. We can read the translations of the works of the scribes, ...

    Source: McGraw-Hill Professional
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    Southern Coordinates Help

    Introduction to the Sky "Down Under" Suppose that you live in Charleston, South Carolina. Imagine that you go to bed, and in the morning, you awaken in Sydney, Australia, and do not know that you have been ...

    Source: McGraw-Hill Professional
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    The Moon Help

    Introduction to the Moon It has not been easy for humanity to develop consistent theories about what happens in the sky. If there were no Moon, it would have been more difficult. If the telescope had never been ...

    Source: McGraw-Hill Professional
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    Mercury and Venus Help

    Introduction to Mercury and Venus Earth is the third planet in the Solar System. The two closer-in planets are Mercury , named after the Roman messenger god, and Venus , named after the goddess ...

    Source: McGraw-Hill Professional
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    Mars Help

    Introduction to Mars Mars is the fourth known planet in order outward from the Sun, and is in many ways the most Earthlike. Science-fiction writers have used Mars more than any other extraterrestrial place as the ...

    Source: McGraw-Hill Professional
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    Jupiter Help

    Introduction to the Outer Planets—Jupiter Beyond Mars lies a vast gap in the Solar System that is occupied only by a swarm of relatively small rocks. These rocks, more appropriately called planetoids or asteroids , will be discussed later ...

    Source: McGraw-Hill Professional
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    An Extraterrestrial Visitor's Analysis of Earth Help

    An Extraterrestrial Visitor's Analysis of Earth Suppose that you were an extraterrestrial being visiting Earth for the first time. What would you see? How would you interpret your observations? Imagine yourself in the role of the explorer/reporter assigned the ...

    Source: McGraw-Hill Professional
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    Evolution of the Solar System Help

    Introduction to the Evolution of the Solar System On a clear night when the Moon is below the horizon, you get a feeling of great depth as you look at the heavens. Some ancient stargazers surely sensed this depth and decided that space must be a huge ...

    Source: McGraw-Hill Professional
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    Jupiter's Major Moons Help

    Introduction to the Major Moons of the Outer Planets—Jupiter's Moons The so-called outer planets are Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto (although some people debate whether or not Pluto qualifies as a planet). All these planets have moons, some of ...

    Source: McGraw-Hill Professional
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