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The Cosmos
Astronomy in the New Millennium

5th Edition

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  • Publication planned for: June 2019
  • availability: Not yet published - available from June 2019
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781108431385

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  • The fifth edition of The Cosmos: Astronomy in the New Millennium provides you with the fundamentals of astronomical knowledge that have been built up over decades, with an expanded discussion of the incredible advances that are now taking place in this fast-paced field, such as New Horizons' flyby of Pluto, exoplanets, 'dark matter', and the direct detection of gravitational waves by the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO). Written in a clear and easily understandable style, this textbook has been thoroughly revised to include updated data and figures, new images from recent space missions and telescopes, the latest discoveries on supernovae, and new observations of the region around the four-million-solar-mass black hole at the center of our Milky Way Galaxy. A rich array of teaching and learning resources is available at The website is regularly updated to include the latest discoveries and photographs in the field.

    • Discussions of recent discoveries - such as New Horizons' flyby of Pluto, exoplanets, 'dark matter', and the direct detection of gravitational waves by the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) - engage students by offering real-life context to the fundamental scientific background
    • Clearly written, this textbook is suitable for a one-semester course and assumes no specific background knowledge - math is boxed and easily read around
    • Includes many pedagogical features, such as chapter introductions and summaries, various kind of boxes ('Star party', 'Figure it out', 'Lives in science' and 'A closer look'), and highlighted keywords, as well as a glossary and appendices at the end of the book for additional coverage on planets, stars, constellations, and nonstellar objects
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    Reviews & endorsements

    'The Cosmos: Astronomy in the New Millennium, 5th edition, is simply the best-written, introductory astronomy textbook on the market. The instructor will use all of this book. It is comprehensive but brief enough that students’ can be reasonably expected to read the entire text in the course of a semester.' Thomas Hockey, University of Northern Iowa

    'This book has been the cornerstone of my introductory astronomy teaching at Northwestern since 2004. The text is expertly written in an easy-to-understand manner with many helpful diagrams and beautiful images throughout. This latest edition is a real tour de force with thoroughly updated discussions of cutting-edge research topics ranging from exoplanets to gravitational waves.' David M. Meyer, Northwestern University, Illinois

    'The authors strike a right balance between qualitative and quantitative aspects of astronomy which is required for students interested to learn the subject for the first time. This book contains material that is useful for both beginner and advanced students of astronomy.' Chinmoy Bhattacharjee, Rutgers University, New Jersey

    'By leading with fundamental physics - light, energy and matter - Pasachoff and Filippenko efficiently set the stage for their modern and thorough coverage of astrophysical concepts and discoveries all the way to present issues in cosmology.' Brian R. Hill, Saint Mary's College of California

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    Product details

    • Edition: 5th Edition
    • Publication planned for: June 2019
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781108431385
    • copublisher:
    • dimensions: 276 x 219 mm
    • contains: 409 b/w illus. 739 colour illus. 5 maps
    • availability: Not yet published - available from June 2019
  • Table of Contents

    About the authors
    1. A grand tour of the heavens
    2. Light, matter, and energy: powering the Universe
    3. Light and telescopes: extending our senses
    4. Observing the stars and planets: clockwork of the Universe
    5. Gravitation and motion: the early history of astronomy
    6. The terrestrial planets: Earth, Moon, and their relatives
    7. The Jovian planets: windswept giants
    8. Pluto, comets, and space debris
    9. Our Solar System and others
    10. Our star: the Sun
    11. Stars: distant suns
    12. How the stars shine: cosmic furnaces
    13. The death of stars: recycling
    14. Black holes: the end of space and time
    15. The Milky Way: our home in the Universe
    16. A universe of galaxies
    17. Quasars and active galaxies
    18. Cosmology: the birth and life of the cosmos
    19. In the beginning
    20. Life in the Universe
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  • Authors

    Jay M. Pasachoff, Williams College, Massachusetts

    Alex Filippenko, University of California, Berkeley

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