By Neil deGrasse Tyson, Donald Goldsmith

ISBN-10: 0393345777

ISBN-13: 9780393345773

Publish 12 months note: First released in 2004

"An obtainable and intensely well-written exploration of the deep waters of cosmology, astrophysics, and exobiology."--Kirkus Reviews

Our real origins usually are not simply human, or maybe terrestrial, yet in truth cosmic. Drawing on contemporary clinical breakthroughs and the present cross-pollination between geology, biology, astrophysics, and cosmology, Origins explains the soul-stirring leaps in our figuring out of the cosmos. From the 1st photo of a galaxy start to Spirit Rover's exploration of Mars, to the invention of water on considered one of Jupiter's moons, coauthors Neil deGrasse Tyson and Donald Goldsmith behavior a galvanizing journey of the cosmos with readability and enthusiasm.

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From the southern horizon down to the south celestial pole? Learning to Look 1. Find Sagittarius and Scorpius in the photograph that opens this chapter. 2. The stamp at right shows the constellation Orion. Explain why this looks odd to residents of the northern hemisphere. 3 Cycles of the Sky Enhanced visual image Guidepost In the previous chapter you looked at the sky and saw how its motion is produced by the daily rotation of Earth. In this chapter, you will discover that the sun, moon, and planets move against the background of stars.

Com/astronomy/seeds 1. Why have astronomers added modern constellations to the sky? 2. What is the difference between an asterism and a constellation? Give some examples. 3. What characteristic do stars in a constellation or asterism share? 20 PART 1 | THE SKY 4. Do people from other cultures on Earth see the same stars, constellations, and asterisms that you see? 5. How does the Greek-letter designation of a star give you a clue to its brightness? 6. How did the magnitude system originate in a classification of stars by brightness?

14. Why does the number of circumpolar constellations depend on the latitude of the observer? 15. How could you detect Earth’s precession by examining star charts from ancient Egypt? 16. How Do We Know? How can a scientific model be useful if it isn’t a correct description of nature? Discussion Questions 1. All cultures on Earth named constellations. Why do you suppose this was such a common practice? 2. If you were lost at sea, you could find your approximate latitude by measuring the altitude of Polaris.

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