The Cosmic Perspective delivers an engaging, current introduction to astronomy that is suitable for anyone who is curious about the universe, regardless of prior background in astronomy or physics. Authored by respected teachers and active researchers in the field, this text presents astronomy using a coherent, thematic, narrative that will actively engage you, connect big ideas, and demonstrate the power and process of modern science.
The 10th Edition provides new discussion of the center of the Milky Way Galaxy, recent research on supermassive black holes, and developments in the search for life beyond Earth. This edition also features new images and insights from modern telescopes, including the James Webb Space Telescope.
Hallmark features of this title
The Process of Science is a unifying theme throughout the text, and is explicitly reinforced in each chapter.
A cosmic framework helps students explore our place in the universe and better understand the unique challenges of applying scientific processes to phenomena across local, galactic and cosmic scales.
Comparative planetology helps students understand how each planet is unique as well as how all planets are connected through fundamental cosmic principles.
The Big Picture helps put what students learn into the context of a broader perspective on ourselves, our planet and prospects for life beyond Earth.