Discovering Astronomy: Stars, Galaxies & Universes eBook Only

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Authors: S. Shawl, G. Byrd, S Deustua, M. Lopresto

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Discovering Astronomy: Stars, Galaxies, and Universes includes the chapters on the nature of science, the view of the night sky and how it changes daily/annually, Kepler/Newton/Galileo’s contributions, light and spectroscopy, telescopes, properties and evolution of stars, properties and evolution of galaxies (including the Milky Way), and cosmology.


Stephen Shawl is professor emeritus at the University of Kansas. His research interests are polarization of light from cool variable stars, and fundamental properties of globular clusters. For many years he was involved with the AAS education efforts.

Gene Byrd is professor emeritus at the University of Alabama. Research interests are the dynamics of galaxies, dark matter and cosmology. He has authored numerous astronomy books for various audiences.

Susana Deustua is at the Space Telescope Science Institute where she works on photometric calibration of Hubble telescope instruments. Her research interests are broad and included being a member of the Lawrence Berkeley lab’s Supernova Cosmology Project. Previously, she was the Education Officer for the American Astronomical Society.

Michael LoPresto teaches at Henry Ford College. He has been active in astronomy education for many years and has numerous publications and presentations about astronomy education and public outreach. He has been very active with AAPT.