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Welcome! This library research guide provides an introduction to library resources related to Astronomy courses.

This guide will assist you in finding books, e-books, scholarly journal articles, streaming videos, websites, and more that will help you research topics in this subject.


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Astronomy is defined as:

      "the study of objects and matter outside the earth's atmosphere and of their physical and chemical properties. Astronomy is the scientific study of the universe as a whole and of objects that exist naturally in space, such as the Moon, planets, stars, and galaxies. The Sun is a rather typical star moving around the center of the Milky Way at a distance of 25,000 light years. This Milky Way, our galaxy, is made of hundreds of millions of stars with vast empty regions and diffuse gas in between all held together by gravity. There are at least another hundred billion galaxies in the observable universe."



Text: "Astronomy." Computer Sciences. Ed. K. Lee Lerner and Brenda Wilmoth Lerner. 2nd ed. Vol. 3: Social Applications. Detroit: Macmillan Reference USA, 2013. 26-29. Gale Virtual Reference Library. Web. 31 May 2016.

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Astronomy is designed to meet the scope and sequence requirements of one- or two-semester introductory astronomy courses. The book begins with relevant scientific fundamentals and progresses through an exploration of the solar system, stars, galaxies, and cosmology. The Astronomy textbook builds student understanding through the use of relevant analogies, clear and non-technical explanations, and rich illustrations.

Introducing Astronomy : A Guide to the Universe

Iain Nicolson takes the reader on a journey from planet Earth to the boundaries of the observable Universe. He explains the nature of stars, planets and galaxies, what makes them shine and how they are born, evolve and eventually die. He explores the origin of the Universe as a whole and considers whether life may exist on other worlds. Copiously illustrated, this book is intended for anyone who is looking for straightforward explanations of what astronomy is all about. It will also serve as an invaluable primer for those who are considering studying the subject more formally.

NASA in PMC Database

NASA is using PMC to permanently preserve and provide easy public access to the peer-reviewed papers resulting from NASA-funded research.



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NASA: Explore Solar System and Beyond

Detailed information about planets, moons, the sun, stars, galaxies, and more from NASA's website.



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This library research guide provides an introduction to library resources related to Physics courses.


CredoReference Topic Page: Solar System

CredoReference Topic Page: Star

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