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ASTRO, 3rd Edition

  • Shohini Ghose
  • Vesna Milosevic-Zdjelar
  • L. Arthur Read
  • Michael Reid
  • ISBN-10: 0176857052
  • ISBN-13: 9780176857059
  • 0 Pages | Paperback
  • Previous Editions: 2016, 2013
  • COPYRIGHT: 2021 Published
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About the Product

Created with a “student-tested, faculty-approved” approach, ASTRO, Third Canadian Edition is the first and only title that tells the global story of astronomy from a Canadian perspective. Multicultural and interdisciplinary examples range from Inuit, Mesopotamian, Indian, and other non-Western traditions in ancient astronomy to discussions of current developments like CERN, LIGO, and the discovery of Near-Earth Objects. Canadian astronomers and discoveries that have shaped the field are featured throughout, making the subject matter intriguing and more relevant to Canadian students. ASTRO 3CE clearly outlines the important facts and MindTap helps bring them to life.


  • “The Big Picture” features, found at the end of each chapter, place the chapter contents within a larger perspective

  • MindTap with eReader provides a focused, interactive, online learning environment, where students are given pre- and post-test knowledge and tutorials and learning modules to address gaps in understanding

  • Treatment of math with Math Reference Cards at the back of the book

  • Profiles of famous Canadian astronomers appear throughout the text, including Rene Doyon, Sara Seager, Jim Peebles, Wendy Freedman, and Roberta Bondar.

  • An innovative combination of content delivery both in print and online provides a core text and a wealth of comprehensive multimedia teaching and learning assets, all based on input from student focus groups and surveys, and from interviews with faculty and students.

  • MindTap is an online teaching and learning resource organized around the essential activities you perform for your class—lecturing, creating assignments, grading, quizzing, and tracking student progress and performance. For students, MindTap includes access to interactive learning resources that will help them get the most out of your course. These resources include tutorials, videos, animations, games, other multimedia tools, and an integrated e-book as well.

About the Author

Shohini Ghose

Shohini Ghose is an Associate Professor of Physics and Computer Science and Director of the Centre for Women in Science at Wilfrid Laurier University. She is an adjunct Professor at the University of Waterloo, a member of the Guelph-Waterloo Physics Institute, and an affiliate of the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics. She is a theoretical physicist who has made important contributions in the areas of nonlinear dynamics, quantum information, and quantum optics. Shohini has taught physics and astronomy to over 2000 students enrolled in her courses, and has developed innovative online teaching and learning tools for science. Her research and teaching has earned her numerous awards including a WOW (Women of Waterloo) Education award and a prestigious TED Fellowship. Shohini is also passionate about addressing gender issues in science and recently founded the Laurier Centre for Women in Science (WinS). Apart from physics she loves reading, travelling, and cricket (the game, not the insect).

Vesna Milosevic-Zdjelar

Vesna Milosevic-Zdjelar, former astrophysicist from the National Observatory in Belgrade, Serbia, joined The University of Winnipeg's Physics Department in 2000. In Canada, she obtained a degree in science education, and has made important contributions teaching science courses to non-science and life sciences students, and creating community awareness by initiating science outreach programs. Together with two colleagues, she created a course "Concepts in Science" which became the preferred science course choice for education and arts students at the University of Winnipeg, with enrolment increasing tenfold. Vesna's passion for science education has led to numerous presentations at conferences and symposia for university instructors and science teachers. She teaches a broad range of courses including Astronomy, Concepts in Science, Physics for Life Sciences and Physics of Music.

L. Arthur Read

L. Arthur (Art) Read, PhD, is Professor Emeritus at Wilfrid Laurier University (WLU), Waterloo. He received both his BA and MSc. (Physics) from McMaster University, and his PhD (Physics) from University of Waterloo. At WLU, Art taught physics and served in various administrative roles, including Dean of Arts & Science (1983-1999) and Director of the Brantford Development Project, and was subsequently appointed as the first Dean of the Laurier Brantford campus (1999-2001). With a keen interest in education quality and standards development, he also served as curriculum assessor for the Ontario Postsecondary Education Quality Assessment Board. His research interests involved microwave optics and broadband molecular spectroscopy. He has developed and taught a variety of physics courses, including musical acoustics, analog electronics, physics for life sciences, and introductory astronomy. In his retirement, Art is currently teaching two popular online astronomy courses for Laurier and has recently completed the development of two interactive online astronomy courses for provincial use in Ontario.

Michael Reid

Michael Reid is an Associate Professor, Teaching Stream in the Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics at the University of Toronto. He specializes in teaching astronomy to the widest possible cross-section of students, particularly those who aren’t majoring in science. His classes range from 1500-student introductory survey courses to tiny first-year seminars. His most recent project has been developing a hands-on observational astronomy course for third-year students in the humanities. His work has garnered the Early Career and Outstanding Teaching Awards from the University of Toronto. Michael is also the Public Outreach Coordinator for the Dunlap Institute for Astronomy and Astrophysics. He coordinates events and programs to bring the thrill of astronomical discovery to tens of thousands of people every year.

Table of Contents

Part 1: Exploring the Sky
Chapter 1: The Scale of the Cosmos: Space and Time
Chapter 2: User’s Guide to the Sky: Patterns and Cycles
Chapter 3: The Origin of Modern Astronomy
Chapter 4: Astronomical Telescopes and Instruments: Extending Humanity’s Vision

Part 2: The Stars
Chapter 5: The Sun: The Closest Star
Chapter 6: The Family of Stars
Chapter 7: The Structure and Formation of Stars
Chapter 8: The Deaths of Stars

Part 3: Galaxies and Cosmology
Chapter 9: The Milky Way Galaxy
Chapter 10: Galaxies
Chapter 11: Cosmology in the 21st Century

Part 4: The Solar System
Chapter 12: Planet Formation and Exoplanets
Chapter 13: Comparative Planetology of the Terrestrial Planets
Chapter 14: The Outer Solar System

Part 5: Life
Chapter 15: Life on Other Worlds

Appendix A: Units and Astronomical Data
Appendix B: Observing the Sky
Appendix C: Celestial Profiles

New to this edition

  • Visualizing Astronomy two-page spreads take important concepts and break them down into a visually appealing and easily digestible format for students. Topics include everything from the scale of the cosmos to the phases of the moon, to start formation and galaxy classification.
  • New coverage of exoplanets expanded and updated with the latest discoveries and research
  • Gravitational waves more deeply discussed
  • Global Story of Astronomy brought to life
  • New planet discovery methods (I.e. microlensing)
  • MindTap is also available, with 100+ assignable simulation-based tutorial questions


All supplements have been updated in coordination with the Main title.
Please see Main title page for new to this edition information.

Instructor Supplements

MindTap Instant Access (12 Months/Multi Term) for Ghose's ASTRO  (ISBN-10: 0176858059 | ISBN-13: 9780176858056)
MindTap Printed Access Card (12 Months/Multi Term) for Ghose's ASTRO  (ISBN-10: 0176858075 | ISBN-13: 9780176858070)
VitalSource eBook: ASTRO  (ISBN-10: 0176858105 | ISBN-13: 9780176858100)
Nelson Testing, powered by Cognero® Instant Access for Ghose's ASTRO  (ISBN-10: 0176858091 | ISBN-13: 9780176858094)
Online Only Instructor's Resources for Ghose's ASTRO  (ISBN-10: 0176858024 | ISBN-13: 9780176858025)

Student Supplements

MindTap Instant Access (12 Months/Multi Term) for Ghose's ASTRO  (ISBN-10: 0176858059 | ISBN-13: 9780176858056)
MindTap Printed Access Card (12 Months/Multi Term) for Ghose's ASTRO  (ISBN-10: 0176858075 | ISBN-13: 9780176858070)
eBook: ASTRO, Third Edition  (ISBN-10: 0176924647 | ISBN-13: 9780176924645)