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ASTRO, 2nd Edition

  • with Printed Access Card (12 Months) for CengageNow
  • Shohini Ghose
  • Vesna Milosevic-Zdjelar
  • L. Arthur Read
  • ISBN-10: 0176650180
  • ISBN-13: 9780176650186
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  • COPYRIGHT: 2016 Published
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About the Product

Created through a "student-tested, faculty-approved" review process, the Second Canadian Edition of ASTRO tells the story of astronomy from a global perspective within a uniquely Canadian context. ASTRO is engaging, accessible, and the first Canadian title developed for the introductory astronomy market. Canadian astronomers and discoveries that have shaped the field are highlighted throughout, making the subject matter more relevant and interesting to Canadian students. Math Reference Cards at the back of the book summarize key concepts and their associated formulae.


  • Students will be engaged by ASTRO’s attention to the role Canada has played in global efforts in astronomical research and exploration, including innovations such as the Sudbury Neutrino Observatory, the Canadarm, and the MOST telescope. At the same time, the importance of international co-operation is stressed—for example, in discussions of Canadian contributions to international space missions and the development of VLBI (Very Long Baseline Interferometry) telescopes.

  • Profiles of famous Canadian astronomers appear throughout the text, including Jim Peebles, Wendy Freedman, Ray Jayawardhana, and Jaymie Matthews.

  • 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.

  • CengageNOW™ 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, CengageNOW 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. CengageNow comes with every new purchase of this book.

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.

Table of Contents

Part One - 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 Two - 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 Death of Stars

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

Part Four - The Solar System
Chapter 12: The Origin of the Solar System
Chapter 13: Comparative Planetology of the Terrestrial Planets
Chapter 14: The Outer Solar System

Part Five - Life
Chapter 15: Life on Other Worlds

New to this edition

  • Increased coverage of exoplanets.
  • New "Guidepost" chapter openers that set the stage for the key concepts covered in each chapter.
  • Enhanced visuals program, including "Visualizing Astronomy," a 2-page spread that draws together important themes and concepts covered in each chapter.
  • "The Big Picture" features, found at the end of each chapter, place the chapter contents within a larger perspective.
  • CNow with MindTap Reader provides a focused, interactive, online learning environment, where students are given pre- and post-tests to test knowledge and tutorials and learning modules to address gaps in understanding.
  • Enhanced treatment of math with Math Reference Cards at the back of the book.


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

Instructor Supplements

Online Instructor Resources for ASTRO, Second Canadian Edition  (ISBN-10: 0176706186 | ISBN-13: 9780176706180)