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By Michael A. Seeds, Dana Backman

With their best-selling astronomy textbook, ASTRONOMY: THE sun approach AND past , authors Mike Seeds and Dana Backman assist you comprehend your home within the universe-not simply your place in house, yet your position within the unfolding historical past of the actual universe. to accomplish this target, the authors concentrate on critical questions: "What Are We?," which highlights your home as a planet dweller in an evolving universe, guiding you to higher comprehend the place we got here from and the way we shaped, and "How can we Know?," which supplies insights into how the method of technology can educate us extra approximately what we're. every one new replica of the textual content contains entry to digital Astronomy Labs, an internet, interactive method that you can discover astronomy out of your personal desktop.

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The gods watch over us from their remote and powerful thrones among the stars. Our days are filled with necessary trivia, but astronomy enriches our lives by fitting us into the continuity of life on Earth. As you rush to an evening meeting, a glance at the sky will remind you that the sky carries our human heritage. Jesus, Moses, and Muhammad saw the same stars that you see. Aristotle watched the stars of Hercules rise in the east and set in the west just as you do. Astronomy helps us understand what we are by linking us to the past of human experience on this planet.

Some Mercury’s orbit is so small that it can never get farther than 28° from the sun. Consequently, it is hard to see against the sun’s glare and is often hidden in the clouds and haze near the horizon. By tradition, any planet visible in the evening sky is called an evening star, even though planets are not stars. Similarly, any planet visible in the sky shortly before sunrise is called a morning star. 7. As Venus moves around its orbit, it can dominate the western sky each evening for many weeks, but eventually its orbit carries it back toward the sun, and it is lost in the haze near the horizon.

The argument included a description of his careful observations and the ingenious experiments he had conducted to test his theory. He also considered other evidence and other theories for ant communication. Scientists can include any evidence or theory that supports their claim, but they must observe one fundamental rule of science: They must be totally honest — they must include all of the evidence and all of the theories. Scientists publish their work in scientific arguments, but they also think in scientific arguments.

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