Astronomy: The Science of the Heavenly Bodies


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The progress of astronomy from age to age has been far from uniform—rather by leaps and bounds: from the earliest epoch when man's planet earth was the center about which the stupendous cosmos wheeled, for whom it was created, and for whose edification it was maintained—down to the modern age whose discoveries have ascertained that even our stellar universe, the vast region of the solar domain, is but one of the thousands of island universes that tenant the inconceivable immensities of space. So rapid, indeed, has been the progress of astronomy in very recent years that the present is especially favorable for setting forth its salient features; and this book is an attempt to present the wide range of astronomy in readable fashion, as if a story with a definite plot, from its origin with the shepherds of ancient Chaldea down to present-day ascertainment of the actual scale of the universe, and definite measures of the huge volume of supersolar giants among the stars. (Preface) - Summary by David Todd (12 hr 7 min)

Chapters

Preface 4:06 Read by CosmicT
Astronomy a Living Science 17:12 Read by Verla Viera
The First Astronomers 6:42 Read by James R. Hedrick
Pyramid, Tomb, and Temple 8:12 Read by James R. Hedrick
Origin of Greek Astronomy 5:11 Read by James R. Hedrick
Measuring the Earth—Eratosthenes 5:49 Read by James R. Hedrick
Ptolemy and His Great Book 7:39 Read by James R. Hedrick
Astronomy of the Middle Ages 9:11 Read by James R. Hedrick
Copernicus and the New Era 5:49 Read by Alan Mapstone
Tycho, the Great Observer 6:33 Read by soji
Kepler, the Great Calculator 10:13 Read by DJRickyV
Galileo, the Great Experimenter 8:09 Read by Alan Mapstone
After the Great Masters 8:04 Read by soji
Newton and Motion 7:54 Read by Alan Mapstone
Newton and Gravitation 12:21 Read by Sadiya Bindir
After Newton 18:14 Read by Sadiya Bindir
Halley and His Comet 13:29 Read by Sadiya Bindir
Bradley and Aberration 6:42 Read by Chris Greaves
The Telescope 16:44 Read by Owlivia
Reflectors—Mirror Telescopes 15:42 Read by Owlivia
The Story of the Spectroscope 27:18 Read by Owlivia
The Story of Astronomical Photography 23:45 Read by Piotr Nater
Mountain Observatories 26:32 Read by Chris Greaves
The Program of a Great Observatory 20:04 Read by jtparsonreads
Our Solar System 5:50 Read by Andrea Kotzer
The Sun and Observing It 21:40 Read by prajak
Sun Spots and Prominences 35:29 Read by prajak
The Inner Planets 7:23 Read by Piotr Nater
The Moon and Her Surface 23:12 Read by Piotr Nater
Eclipses of the Moon 4:48 Read by realisticspeakers
Total Eclipses of the Sun 20:24 Read by realisticspeakers
The Solar Corona 13:29 Read by Jason Humphreys
The Ruddy Planet 22:47 Read by DJRickyV
The Canals of Mars 12:04 Read by Piotr Nater
Life in Other Worlds 23:51 Read by lightcrystal
The Little Planets 11:22 Read by realisticspeakers
The Giant Planet 8:00 Read by realisticspeakers
The Ringed Planet 6:21 Read by Andrea Kotzer
The Farthest Planets 6:30 Read by CosmicT
The Trans-Neptunian Planet 4:35 Read by CosmicT
Comets—the Hairy Stars 12:45 Read by swanninlove
Where Do Comets Come From? 6:36 Read by CosmicT
Meteors and Shooting Stars 13:23 Read by J. M. Smallheer
Meteorites 5:35 Read by J. M. Smallheer
The Universe of Stars 9:45 Read by J. M. Smallheer
Star Charts and Catalogues 6:49 Read by Availle
The Sun's Motion Toward Lyra 6:26 Read by Availle
Stars and Their Spectral Type 8:38 Read by Availle
Star Distances 14:21 Read by Krista Zaleski
The Nearest Stars 2:37 Read by CosmicT
Actual Dimensions of the Stars 6:14 Read by CosmicT
The Variable Stars 12:10 Read by Dollf4c3su
The Novæ, or New Stars 5:39 Read by Krista Zaleski
The Double Stars 2:51 Read by CosmicT
The Star Clusters 9:22 Read by FaithAtUCF
Moving Clusters 6:58 Read by Trek
The Two Star Streams 8:47 Read by FaithAtUCF
The Galaxy or Milky Way 16:57 Read by prajak
Star Clouds and Nebulæ 8:47 Read by Raven Green
The Spiral Nebulæ 11:05 Read by Trek
Cosmogony 22:40 Read by Lector1
Cosmogony in Transition 10:12 Read by Andy Glover