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Acknowledgements Preface 1. How we became astronomers 2. Finding your way about the stars 3. Optical telescopes 4. The electromagnetic spectrum 5. The dynamics of the solar system 6. The Moon 7. The Earth 8. The planets and their satellites 9. Atmospheres and climates of the planets 10. Comets 11. Meteors, micrometeorites and meteorites 12. The Sun 13. The birth, life and death of a star 14. Binaries and cluster 15. Variables and novae 16. Supernovae and pulsars 17. The Milky Way - our Galaxy 18. The galaxies 19. Radio galaxies and quasars 20. Cosmology 21. The origin of life Glossary Useful addresses Picture credits Index.