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Foreword 1. Overview of the universe 2. Observing the universe 3. The moving sky 4. Orbits and gravity 5. The earth-moon system 6. Worlds beyond - the planets 7. Wandering fragments: minor members of the solar system 8. The sun - our neighborhood star 9. Stars - basic properties 10. Nebulae and the birth of stars and planets 11. Stellar life cycles 12. Collapsing, exploding and interacting stars 13. The Milky Way and other galaxies 14. Active Galaxies and Quasars 15. Cosmology: beginnings and endings 16. Wider issues Appendices: 1. Units of measurement and physical constants 2. Solar system data 3. The brightest and nearest stars.