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Introduction 1. The Milky Way - our galaxy 2. Normal galaxies 3. Active galaxies 4. The spatial distribution of galaxies 5. Introducing cosmology - the science of the Universe 6. Big Bang cosmology - the Evolving Universe 7. Observational cosmology - measuring the Universe 8. Questioning cosmology - outstanding problems about the Universe Answers and comments Appendix. Useful quantities and units Glossary Acknowledgements Index.