SAO Textbooks

Please read the general textbook information. Click on the subject code to view specific textbook information for that Unit:

AST80005 (formerly HET602)
AST80004 (formerly HET603)
AST80006 (formerly HET624)
AST80003 (formerly HET625)
AST80018 (formerly HET606)
AST80008 (formerly HET607)
AST80002 (formerly HET609)
AST80017 (formerly HET610)
AST80016 (formerly HET611)
AST80012 (formerly HET612)
AST80013 (formerly HET615)
AST80011 (formerly HET617)
AST80001 (formerly HET618)
AST80014 (formerly HET619)
AST80015 (formerly HET620)


General Textbook Information

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Below we will list both the required textbooks for each unit, plus some additional recommended reading. Note that the textbooks are required, while the recommended reading are optional references for further reading and are not required.


AST80005(formerly HET602) Exploring the Solar System

Required Textbook:

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Recommended Reading:

Optional reference for further reading:

  • An Introduction to the Solar System 2nd Edition, Edited by: David A. Rothery, Neil McBride, Iain Gilmour 2011, (Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press), ISBN: 9781107600928 (pb)

    An Introduction to the Solar System is an excellent and very readable reference on our current state of knowledge of and theories about the Solar System.


AST80004(formerly HET603) Exploring Stars and the Milky Way

Required Textbook:

The textbook is:

Recommended Reading:

Optional reference for further reading:

  • Minding the Heavens, Leila Belkora, 2003 (London, UK: Institute of Physics Publishing), ISBN 0750307307 (pb).

    Belkora's book is a useful reference for students who want more detailed information about the astronomers and scientists (Wright, Herschel, Struve, Huggins, Kapteyn, Shapley and Hubble) who first mapped the stellar content of our Galaxy and estimated the scale of the Galaxy, ending with the discovery of external galaxies by Hubble and others.


AST80006(formerly HET624) Galaxies and Their Place in the Universe

Required Textbook:

The textbook is:

Recommended Reading:

Optional reference for further reading:

  • Galaxies in the Universe - An Introduction, Sparke & Gallagher, 2nd edition, 2007 (Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press), ISBN-13: 9780521855938 (hc), ISBN-13: 9780521671866 (pb).

    Sparke & Gallagher is a useful reference for students who want to delve more deeply into both the physics and mathematics of galactic astronomy than the course material covers (and note that there is quite a bit of maths in this book). It is optional however, as the HET624 course material plus resource material on the internet are sufficient to cover the required course material for this unit.

Complementary Resource:

Optional reference for further reading:

  • The Multiwavelength Atlas of Galaxies, Mackie, 2011 (Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press), ISBN-10: 0521620627, ISBN-13: 978-0521620628.

    Reprinted with permission from Cambridge University Press we provide an excerpt of chapter 2 "Observing the Electromagnetic Spectrum" that also includes additional material that eventually became Appendix A in the published text, "The Multiwavelength Atlas of Galaxies". This chapter describes the various origins of radiation emitted by galaxies and presents some important galaxy research topics.


AST80003(formerly HET625) Cosmology and the Large-scale Structure of the Universe

Required Textbook:

The textbook is:

  • Introduction to Cosmology, Barbara Ryden, 2002 (Benjamin Cummings), ISBN: 9780805389128.

    We strongly recommend that participants in this unit obtain a copy of this text. Ryden provides a solid foundation of the core physics involved in cosmology as well as an overview of recent astronomical observations. This book does contain equations, so don't panic!

Recommended Reading:

Optional reference for further reading:

  • An Introduction to Modern Cosmology, Andrew Liddle, 2003, 2nd edition (Wiley), ISBN: 9780470848357 (pb).
  • Liddle's book concerntrates on the physics rather than mathematics and has worked examples and problem sets.


AST80018 (formerly HET606) Tools of Modern Astronomy

Required Textbook:

The textbook is:

  • Observational Astronomy, Birney, D. S., Gonzalez, G. and Oesper, D., 2nd edition, 2006 (Cambridge University Press), ISBN 0521853702.

    We recommend that participants in this unit obtain a copy of this text. It provides a thorough introduction to observational astronomy. While the text specifically focuses on optical telescopes, it discusses observational techniques across a range of wavelengths. Links to appropriate websites for other parts of the electromagnetic spectrum will also be provided.

    Some of the early sections of the course will include reading from the Universe textbook, which is the required text for AST80005, AST80004 and AST80006.


AST80008(formerly HET607) History of Astronomy

Required Textbook:

The textbook is:

Recommended Reading:

Optional reference for further reading:

  • Minding the Heavens, Leila Belkora, 2003, (London, UK: Institute of Physics Publishing), ISBN 0750307307 (pb).
  • The Cambridge Concise History Of Astronomy, editor Hoskin, M., 1999 (Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press), ISBN 0521572916 (hc), 0521576008 (pb)
  • Belkora's book is a useful reference for students who want more detailed information about the astronomers and scientists (Wright, Herschel, Struve, Huggins, Kapteyn, Shapley and Hubble) who first mapped the stellar content of our Galaxy and estimated the scale of the Galaxy, ending with the discovery of external galaxies by Hubble and others.


AST80002(formerly HET609) Astrophotography and CCD Imaging

Required Textbook:

The textbooks are:

  • Digital SLR Astrophotography, Covington, M., 2007, (Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press), ISBN 9780521700818 (pb).

  • Handbook of CCD Astronomy, Howell, S., 2nd edition, 2006, (Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press), ISBN 9780521617628.

    We strongly recommend that participants in this unit obtain a copy of both of these texts unless they are already familiar with much of the subject matter and own broadly equivalent books. These two textbooks are somewhat expensive, but cover the course material well.


AST80017(formerly HET610) Studies in Space Exploration

Required Textbook:

The textbook is:

  • Understanding Space: An Introduction to Astronautics, Sellers, J., 3rd edition, 2007 (New York: McGraw-Hill), ISBN 0077230302.

      NOTE: There is also a 2003 revised second edition (ISBN 0072943645). Either version is fine.

    We strongly recommend that participants in this unit obtain a copy of this text. It covers the basics of astronautics well. Parts of the unit that are not covered by this textbook will use NASA & other website material as a prime reference.

Recommended Reading:

Optional reference for further reading:

  • Into the Final Frontier - the Human Exploration of Space, McNamara, B., 2001, (Harcourt College Publishers Philadelphia), ISBN 003032016X.

    McNamara's book includes a discussion on the early history of rocketry, the USSR-USA space race, and covers individual space missions in a detail.

Note:

This Unit's textbook reading also uses the text

  • Universe, Freedman, Geller & Kaufmann, 9th edition, 2010 (New York: W.H. Freeman & Co.). (8th edition is fine)
  • from its prerequisite Unit.


AST80016(formerly HET611) Stellar Astrophysics

Required Textbook:

The textbook is:

  • Introduction to Modern Stellar Astrophysics, Ostlie, D. A. & Carroll, B. W., 2nd edition, 2006/2007.

    There are a number of publications of this 2nd edition text including:

    Addison Wesley; 2 edition (18 July 2006) ISBN-10: 0805303480 ISBN-13: 978-0805303483

    Benjamin Cummings; 2 edition (July 28, 2006) ISBN-10: 0805303480 ISBN-13: 978-0805303483

    Pearson Addison-Wesley, 2007 Digitized 6 Apr 2011 ISBN 0805303480, 9780805303483

    We strongly recommend that participants in this unit obtain a copy of this text. While it goes into more detail that the course material in sections and can be quite mathematical in parts, it is an excellent graduate level text and compliments the course material well.

    You can also use the textbook Introduction to Modern Astrophysics, by Carroll & Ostlie, 2nd edition, 2006/2007, as sections I and II are the same as the Introduction to Modern Stellar Astrophysics book.


AST80012(formerly HET612) Major Project - History of Astronomy

There is no required textbook for this unit.

Recommended Reading:

However the following optional references can be useful:

  • The Cambridge Concise History Of Astronomy, Hoskin, M. (ed.), 1999, (Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press), ISBN 0521572916 (hc), 0521576008 (pb).
  • Cosmos: An Illustrated History of Astronomy and Cosmology, North, J., 2008 (University of Chicago Press), ISBN: 9780226594415
  • These are the same textbooks that are used in AST80008, a prerequisite for this Unit.


AST80013(formerly HET615) Major Project - Observational Astronomy

There is no required textbook for this unit.

Recommended Reading:

However the following optional references can be useful:

  • Digital SLR Astrophotography, Covington, M., 2007, (Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press), ISBN 9780521700818 (pb).

  • Handbook of CCD Astronomy, Howell, S., 2006 2nd edition, (Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press), ISBN 9780521617628.
  • These two books are the same textbooks that are used in AST80002, a prerequisite for this Unit.


AST80011(formerly HET617) Major Project - Computational Astrophysics

There is no required textbook for this Unit. Depending on which project you choose, relevant websites and scientific papers (all available online) will be provided.


AST80001(formerly HET618) Astrobiology and the Origins of Life

Required Textbook:

The textbook is:

  • An Introduction to Astrobiology, Rothery, D.A., Gilmour, I. and Sephton, M.A., 2011, 2nd edition (Cambridge University Press), ISBN 9781107600935 (pb).

    We strongly recommend that participants in HET618 obtain a copy of this text.

Recommended Reading:

  • Astrobiology - A Multidisciplinary Approach, Lunine, J.I., 2004, (Addison-Wesley), ISBN 0805380426 (pb).

    A nice introduction to the multidisciplinary nature of astrobiology. Goes into a lot of detail, but have great introductory chapters on physics, chemistry and biology.

  • Life's Solution: Inevitable Humans in a Lonely Universe, Conway Morris, S, 2005, (Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press), ISBN 9780521603256 (pb).

    Is the path to intelligent life inevitable on Earth, or is evolution random? Hence, the larger questions also arise - If intelligent life is inevitable where are our "cousins" in our Galaxy? And if we are alone what does this tell us about our Earth?


AST80014(formerly HET619) Major Project - Astronomy & Astrophysics

There is no required textbook for this Unit. Reading materials will be relevant to the research topic.


AST80015(formerly HET620) Planetary Science

Required Textbook:

The textbook is:

  • Planetary Sciences, Imke de Pater and Jack J. Lissauer, 2nd edition, 2010 (Cambridge University Press), ISBN-13: 9780521853712, ISBN-10: 0521853710

Recommended Reading:

  • Solar System Evolution: A New Perspective, Stuart Ross Taylor, 2nd edition, 2001 (Cambridge University Press), ISBN-10: 0521675669 (pb), ISBN-13: 9780521675666
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