ASTRO (High School Edition)

  • AUTHORS: Michael A. Seeds; Dana Backman
  • ISBN-13: 9781133591030 
  • Grade(s): 9 | 10 | 11 | 12
  • 392 Pages  Hardcover 
  • 1st Edition
  • ©2013     Published
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About The Product

Created through a "student-tested, faculty-approved" review process, ASTRO is an engaging and accessible solution to accommodate the diverse lifestyles of today's learners at a value-based price. ASTRO employs the same engaging writing style and logical conceptual presentation that has become a hallmark of Mike Seeds and Dana Backman's introductory astronomy texts. Accompanying ASTRO is a full supplemental package, including an Instructor's Manual available online or on the PowerLecture CD. Also included on the PowerLecture CD are PowerPoint presentations, and a Test Bank available in the easy-to-use and versatile ExamView format. With these lecture planning aids, ASTRO is as accommodating to instructors as it is to students.


  • An innovative combination of content delivery both in print and online provides a core text and a wealth of comprehensive multimedia teaching and learning assets based on input from student focus groups and surveys, and from interviews with faculty and students.
  • Shorter, comprehensive chapters in a modern design present content in a more engaging and accessible format without minimizing coverage for your course.
  • Chapter In Review Cards at the back of the Student Editions provide students a portable study tool containing all of the pertinent information for class preparation.
  • Instructor Prep Cards at the back of the Instructor's Edition make preparation simple with detachable cards for each chapter, offering a quick map of chapter content, a list of corresponding PowerPoint and video resources, additional examples, and suggested assignments and discussion questions to help you organize chapter content efficiently.
  • A full suite of unique learning tools that appeal to different learning styles is available to students with the purchase of a new book. Interactive Quizzes, animations, videos, and interactive and printable flashcards.
  • All of the content and resources you expect with a supplements package that is second to none, including PowerPoint Lecture Outlines, images from the text in JPG and PowerPoint format, online homework through WebAssign, videos, animations, interactive flashcards, online glossary, additional essays only available online, and test bank.
  • This text features Mike Seeds's conversational and student-friendly writing style, which has made him the best-selling author in introductory astronomy. Students and professors find great clarity and accessibility in his presentation of astronomy. Students are able to acquire an understanding of the universe instead of memorizing a set of facts that would quickly be forgotten.

About the Contributor

  • Michael A. Seeds

    Mike Seeds was a professor of physics and astronomy at Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, from 1970 until his retirement in 2001. In 1989 he received F&M College’s Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching. Mike’s love for the history of astronomy led him to create upper-level courses on archaeoastronomy and on the Copernican Revolution (“Changing Concepts of the Universe”). His research interests focused on variable stars and automation of astronomical telescopes. Mike is coauthor with Dana Backman of Horizons: Exploring the Universe, 12th edition (2012); Universe: Solar Systems, Stars, and Galaxies, 7th edition (2012); Stars and Galaxies, 8th edition (2013); The Solar System, 8th edition (2013); and ASTRO, 2nd edition (2013), all published by Cengage. He was senior consultant for creation of the 20-episode telecourse accompanying his book Horizons: Exploring the Universe.

  • Dana Backman

    Dana Backman taught in the physics and astronomy department at Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, from 1991 until 2003. He invented and taught a course titled “Life in the Universe” in F&M’s interdisciplinary Foundations program. Dana now teaches introductory Solar System astronomy at Santa Clara University and introductory astronomy, astrobiology, and cosmology courses in Stanford University’s Continuing Studies Program. His research interests focus on infrared observations of planet formation, models of debris disks around nearby stars, and evolution of the solar system’s Kuiper belt. Dana is employed by the SETI Institute in Mountain View, California, as director of education and public outreach for SOFIA (the Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy) at NASA’s Ames Research Center. Dana is coauthor with Mike Seeds of Horizons: Exploring the Universe, 14th edition (2018); Universe: Solar Systems, Stars, and Galaxies, 7th edition (2012); Stars and Galaxies, 8th edition (2013); The Solar System, 8th edition (2013); and ASTRO, 2nd edition (2013), all published by Cengage.