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PREFACEWelcome toAstronomy, an OpenStax resource. This textbook was written to increase student access to high-quality learning materials, maintaining highest standards of academic rigor at little to no cost.About OpenStaxOpenStax is a nonprofit based at Rice University, and it’s our mission to improve student access to education.Our first openly licensed college textbook was published in 2012 and our library has since scaled to over20 books for college and AP courses used by hundreds of thousands of students. Our adaptive learningtechnology, designed to improve learning outcomes through personalized educational paths, is being pilotedin college courses throughout the country. Through our partnerships with philanthropic foundations and ouralliance with other educational resource organizations, OpenStax is breaking down the most common barriersto learning and empowering students and instructors to succeed.About OpenStax ResourcesCustomizationAstronomyis licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY) license, which means thatyou can distribute, remix, and build upon the content, as long as you provide attribution to OpenStax and itscontent contributors.Because our books are openly licensed, you are free to use the entire book or pick and choose the sections thatare most relevant to the needs of your course. Feel free to remix the content by assigning your students certainchapters and sections in your syllabus, in the order that you prefer. You can even provide a direct link in yoursyllabus to the sections in the web view of your book.Faculty also have the option of creating a customized version of their OpenStax book through the aerSelectplatform. The custom version can be made available to students in low-cost print or digital form through yourcampus bookstore. Visit your book page on openstax.org for a link to your book on aerSelect.ErrataAll OpenStax textbooks undergo a rigorous review process. However, like any professional-grade textbook,errors sometimes occur. Since our books are web based, we can make updates periodically when deemedpedagogically necessary. If you have a correction to suggest, submit it through the link on your book pageon openstax.org. Subject-matter experts review all errata suggestions. OpenStax is committed to remainingtransparent about all updates, so you will also find a list of past errata changes on your book page onopenstax.org.

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