Book Description: Building on a long tradition of effective pedagogy and comprehensive coverage, The Cosmic Perspective: Stars, Galaxies, and Cosmology , Sixth Edition provides the most engaging and up-to-date introduction to astronomy for non-science majors. The text provides a wealth of features to help enhance student skill building, including new Visual Skills Check end-of-chapter questions that provide an opportunity for students to test their visual interpretation skills, new Cosmic Context Figures that help students synthesize key concepts and processes, and a new comprehensive visual overview of scale to help students explore the scale of time and space. The Sixth Edition has also been fully updated to include the latest astronomical observations, research, and theoretical developments. The text is supported by the most robust package of instructor ancillaries, and MasteringAstronomy ™ , the market-leading online tutorial and homework system, has been updated to include a wealth of new content to help students learn and review more efficiently outside of class. This Volume includes Chapters 1-6, S2-S4, and 14-24 of the main text.