List of Tables

3.1 Synodic and sidereal periods for the planets (including those discovered in modern times) 24

5.1 Copernicus' values for the minimum, average, and maximum solar distances of the planets 53

6.1 The orbital values as calculated by Kepler to check his Third Law 64

9.1 Derived values of the solar distance 94

9.2 Data on the orbits of planets (plus the dwarf planet Pluto) 98

12.1 Relative proportions (by mass) of chemical elements in the Sun, the

Earth, and the human body 131

19.1 Current internal properties of the Sun 222

19.2 Energy-generating nuclear reactions in stars 224

19.3 Comparison of properties of the Sun and white dwarfs 226

21.1 Measured distances to the Andromeda galaxy 277

23.1 Friedmann models of the universe 299

23.2 Redshift, light travel time distance, and "distance now" 303

28.1 Genetic code: Correspondence of the nucleotides triplets and the amino acids 377

28.2 Number of ribosomal components in eukaryota and prokaryota 379

29.1 Isotopes in common use in dating minerals 396

29.2 Geologic times (in millions of years) 404

31.1 Physical properties of the planets 436

31.2 Atmospheric and surface properties of the inner planets 450

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