Dear Student:

In this course you will be using MasteringAstronomy®, an online tutorial and homework program that accompanies your textbook. If you have joined a MasteringAstronomy course before and can still log in:
Save time by following the guide for joining another course (available from > Tours & Training > Getting Started) instead of this page.


What You Need:

P      A valid email address

P      A student access code
(Comes in the Student Access Code Card/Kit that may have been packaged with your new textbook or that may be available separately in your school’s bookstore. Otherwise, you can purchase access online at  

P      The ZIP or other postal code for your school: _______________

P      A Course ID:   _______________________ (Provided by your instructor)



1. Register

·         To register using the student access code inside the MasteringAstronomy Student Access Code Card/Kit, select Yes, I have an access code. Click Continue.


–OR– Purchase access online: Select No, I need to purchase access online now. Select your textbook, whether you want access to the eText, and click Continue. Follow the on-screen instructions to purchase access using a credit card. The purchase path includes registration, but the process is a bit different from the steps printed here.

·         License Agreement and Privacy Policy: Click I Accept to indicate that you have read and agree to the license agreement and privacy policy.

·         Select the appropriate option under “Do you have a Pearson Education account?” Continue to give the requested information until you complete the process. The Confirmation & Summary page confirms your registration. This information will also be emailed to you for your records. You can either click Log In Now or return to later.


2. Log In


3. Join Your Instructor’s Online Course and/or Open Self-Study Resources

Upon first login, you’ll be asked to do one or more of the following:


To Access MasteringAstronomy Again Later

Simply go to, enter your Login Name and Password, and click Log In.

After you have joined a course: You can open any assignments from the Assignments Due Soon area or from the Assignments page. For self-study, click eText or Study Area, if these options are available. 



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