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Best Astronomy Books

Embark on a celestial journey with the universe's best storytellers. These top astronomy books are selected based on their popularity in reputable science blogs and publications.

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Best Astronomy Books
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The Backyard Astronomer's Guide
Terence Dickinson - 1994-01-01
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This comprehensive guide to backyard astronomy is a must-have for both beginners and experts. Packed with decades of stargazing experience, the authors offer practical advice on what equipment to buy (and avoid), observing techniques, and how to locate the most interesting celestial objects. Each chapter is accompanied by breathtaking astrophotography, making it easy to follow along. Topics covered include dealing with light pollution, taking impressive color photographs of galaxies and nebulas, and more. Written in clear, jargon-free language, this guide is divided into three parts: Equipment for Backyard Astronomy, Observing the Celestial Panorama, and Astrophotography.
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A Practical Guide to Viewing the Universe
Terence Dickinson - 2009-09-12 (first published in 1983)
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This stargazing guide has sold over 600,000 copies and is the best general interest introduction to astronomy. The charts are perfect for backyard astronomers using a small telescope or binoculars, and the equipment and photography sections have been updated in the fourth edition. It includes star charts for use in the southern hemisphere, and the tables of future solar and lunar eclipses, planetary conjunctions and planet locations have been updated through 2025.
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Carl Sagan - 2002-05-07 (first published in 1980)
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Explore the universe and the evolution of our existence in this iconic science book. Written with poetic prose, discover the vastness of space and the incredible journey of life on Earth. With stunning illustrations and contributions from astrophysicists, this must-read covers topics such as the origin of life, the human brain, technology advancements, and the forces that shaped modern science. Let Cosmos take you on a thrilling journey through time and space.
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Richard Branson
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Turn Left at Orion
Hundreds of Night Sky Objects to See in a Home Telescope - and How to Find Them (Spiral bound) By (author) Guy Consolmagno, By (author) Dan M. Davis
Dan M. Davis - 2000-10-23 (first published in 1990)
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Discover the wonders of the night sky with this popular astronomy book, now with over 150,000 copies sold. Featuring an object-by-object format, it illustrates how celestial wonders look through a small telescope, and provides updated information on star names and astronomical data. With dedicated chapters for both hemispheres, it's the perfect guide for amateur astronomers everywhere.
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Brief History of Time
From the Big Bang to Black Holes
Stephen Hawking - 1998-09-01 (first published in 1988)
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Explore the mysteries of the universe with this acclaimed masterpiece by a celebrated physicist. From the origins of time to the boundaries of the universe, delve into the secrets of space and time. Discover the great theories of the cosmos from Newton to Einstein, and explore the wonders of the Big Bang, black holes, and more. Written in clear and concise language, this book offers a fascinating and accessible introduction to the universe and its wonders. This new edition includes exciting updates from the author, along with a companion app, Stephen Hawking's Pocket Universe.
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A Self-Teaching Guide, Eighth Edition (Wiley Self Teaching Guides)
Dinah L. Moché - 2004-02-24 (first published in 1978)
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Discover the cosmos with Astronomy - a beginner's guide that introduces readers to the beauty of the night sky. This classic guide has been updated to include the latest discoveries and more than 100 new graphics and photos. With simple explanations free of complex math, an interactive format, and online resources, readers can quickly and easily explore the wonders of the universe.
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Packing for Mars
The Curious Science of Life in the Void
Mary Roach - 2011-04-04 (first published in 2010)
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Explore the mind-boggling world of space travel and weightlessness with an entertaining twist. This book delves into the oddities of life in space and the unique challenges that come with it, from crash tests for new space capsules to space shuttle training toilets. Join the author as she takes you on a journey through the science of space and everyday life on our planet.
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There's No Place Like Space
All About Our Solar System (Cat in the Hat's Learning Library)
Tish Rabe - 2009-01-01 (first published in 1999)
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Explore the wonders of space with everyone's favorite Cat in the Hat in this nonfiction book! Learn about the planets, constellations, and astronauts in our solar system. Perfect for young readers who love learning and science, this book is part of the nonfiction series, The Cat in the Hat's Learning Library, which introduces important basic concepts to beginning readers. Don't miss out on this out-of-this-world adventure!
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Brief Answers To The Big Questions
Stephen Hawking - 2018-10-16
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This renowned physicist left a final gift for us all: a book compiling his personal answers to the big questions in life. From climate change to the future of AI, he provides his unique perspective on our biggest challenges as a species. Leading thinkers introduce each section, adding their own insights to the late author's legacy.
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Bill Clinton
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End of Everything
Katie Mack - 2020-06-09
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Explore the destruction of the cosmos in The End of Everything. Astrophysicist Katie Mack uses cutting-edge technology and theory to describe the different futures that could result from our incomplete understanding of reality. Will our universe collapse, rip apart, or succumb to an expanding bubble of doom? This fascinating and witty story of cosmic escapism shares the excitement of a leading astrophysicist while showing that we may not be able to change how it all ends, but we can begin to understand it.
National Geographic Little Kids First Big Book of Space by Catherine D. Hughes
Black Holes and Time Warps by Kip S. Thorne
The Disordered Cosmos by Chanda Prescod-Weinstein
Astrophysics for People in a Hurry by Neil deGrasseTyson
Death by Black Hole by Neil deGrasseTyson
Hubble's Universe by Terence Dickinson
Space Atlas, Second Edition by James Trefil
The Astronomy Book by Jacqueline Mitton
Astronomy For Dummies by Stephen P. Maran
The Demon-Haunted World by Carl Sagan
50 Things To See With A Telescope - Kids by John A Read
50 Things To See With A Small Telescope by John A Read
Astronomy 101 by Carolyn Collins Petersen
Galileo's Daughter by Dava Sobel
Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly
The Science of Interstellar by Kip Thorne
The Stars by H. A. Rey
The Universe Today Ultimate Guide to Viewing the Cosmos by David Dickinson
The Hubble Cosmos by David H. Devorkin
Until the End of Time by Brian Greene
Rocket Men by Robert Kurson
Here We Are Notes For Living On Planet by Illustrated Oliver Jeffers Oliver Jeffers
A Man on the Moon by Andrew Chaikin
The Space Barons by Christian Davenport
A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson
Pale Blue Dot by Carl Sagan
The Mysteries of the Universe by Will Gater
The Elegant Universe by Brian Greene
Chasing New Horizons by Alan Stern
Space by Rebecca Smethurst
National Geographic Backyard Guide to the Night Sky by Andrew Fazekas
100 Things to See in the Night Sky by Dean Regas
The Total Skywatcher's Manual by Astronomical Society of the Pacific
The Secret Lives of Planets by Paul Murdin
Astronomy by Eric Chaisson
The Sun Down Motel by Simone St. James
Hello, World! Solar System by Jill McDonald
The Future of Humanity by Michio Kaku
An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth by Chris Hadfield
The Universe in a Nutshell by Stephen William Hawking
Origins by Neil Degrasse Tyson
Hyperspace by Michio Kaku
The Fabric of the Cosmos by Brian Greene
The Planets by Professor Brian Cox
Seven Brief Lessons on Physics by Carlo Rovelli
Look Inside Space by Rob Lloyd Jones
The Cosmic Connection by Carl Sagan
Universe by Martin Rees
Space! by D.K. Publishing
ABCs of Space by Chris Ferrie, Julia Kregenow
Beach Read by Emily Henry
Space Visual Encyclopedia by D.K. Publishing
Earth and Space by Nirmala Nataraj
Photography Night Sky by Jennifer Wu
Binocular Highlights by Aa
Lonely Hearts of the Cosmos by Dennis Overbye
National Geographic Backyard Guide to the Night Sky by Howard Schneider
Astronomy Hacks by Robert Bruce Thompson
Astronomy Today by Eric Chaisson
The 100 Best Astrophotography Targets by Ruben Kier
The Edge of Physics by Anil Ananthaswamy
Star Hopping by Robert A. Garfinkle
The Crowd and the Cosmos by Chris Lintott
The Power by Naomi Alderman
An Earthling's Guide to Outer Space by Bob McDonald
Margaret and the Moon by Dean Robbins
Maisie Dobbs by Jacqueline Winspear
The Right Stuff by Tom Wolfe
The Magic School Bus Lost In The Solar System by Joanna Cole
What If? by Randall Munroe
A Child's Introduction to the Night Sky by Michael Driscoll
Find the Constellations by H. A. Rey
Star Finder! by D.K. Publishing
The Practical Astronomer by Anton Vamplew
365 Starry Nights by Chet Raymo
Constellations by Govert Schilling
Astronomy with a Home Telescope by Seth Penricke
Digital SLR Astrophotography by Michael A. Covington
Einstein's Unfinished Revolution by Lee Smolin
Finding Our Place in the Universe by Helene Courtois, Nikki Kopelman
Cosmic Catastrophes by J. Craig Wheeler
Discover the Stars by Richard Berry
Sun, Moon, Earth by Tyler Nordgren
Dr Space Junk vs The Universe by Alice Gorman
They Are Already Here by Sarah Scoles
Ask an Astronaut by Tim Peake