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Best Astronomy Books

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NightWatch
A Practical Guide to Viewing the Universe
Terence Dickinson - 2006-09-12 (first published in 1983)
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Revised Fourth Edition: updated for use through 2025.The first three editions of NightWatch sold more than 600,000 copies, making it the top-selling stargazing guide in the world for the last 20 years. The key feature of this classic title is the section of star charts that are cherished by backyard astronomers everywhere. Each new edition has outs...
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The Backyard Astronomer's Guide
Terence Dickinson - 2008-09-12
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An essential reference tool for both beginning and veteran sky observers. Drawing on decades of stargazing experience, the authors suggest what equipment to buy and what to avoid, describe observing techniques, and explain how to hunt down the most interesting celestial objects. Each chapter is illustrated with the latest, breathtaking astrophotogr...
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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 - 2012-01-01
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With over 150,000 copies sold since its first publication, this is one of the most popular astronomy books of all time. This unique guidebook to the night sky shows you how to observe a host of celestial wonders. Its distinct format of object-by-object spreads illustrates how deep-sky objects and planets actually look through a small telescope, whi...
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Cosmos
Carl Sagan - 2013-12-10 (first published in 1980)
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Cosmos is one of the bestselling science books of all time. In clear-eyed prose, Sagan reveals a jewel-like blue world inhabited by a life form that is just beginning to discover its own identity and to venture into the vast ocean of space. Featuring a new Introduction by Sagan’s collaborator, Ann Druyan, full color illustrations, and a new Forewor...
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Astronomy
A Self-Teaching Guide, Eighth Edition (Wiley Self Teaching Guides)
Dinah L. Moché - 2014-07-22 (first published in 1978)
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For a generation, Astronomy: A Self-Teaching Guide has introduced hundreds of thousands of readers worldwide to the night sky. Now this classic beginner's guide has been completely revised to bring it up to date with the latest discoveries. Updated with the latest, most accurate information, new online resources, and more than 100 new graphics and ...
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Brief History of Time
From the Big Bang to Black Holes
Stephen Hawking - 2011-08-01 (first published in 1988)
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Was there a beginning of time? Could time run backwards? Is the universe infinite or does it have boundaries?These are just some of the questions considered in the internationally acclaimed masterpiece by the world renowned physicist - generally considered to have been one of the world's greatest thinkers. It begins by reviewing the great theories ...
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Richard Branson
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Hubble's Universe
Greatest Discoveries and Latest Images
Terence Dickinson - 2017-09-19 (first published in 2012)
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Praise for the first edition: -Superbly well produced. Any engagement with this 'cosmic portfolio, ' from picture gazing to deep reading, is grandly rewarded.- --Booklist[starred review] -The book's precise descriptions and captions brilliantly complement the 300 full-color Hubble images . . . this is an amazing book . . . outstanding.- --Library J...
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Death by Black Hole
And Other Cosmic Quandaries
Neil deGrasseTyson - 2014-09-01 (first published in 2006)
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A vibrant collection of essays on the cosmos from the nation's best-known astrophysicist. "One of today's best popularizers of science." —Kirkus Reviews.Loyal readers of the monthly "Universe" essays in Natural History magazine have long recognized Neil deGrasse Tyson's talent for guiding them through the mysteries of the cosmos with stunning clari...
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There's No Place Like Space
All About Our Solar System (Cat in the Hat's Learning Library)
Tish Rabe - 1999-10-26
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Learn about outer space with the help of everyone's favorite Cat in the Hat! The Cat in the Hat takes readers on an out of this world reading adventure in this nonfiction book all about our solar system. Learn about the planets, the constellations, and astronauts, and explore the wonders of space. Perfect for aspiring astraunauts, or any kid who lo...
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Brief Answers To The Big Questions
Stephen Hawking - 2020-01-01 (first published in 2018)
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Stephen Hawking was recognized as one of the greatest minds of our time and a figure of inspiration after defying his ALS diagnosis at age twenty-one. He is known for both his breakthroughs in theoretical physics as well as his ability to make complex concepts accessible for all, and was beloved for his mischievous sense of humor. At the time of hi...
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Bill Clinton
Black Holes and Time Warps by Kip S. Thorne
50 Things To See With A Small Telescope by John A Read
The Astronomy Book by
Astronomy 101 by Carolyn Collins Petersen
The Universe Today Ultimate Guide to Viewing the Cosmos by David Dickinson
Space Atlas, Second Edition by James Trefil
Packing for Mars by Mary Roach
Astronomy For Dummies by Stephen P. Maran
The Demon-Haunted World by Carl Sagan
A Man on the Moon by Andrew Chaikin
The Hubble Cosmos by David H. Devorkin
Space by Rebecca Smethurst
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
Rocket Men by Robert Kurson
Here We Are Notes For Living On Planet by Illustrated Oliver Jeffers Oliver Jeffers
Hello, World! Solar System by Jill McDonald
A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson
The Stars by H. A. Rey
The Universe in a Nutshell by Stephen William Hawking
The Mysteries of the Universe by Will Gater
The Future of Humanity by Michio Kaku
Origins by Neil Degrasse Tyson
Chasing New Horizons by Alan Stern
An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth by Chris Hadfield
End of Everything by
50 Things To See With A Telescope - Kids by John A Read
Hyperspace by Michio Kaku
Space! by
Universe by Martin Rees
Space Visual Encyclopedia by
Astrophysics for People in a Hurry by Neil deGrasseTyson
The Cosmic Connection by Carl Sagan
Until the End of Time by Brian Greene
Margaret and the Moon by Dean Robbins
Photography Night Sky by Jennifer Wu
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National Geographic Backyard Guide to the Night Sky by Andrew Fazekas
Binocular Highlights by Aa
National Geographic Backyard Guide to the Night Sky by Howard Schneider
Digital SLR Astrophotography by Michael A. Covington
365 Starry Nights by Chet Raymo
Astronomy Hacks by Robert Bruce Thompson
The 100 Best Astrophotography Targets by Ruben Kier
Star Hopping by Robert A. Garfinkle
Ask an Astronaut by Tim Peake
The Elegant Universe by Brian Greene
Look Inside Space by Rob Lloyd Jones
The Sun Down Motel by Simone St. James
Beach Read by Emily Henry
The Practical Astronomer by Anton Vamplew
Astronomy by Eric Chaisson
The Crowd and the Cosmos by Chris Lintott