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Best Astronomy Books

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Best Astronomy Books
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A Practical Guide to Viewing the Universe
Terence Dickinson - Sep 12, 2006 (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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Carl Sagan - Dec 10, 2013 (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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The Backyard Astronomer's Guide
Terence Dickinson - Sep 12, 2008
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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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Brief History of Time
From the Big Bang to Black Holes
Stephen Hawking - Aug 01, 2011 (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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A Self-Teaching Guide, Eighth Edition (Wiley Self Teaching Guides)
Dinah L. Moché - Jul 22, 2014 (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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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 - Jan 01, 2012
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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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Black Holes and Time Warps
Einstein's Outrageous Legacy (Commonwealth Fund Book Program)
Kip S. Thorne - Jan 16, 1995
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Ever since Albert Einstein's general theory of relativity burst upon the world in 1915 some of the most brilliant minds of our century have sought to decipher the mysteries bequeathed by that theory, a legacy so unthinkable in some respects that even Einstein himself rejected them.Which of these bizarre phenomena, if any, can really exist in our un...
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50 Things To See With A Small Telescope
John A Read - May 19, 2013
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50 Things to See with a Small Telescope is composed of the go-to objects observed at public stargazing events all over the Northern Hemisphere. People of all ages frequently ask, "How did you find that so quickly?" Well, this book will explain just that! The planets in our solar system, the International Space Station, sunspots, birds, nebula, airp...
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Death by Black Hole
And Other Cosmic Quandaries
Neil deGrasseTyson - Sep 01, 2014 (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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Astronomy 101
From the Sun and Moon to Wormholes and Warp Drive, Key Theories, Discoveries, and Facts about the Universe
Carolyn Collins Petersen - Jan 01, 2013
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Explore the curiosities of our galaxy!Too often, textbooks obscure the beauty and wonder of outer space with tedious discourse that even Galileo would oppose. "Astronomy 101" cuts out the boring details and lengthy explanations, and instead, gives you a lesson in astronomy that keeps you engaged as you discover what's hidden beyond our starry sky.F...
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Packing for Mars
The Curious Science of Life in the Void
Mary Roach - Apr 04, 2011
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The best-selling author of Stiff and Bonk explores the irresistibly strange universe of space travel and life without gravity. From the Space Shuttle training toilet to a crash test of NASA’s new space capsule, Mary Roach takes us on the surreally entertaining trip into the science of life in space and space on Earth....
There's No Place Like Space by Tish Rabe
The Demon-Haunted World by Carl Sagan
A Man on the Moon by Andrew Chaikin
National Geographic Little Kids First Big Book of Space by Catherine D. Hughes
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The Universe Today Ultimate Guide to Viewing the Cosmos by David Dickinson
Rocket Men by Robert Kurson
A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson
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
Chasing New Horizons by Alan Stern
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Hyperspace by Michio Kaku
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Universe by Martin Rees
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Hubble's Universe by Terence Dickinson
The Hubble Cosmos by David H. Devorkin
Space Atlas, Second Edition by James Trefil
Space by Rebecca Smethurst
Binocular Highlights by Aa
National Geographic Backyard Guide to the Night Sky by Howard Schneider
The Total Skywatcher's Manual by Astronomical Society of the Pacific
Star Hopping by Robert A. Garfinkle
Beach Read by Emily Henry
The Elegant Universe by Brian Greene
Look Inside Space by Rob Lloyd Jones
The Secret Lives of Planets by Paul Murdin
The Sun Down Motel by Simone St. James
Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly
Astronomy For Dummies by Stephen P. Maran