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The Best Astronomy Books For Any Age

“What are the best books about Astronomy?” We looked at 234 of the top Astronomy books, aggregating and ranking them so we could answer that very question!

You would think that just getting a fancy telescope and pointing it up would be enough to look up and appreciate the wide open solar system all around us (honestly it actually is), but if you really want to learn about what you are seeing and form a deeper understanding of the stars and constellations you are seeing then a good Astronomy book is what you will need. We gathered together over 230 different books together from a variety of different Astronomy book lists that have been created over the years, aggregating and ranking them as we went. The top 35 books, all appearing on 2 or more lists, are below with images, descriptions, and links. The remaining 199 books, as well as the lists we used, are in alphabetical order at the bottom of the page.

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Top 35 Astronomy Books



35 .) 365 Starry Nights An Introduction to Astronomy for Every Night of the Year by Chet Raymo

Lists It Appears On:

  • Mohawk Valley Astronomical Society
  • Sky Maps

“365 Starry Nights is a unique and fascinating introduction to astronomy designed to give you a complete, clear picture of the sky every night of the year. Divided into 365 concise, illustrated essays, it focuses on the aesthetic as well as the scientific aspects of stargazing. It offers the most up-to-date information available, with hundreds of charts, drawings, and maps-that take you beyond the visible canopy of stars and constellations into the unseen realm of nebulae and galaxies.
This simple yet substantial text is full of critical information and helpful hints on how to observe the stars; describe their position; calculate their age, brightness, and distance; and much more. Whether you observe the sky with a telescope or the naked eye, 365 Starry Nights makes the infinite intimate and brings the heavens within your grasp. Keep this invaluable, informative guide close at hand, and you’ll find that the sky is the limit 365 nights a year.”

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34 .) A Photographic Atlas of Selected Regions of the Milky Way by Edward Emerson Barnard

Lists It Appears On:

  • Cambridge University Press
  • Astronomy Trek

Edward Emerson Barnard’s Photographic Atlas of Selected Regions of the Milky Way was originally published in two volumes in 1927. Together these volumes contained a wealth of information, including photographic plates of the most interesting portions of the Milky Way, descriptive text, charts, and data. Only 700 copies were printed, making the original edition a collector’s item. Reproduced in print for the first time, this edition combines both volumes of Barnard’s Atlas. It directly replicates Barnard’s text, and contains high resolution images of the original photographic plates and charts, reordered so that they can be seen together. It also includes a biography of Barnard and his work, a Foreword and Addendum by Gerald Orin Dobek describing the importance of the Atlas and additions to this volume, and a pull-out section with a mosaic of all 50 plates combined in a single panorama.

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33 .) A Walk through the Heavens by Milton D. Heifetz

Lists It Appears On:

  • Cambridge University Press
  • Astronomy Trek

A Walk through the Heavens is a beautiful and easy-to-use guide to the constellations of the northern hemisphere. By following the unique simplified maps, readers will be able to easily find and identify the constellations and the stars within them. Ancient myths and legends of the sky are retold, adding to the mystery of the stars. Written for the complete beginner, this practical guide introduces the patterns of the starry skies in a memorable way. No equipment is needed, apart from normal sight and clear skies. Milton D. Heifetz is a clinical professor of neurosurgery at the University of Southern California and visiting professor at Harvard Medical School.

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32 .) Astronomy: A Beginner’s Guide to the Universe by Eric Chaisson and Steve McMillan

Lists It Appears On:

  • Space Info
  • Omni

With the Eighth Edition of Astronomy: A Beginner’s Guide , trusted authors Eric Chaisson and Steve McMillan bring a renewed freshness and analysis to recent changes in our understanding of the cosmos. As with the other two books in their Astronomy suite (one for two-semester courses and the other, a brief visual book), the authors continue to emphasize three major themes: the process of science, the size and scale of the universe, and the evolution of the cosmos. This new edition ignites reader interest with new discoveries from the latest space missions and a new focus on reader-oriented engagement.

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31 .) Atlas of the Moon by Antonon Rukl

Lists It Appears On:

  • Ejamison
  • Mohawk Valley Astronomical Society

A best-seller that traces the history of the Moon, its surface, its origin and evolution, and its exploration. Includes a detailed map of 76 sections of the Moon’s surface observable by telescope.

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30 .) Bad Astronomy by Philip C. Plait

Lists It Appears On:

  • One Minute Astronomer
  • Space Info

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29 .) Bang!: The Complete History of the Universe by Brian May, Patrick Moore, and Chris Lintott

Lists It Appears On:

  • Five Books
  • Space Info

With one big bang, the universe exploded into being 13.7 million years ago. This is the story of how everything came about, from the moment when time and space came into existence, to the formation of the first stars, galaxies, and planets, to the evolution of human beings able to contemplate our own origins and ultimate destiny—and on to the infinite future, after the Red Giant Sun consumes Earth. Bang! explains it all in clear, straightforward terms, chronologically, without any mathematics, and including the most up-to-date discoveries.

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28 .) Binocular Astronomy by Stephen Tonkin

Lists It Appears On:

  • Mohawk Valley Astronomical Society
  • About

This book describes the many advantages of using binoculars for astronomy. It explains how to choose and evaluate binoculars as well as covers the functionality and physiology of binocular observation and their varying optical characteristics.

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27 .) Burnham’s Celestial Handbook – An Observers Guide to the Heavens by Robert Burnham, Jr

Lists It Appears On:

  • Ejamison
  • Mohawk Valley Astronomical Society

“While there are many books on stars, there is only one Celestial Handbook. Now completely revised through 1977, this unique and necessary reference is available once again to guide amateur and advanced astronomers in their knowledge and enjoyment of the stars.
Volume I of this comprehensive three-part guide to the thousands of celestial objects outside our solar system ranges from Andromeda through Cetus. Objects are grouped according to constellation, and their definitions feature names, coordinates, classifications, and physical descriptions. After an extensive introduction in Volume I, which gives the beginner enough information to follow about 80 percent of the body of the material, the author gives comprehensive coverage to the thousands of celestial objects outside our solar system that are within the range of telescopes in the two- to twelve-inch range.
The objects are grouped according to the constellations in which they appear. Each constellation is divided into four subject sections: list of double and multiple stars; list of variable stars; list of star clusters, nebulae and galaxies; and descriptive notes. For each object the author gives names, celestial coordinates, classification, and full physical description. These, together with a star atlas, will help you find and identify almost every object of interest.”

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26 .) Deep-Sky Wonders by Walter Scott Houston

Lists It Appears On:

  • Ejamison
  • University Lowbrow Astronomers

Highlights from Sky & Telescope’s Deep-Sky Wonders column display the independence of thought and devotion to craft that made writer “Scotty” Houston a favorite among readers for almost 50 years. Sky & Telescope magazine contributing editor Stephen James O’Meara has selected and arranged the best of Scotty’s work into a year-round guide to the star clusters, nebulae, and galaxies that lure skygazers into their backyards on clear, dark nights. Scotty intersperses his engaging commentary with expert advice on becoming a more capable observer.

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25 .) Digital SLR Astrophotography by Michael A. Covington

Lists It Appears On:

  • Cambridge University Press
  • Astronomy Trek

In the last few years, digital SLR cameras have taken the astrophotography world by storm. It is now easier to photograph the stars than ever before! They are compact and portable, flexible to adapt with different lenses and for telescope use, and above all DSLR cameras are easy and enjoyable to use. In this concise guide, experienced astrophotography expert Michael Covington outlines the simple, enduring basics that will enable you to get started, and help you get the most from your equipment. He covers a wide selection of equipment, simple and advanced projects, technical considerations and image processing techniques. Unlike other astrophotography books, this one focuses specifically on DSLR cameras, not astronomical CCDs, non-DSLR digital cameras, or film. This guide is ideal for astrophotographers who wish to develop their skills using DSLR cameras and as a friendly introduction to amateur astronomers or photographers curious about photographing the night sky.

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24 .) Discover the Stars by Richard Berry

Lists It Appears On:

  • Telescope
  • Omni

“For everyone who has looked up at the stars on a clear night and longed to know more about them, here is the perfect introduction and guide to discovering the stars.

Discover the Stars leads you on a tour of all the stars and constellations visible with the naked eye and introduces you to deep-sky objects that can be seen with binoculars or a simple telescope. The tour is conducted by the editor of Astronomy magazine, Richard Berry, whose two-color, computer-plotted sky maps and clear instructions make stargazing fun and productive from your first night out.

The heart of Discover the Stars is two sections of big, beautiful sky maps and charts. The first section features twelve maps that show the entire sky overhead as it appears during each month of the year. These outline all the constellations visible anywhere in the Northern Hemisphere, and the accompanying text reveals the rich ancient mythology that surrounds the star groups.”

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23 .) Exploring the Night Sky: The Equinox Astronomy Guide for Beginners by Terence Dickinson

Lists It Appears On:

  • Omni
  • Mohawk Valley Astronomical Society

Exploring the Night Sky is aimed at novice star gazers anxious to expand their astronomical repertoire beyond the Big and Little Dippers. Dickinson has designed a superb introduction to astronomy that is clear, concise, beautifully illustrated, and very “user friendly” no matter what the child’s age.

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22 .) Find the Constellations by H.A. Rey

Lists It Appears On:

  • About
  • Telescope

“Containing star charts, a guide to the constellations, and details about seasons and the movement of the objects we see in the sky, this classic book makes H. A. Rey’s passion for astronomy evident on every page.

New updates concentrate on the planetary and solar system information in the latter part of the book. Facts and figures for each planet have been revised, and new scientific information has been added, such as Pluto’s reclassification as a dwarf planet. There’s also a brand-new online resource that allows readers to track the positions of the planets in the night sky till the year 2100!”

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21 .) How I Killed Pluto and Why It Had It Coming by Mike Brown

Lists It Appears On:

  • Audiobooks
  • Super Power Optics

“The solar system most of us grew up with included nine planets, with Mercury closest to the sun and Pluto at the outer edge. Then, in 2005, astronomer Mike Brown made the discovery of a lifetime: a tenth planet, Eris, slightly bigger than Pluto. But instead of adding one more planet to our solar system, Brown’s find ignited a firestorm of controversy that culminated in the demotion of Pluto from real planet to the newly coined category of “dwarf” planet. Suddenly Brown was receiving hate mail from schoolchildren and being bombarded by TV reporters—all because of the discovery he had spent years searching for and a lifetime dreaming about.

A heartfelt and personal journey filled with both humor and drama, How I Killed Pluto and Why It Had It Coming is the book for anyone, young or old, who has ever imagined exploring the universe—and who among us hasn’t?”

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20 .) Star Watch: The Amateur Astronomer’s Guide by Philip S. Harrington

Lists It Appears On:

  • Mohawk Valley Astronomical Society
  • Space Info

“Your Passport to the Universe

The night sky is alive with many wonders–distant planets, vast star clusters, glowing nebulae, and expansive galaxies, all waiting to be explored. Let respected astronomy writer Philip Harrington introduce you to the universe in Star Watch, a complete beginner’s guide to locating, observing, and understanding these celestial objects. You’ll start by identifying the surface features of the Moon, the banded cloud tops of Jupiter, the stunning rings of Saturn, and other members of our solar system. Then you’ll venture out beyond our solar system, where you’ll learn tips and tricks for finding outstanding deep-sky objects from stars to galaxies, including the entire Messier catalog–a primary goal of every serious beginner.”

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19 .) The Big Dipper (Let’s-Read-and-Find-Out Science 1) by Franklyn M. Branley

Lists It Appears On:

  • Growing With Science
  • Mohawk Valley Astronomical Society

“Are the stars out tonight?

If they are, chances are you’ll be able to spot the Big Dipper. The Big Dipper is one of the easiest constellations to recognize and this Let’s-Read-and-Find-Out Science book will help young stargazers find it, and it’s companion, the Little Dipper. And once you’ve begun to learn about the constellations, well, the sky’s the limit!”

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18 .) The Cambridge Concise History of Astronomy by Michael Hoskin

Lists It Appears On:

  • Cambridge University Press
  • Astronomy Trek

Astronomy is one of the oldest sciences, and one which has repeatedly led to fundamental changes in our view of the world. This book covers the history of our study of the cosmos from prehistory to a survey of modern astronomy and astrophysics. It does not attempt to cover everything, but deliberately concentrates on the important themes and topics, including stellar astronomy in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries–the source of many important concepts in modern astronomy–and the Copernican revolution, which led to the challenge of ancient authorities in many areas other than astronomy. This is an essential text for students of the history of science and for students of astronomy who require a historical background to their studies.

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17 .) The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark by Carl Sagan and Ann Druyan

Lists It Appears On:

  • Astronomy Trek
  • Space

“How can we make intelligent decisions about our increasingly technology-driven lives if we don’t understand the difference between the myths of pseudoscience and the testable hypotheses of science? Pulitzer Prize-winning author and distinguished astronomer Carl Sagan argues that scientific thinking is critical not only to the pursuit of truth but to the very well-being of our democratic institutions.

Casting a wide net through history and culture, Sagan examines and authoritatively debunks such celebrated fallacies of the past as witchcraft, faith healing, demons, and UFOs. And yet, disturbingly, in today’s so-called information age, pseudoscience is burgeoning with stories of alien abduction, channeling past lives, and communal hallucinations commanding growing attention and respect. As Sagan demonstrates with lucid eloquence, the siren song of unreason is not just a cultural wrong turn but a dangerous plunge into darkness that threatens our most basic freedoms.”

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16 .) The Glass Universe’ by Dava Sobel

Lists It Appears On:

  • Audiobooks
  • Space

“In the mid-nineteenth century, the Harvard College Observatory began employing women as calculators, or “human computers,” to interpret the observations their male counterparts made via telescope each night. At the outset this group included the wives, sisters, and daughters of the resident astronomers, but soon the female corps included graduates of the new women’s colleges—Vassar, Wellesley, and Smith. As photography transformed the practice of astronomy, the ladies turned from computation to studying the stars captured nightly on glass photographic plates.

The “glass universe” of half a million plates that Harvard amassed over the ensuing decades—through the generous support of Mrs. Anna Palmer Draper, the widow of a pioneer in stellar photography—enabled the women to make extraordinary discoveries that attracted worldwide acclaim. They helped discern what stars were made of, divided the stars into meaningful categories for further research, and found a way to measure distances across space by starlight. Their ranks included Williamina Fleming, a Scottish woman originally hired as a maid who went on to identify ten novae and more than three hundred variable stars; Annie Jump Cannon, who designed a stellar classification system that was adopted by astronomers the world over and is still in use; and Dr. Cecilia Helena Payne, who in 1956 became the first ever woman professor of astronomy at Harvard—and Harvard’s first female department chair. “

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15 .) The Light Hearted Astronomer by Ken Fulton

Lists It Appears On:

  • Ejamison
  • Jim Doty

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14 .) The Messier Album – An Observers Handbook by John Mallas & Evered Kreimer

Lists It Appears On:

  • Mohawk Valley Astronomical Society
  • Ejamison

Details Charles Messier’s observations of the heavens (begun in 1758), supplemented by modern photography.

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13 .) The Practical Astronomer by Anton Vamplew & Will Gater

Lists It Appears On:

  • Sky Night Magazine
  • Stargazing in the UK

Understand and enjoy the solar system and beyond with this practical guide to astronomy. Start off by taking a tour around the night sky in simple stages, discovering how it fits together and how it works. Then take a closer look at the objects you can see and learn to recognize basic patterns of constellations.

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12 .) A Brief History of Time, From the Big Bang to Black Holes by Stephen Hawkings

Lists It Appears On:

  • Super Power Optics
  • University Lowbrow Astronomers
  • Audiobooks

“A landmark volume in science writing by one of the great minds of our time, Stephen Hawking’s book explores such profound questions as: How did the universe begin—and what made its start possible? Does time always flow forward? Is the universe unending—or are there boundaries? Are there other dimensions in space? What will happen when it all ends?

Told in language we all can understand, A Brief History of Time plunges into the exotic realms of black holes and quarks, of antimatter and “arrows of time,” of the big bang and a bigger God—where the possibilities are wondrous and unexpected. With exciting images and profound imagination, Stephen Hawking brings us closer to the ultimate secrets at the very heart of creation.”

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11 .) Build Your Own Telescope – Complete Plans for Five Telescopes You Can Build with Simple Hand Tools by Richard Berry

Lists It Appears On:

  • Mohawk Valley Astronomical Society
  • Ejamison
  • About

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10 .) Hyperspace: A Scientific Odyssey Through Parallel Universes, Time Warps, and the Tenth Dimension by Michio Kaku

Lists It Appears On:

  • Astronomy Trek
  • Physics Astronomy
  • Space

“Are there other dimensions beyond our own? Is time travel possible? Can we change the past? Are there gateways to parallel universes? All of us have pondered such questions, but there was a time when scientists dismissed these notions as outlandish speculations. Not any more. Today, they are the focus of the most intense scientific activity in recent memory. In Hyperspace, Michio Kaku, author of the widely acclaimed Beyond Einstein and a leading theoretical physicist, offers the first book-length tour of the most exciting (and perhaps most bizarre) work in modern physics, work which includes research on the tenth dimension, time warps, black holes, and multiple universes.
The theory of hyperspace (or higher dimensional space)–and its newest wrinkle, superstring theory–stand at the center of this revolution, with adherents in every major research laboratory in the world, including several Nobel laureates. Beginning where Hawking’s Brief History of Time left off, Kaku paints a vivid portrayal of the breakthroughs now rocking the physics establishment. Why all the excitement? As the author points out, for over half a century, scientists have puzzled over why the basic forces of the cosmos–gravity, electromagnetism, and the strong and weak nuclear forces–require markedly different mathematical descriptions. But if we see these forces as vibrations in a higher dimensional space, their field equations suddenly fit together like pieces in a jigsaw puzzle, perfectly snug, in an elegant, astonishingly simple form. This may thus be our leading candidate for the Theory of Everything. If so, it would be the crowning achievement of 2,000 years of scientific investigation into matter and its forces. Already, the theory has inspired several thousand research papers, and has been the focus of over 200 international conferences.
Michio Kaku is one of the leading pioneers in superstring theory and has been at the forefront of this revolution in modern physics. With Hyperspace, he has produced a book for general readers which conveys the vitality of the field and the excitement as scientists grapple with the meaning of space and time. It is an exhilarating look at physics today and an eye-opening glimpse into the ultimate nature of the universe.”

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9 .) Norton’s Star Atlas and Reference Handbook by Ian Ridpath

Lists It Appears On:

  • Space Info
  • Stargazing in the UK
  • Five Books

star atlas and reference handbook

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8 .) Spooky Action at a Distance by George Musser

Lists It Appears On:

  • Astronomy Trek
  • Physics Astronomy
  • Space

“What is space? It isn’t a question that most of us normally ask. Space is the venue of physics; it’s where things exist, where they move and take shape. Yet over the past few decades, physicists have discovered a phenomenon that operates outside the confines of space and time: nonlocality-the ability of two particles to act in harmony no matter how far apart they may be. It appears to be almost magical. Einstein grappled with this oddity and couldn’t come to terms with it, describing it as “”spooky action at a distance.”” More recently, the mystery has deepened as other forms of nonlocality have been uncovered. This strange occurrence, which has direct connections to black holes, particle collisions, and even the workings of gravity, holds the potential to undermine our most basic understandings of physical reality. If space isn’t what we thought it was, then what is it?
In Spooky Action at a Distance, George Musser sets out to answer that question, offering a provocative exploration of nonlocality and a celebration of the scientists who are trying to explain it. Musser guides us on an epic journey into the lives of experimental physicists observing particles acting in tandem, astronomers finding galaxies that look statistically identical, and cosmologists hoping to unravel the paradoxes surrounding the big bang. He traces the often contentious debates over nonlocality through major discoveries and disruptions of the twentieth century and shows how scientists faced with the same undisputed experimental evidence develop wildly different explanations for that evidence. Their conclusions challenge our understanding of not only space and time but also the origins of the universe-and they suggest a new grand unified theory of physics. Delightfully readable, Spooky Action at a Distance is a mind-bending voyage to the frontiers of modern physics that will change the way we think about reality.”

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7 .) Black Holes and Time Warps: Einstein’s Outrageous Legacy by Kip Thorne

Lists It Appears On:

  • University Lowbrow Astronomers
  • Physics Astronomy
  • Space
  • Astronomy Trek

“Which of these bizarre phenomena, if any, can really exist in our universe? Black holes, down which anything can fall but from which nothing can return; wormholes, short spacewarps connecting regions of the cosmos; singularities, where space and time are so violently warped that time ceases to exist and space becomes a kind of foam; gravitational waves, which carry symphonic accounts of collisions of black holes billions of years ago; and time machines, for traveling backward and forward in time.

Kip Thorne, along with fellow theorists Stephen Hawking and Roger Penrose, a cadre of Russians, and earlier scientists such as Oppenheimer, Wheeler and Chandrasekhar, has been in the thick of the quest to secure answers. In this masterfully written and brilliantly informed work of scientific history and explanation, Dr. Thorne, the Feynman Professor of Theoretical Physics at Caltech, leads his readers through an elegant, always human, tapestry of interlocking themes, coming finally to a uniquely informed answer to the great question: what principles control our universe and why do physicists think they know the things they think they know? Stephen Hawking’s A Brief History of Time has been one of the greatest best-sellers in publishing history. Anyone who struggled with that book will find here a more slowly paced but equally mind-stretching experience, with the added fascination of a rich historical and human component.”

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6 .) Cosmos by Carl Sagan

Lists It Appears On:

  • Astronomy Trek
  • Physics Astronomy
  • Super Power Optics
  • Space

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 Foreword by astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, Cosmos retraces the fourteen billion years of cosmic evolution that have transformed matter into consciousness, exploring such topics as the origin of life, the human brain, Egyptian hieroglyphics, spacecraft missions, the death of the Sun, the evolution of galaxies, and the forces and individuals who helped to shape modern science.

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5 .) The Stars: A New Way to See Them by H.A. Rey

Lists It Appears On:

  • Sky Maps
  • About
  • Act For Libraries
  • Mohawk Valley Astronomical Society
  • Telescope

This is a clear, vivid text with charts and maps showing the positions of the constellations the year round.

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4 .) Astronomy: A Self-Teaching Guide by Dinah L. Moché

Lists It Appears On:

  • Sky Night Magazine
  • Sky Maps
  • About
  • Omni
  • Mohawk Valley Astronomical Society
  • Space Info

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 photos

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3 .) The Backyard Astronomer’s Guide by Terence Dickinson and Alan Dyer

Lists It Appears On:

  • Ejamison
  • Omni
  • Sky Maps
  • Space Info
  • Stargazing in the UK
  • Telescope

The newest edition of The Backyard Astronomer’s Guide includes the latest data and answers the questions most often asked by home astronomers, from beginners to experienced stargazers. Terence Dickinson and Alan Dyer provide expert guidance on the right types of telescopes and other equipment; photographing the stars through a telescope; and star charts, software and other references. They cover daytime and twilight observing, planetary and deep-sky observing, and much more.

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2 .) Turn Left at Orion Hundreds of Night Sky Objects to See in a Home Telescope and How to Find Them by Guy Consolmagno and Dan M. Davis

Lists It Appears On:

  • Cambridge University Press
  • Mohawk Valley Astronomical Society
  • Omni
  • One Minute Astronomer
  • Sky Maps
  • Stargazing in the UK
  • Telescope

With over 100,000 copies sold since first publication, this is one of the most popular astronomy books of all time. It is a unique guidebook to the night sky, providing all the information you need to observe a whole host of celestial objects. With a new spiral binding, this edition is even easier to use outdoors at the telescope and is the ideal beginner’s book. Keeping its distinct one-object-per-spread format, this edition is also designed for Dobsonian telescopes, as well as for smaller reflectors and refractors, and covers Southern hemisphere objects in more detail. Large-format eyepiece views, positioned side-by-side, show objects exactly as they are seen through a telescope, and with improved directions, updated tables of astronomical information and an expanded night-by-night Moon section, it has never been easier to explore the night sky on your own.

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1 .) NightWatch: A Practical Guide to Viewing the Universe by Terence Dickinson

Lists It Appears On:

  • About
  • Ejamison
  • Jim Doty
  • Mohawk Valley Astronomical Society
  • Omni
  • One Minute Astronomer
  • Sky Maps
  • Space
  • Space Info
  • Telescope

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 outsold the previous one because of thorough revisions and additional new material.

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The Additional Best Astronomy Books



 

#BookAuthorLists
(Books Appear On 1 List Each)
3613 Planets: The Latest View of the Solar SystemDavid A. AguilarGrowing With Science
3721st Century Astronomy (Full Second Edition)Jeff HesterSpace Info
3850 Things to see with a small telescopeJohn A ReadMy First Telescope
39A Black Hole Is Not a HoleCarolyn Cinami DeCristofanoGrowing With Science
40A Child’s Introduction to the Night SkyMichael Driscoll, illustratedTelescope
41A Man on the MoonAndrew ChaikinAudiobooks
42A More Perfect HeavenDava SobelOne Minute Astronomer
43A Question & Answer Guide To AstronomyPierre-Yves Bely, Carol Christian and Jean-René RoySky Night Magazine
44A Short History of Nearly EverythingBill BrysonSuper Power Optics
45A Student’s Guide to the Mathematics of AstronomyDaniel Fleisch, Julia KregenowAstronomy Trek
46All About TelescopesSam BrownMohawk Valley Astronomical Society
47An Amateur’s Guide to Observing and Imaging the HeavensIan MorisonAstronomy Trek
48An Introduction to the Solar SystemDavid A. RotheryCambridge University Press
49An Introduction to the Theory of Stellar Structure and EvolutionDina PrialnikCambridge University Press
50Astronomical Applications of Astrometry: Ten Years of Exploitation of the Hipparcos Satellite DataMichael PerrymanAstronomy Trek
51Astronomical CalendarGuy OttwellMohawk Valley Astronomical Society
52Astronomical Tables of the Sun, Moon and Planets Second Edition,Jean MeeusEjamison
53AstronomyJayden SamsonOmni
54Astronomy (DK Eyewitness Books)Kristen LippincottSpace Info
55Astronomy for BeginnersJeff BecanOmni
56Astronomy For DummiesStephen P. MaranSpace Info
57Astronomy MagazineKalmbach PublishingMohawk Valley Astronomical Society
58Astronomy Today Vol 1: The Solar System (6t…Eric ChaissonSpace Info
59Astronomy Today Vol 2: Stars and Galaxies (…Eric ChaissonSpace Info
60Astronomy: A Physical PerspectiveMarc L. KutnerCambridge University Press
61Astrophotography – An IntroductionH. J. P. ArnoldMohawk Valley Astronomical Society
62Astrophotography for the AmateurMichael Covington, or Digital SLR Astrophotography, alsoJim Doty
63Astrophysics for PhysicistsArnab Rai ChoudhuriCambridge University Press
64Before the Big Bang: The Prehistory of Our …Brian CleggSpace Info
65Beginner’s Guide to Amateur AstronomyDavid J. EicherMohawk Valley Astronomical Society
66Beyond the Blue Horizon: Myths and Legends of the Sun, Moon, Stars, and PlanetsE. C. KruppMohawk Valley Astronomical Society
67Big Bang: The Origin of the UniverseSimon SinghSpace Info
68Big Bang: The Story of the UniverseHeather Crouper & Nigel HenbestMohawk Valley Astronomical Society
69Binocular Highlights,Gary SeronikAbout
70Binocular Stargazing,Mike D. Reynolds and David LevyAbout
71Black HolesHeather Crouper & Nigel HenbestMohawk Valley Astronomical Society
72Black Holes in the UniverseMitchell BegelmanCambridge University Press
73Book of Hints, Tips & Everyday WisdomRodaleMohawk Valley Astronomical Society
74Bright Star Atlas 2000.0Wil TirionMohawk Valley Astronomical Society
75Brother Astronomer, Adventures of a Vatican ScientistBrother Guy ConsolmagnoUniversity Lowbrow Astronomers
76Cars on Mars: Roving the Red PlanetAlexandra SiyGrowing With Science
77Celestial SamplerSue FrenchEjamison
78Child’s introduction to the night skyMichael driscoll & Meredith hamiltonMy First Telescope
79City AstronomyRobin ScagellMohawk Valley Astronomical Society
80Comets (Heinemann First Library: the Night Sky and Other Amazing Sights in Space)Nick HunterGrowing With Science
81Coming of Age in the Milky WayTimothy FerrisOne Minute Astronomer
82Constellations of the Northern Skies National Audubon Society Pocket GuidesGary Mechler, Mark R. Chartrand and Wil TirionSky Maps
83Cosmic Catastrophes: Exploding Stars, Black Holes, and Mapping the Universe (2nd Edition)J. Craig WheelerAstronomy Trek
84Curiosities of the SkyGarrett P. ServissAudiobooks
85Death By Black HoleNeil deGrasse TysonSuper Power Optics
86Deep-Sky Companions: The Messier ObjectsStephen James O’MearaEjamison
87Discover: Astronomy (Usborne Discovery)Rachel FirthTelescope
88Earthrise: My Adventures as an Apollo 14 AstronautEdgar MitchellGrowing With Science
89Easy Lessons in EinsteinEdwin E. SlossonAudiobooks
90Easy Things to See with a Small Telescope:Richard J. BartlettOmni
91Eclipses (Heinemann First Library: The Night Sky: And Other Amazing Sights in Space)Nick HunterGrowing With Science
92Edmund Mag. 6 Star AtlasDickinson, Costanzo, and ChapleMohawk Valley Astronomical Society
93Exploring the Moon Through Binoculars and Small TelescopesErnest H. Cherrington, Jr.Mohawk Valley Astronomical Society
94Exploring the Solar SystemBruce LaFountaineMohawk Valley Astronomical Society
95Eyewitness Science: AstronomyKristen LippincottMohawk Valley Astronomical Society
96Facts From Space!’Dean RegasSpace
97Faster Than the Speed of Light: The Story of a Scientific SpeculationJoao MagueijoSuper Power Optics
98Floating in Space (Let’s-Read-and-Find-Out Science 2)Franklyn M. BranleyGrowing With Science
99Footprints on the MoonAlexandra SiyGrowing With Science
100Foundations of Astronomy (Available 2010 Ti…Michael A. SeedsSpace Info
101Galaxies in the UniverseLinda S. SparkeCambridge University Press
102Galaxy Formation and EvolutionHoujun MoCambridge University Press
103Getting Started: Budget AstrophotographyAllan HallJim Doty
104Getting Started: Long Exposure AstrophotographyAlan HallJim Doty
105God’s Equation: Einstein, Relativit…Amir D. AczelAudiobooks
106Gravity’s Fatal AttractionMitchell BegelmanCambridge University Press
107Handbook of CCD Astronomy (2nd Edition)Steve B. HowellAstronomy Trek
108Have you ever wanted to visit the laboratory of a ground-breaking research scientist? Now you can, because Planet Hunter: Geoff Marcy and the Search for Other EarthsVicki Oransky WittensteinGrowing With Science
109Herschel 400 Observing GuideSteve O’MearaAstronomy Trek
110How the Meteorite Got to the MuseumJessie HartlandGrowing With Science
111I See The MoonJacqueline MittonAct For Libraries
112Illustrated Guide to Astronomical Wonders: …Robert Bruce ThompsonSpace Info
113Is Anybody Out There?Heather Crouper & Nigel HenbestMohawk Valley Astronomical Society
114Is There Life on Mars?Dennis Brindell FradinMohawk Valley Astronomical Society
115Is There Life on Other Planets?: And Other Questions About Space (Is That a Fact?)Gregory L. VogtGrowing With Science
116Journey To PalomarOne Minute Astronomer
117Just Six Numbers: The Deep Forces That Shap…Martin ReesSpace Info
118Kingdom Of The Sun: A Book Of PlanetsJacqueline MittonAct For Libraries
119Lecture Tutorials for Introductory Astronom…Edward E. PratherSpace Info
120Light and Color in the OutdoorsM. G. J. MinneartMohawk Valley Astronomical Society
121Lonely Hearts of the CosmosDennis OverbyeFive Books
122Look to the StarsBuzz AldrinGrowing With Science
123Lunar MapSky Publishing Corp.Mohawk Valley Astronomical Society
124Mars: Our Future on the Red PlanetLeonard DavidAudiobooks
125Men, Monsters, and the Modern UniverseGeorge Love, Wil TirionMohawk Valley Astronomical Society
126Mission to Mars (Let’s-Read-and-Find-Out Science 2)Franklyn M. BranleyGrowing With Science
127Moonshot: The Flight of Apollo 11Brian FlocaGrowing With Science
128National Geographic Kids First Big Book of SpaceCatherine D. HughesGrowing With Science
129National geographic little kids first big book of spacecatherine D. HughesMy First Telescope
130Night Sky: An Explore Your World HandbookRobert BurnhamMohawk Valley Astronomical Society
131Northern Lights (Heinemann First Library)Nick HunterGrowing With Science
132Norton’s 2000.0 Star Atlas and Reference HandbookEdited by Ian RidpathMohawk Valley Astronomical Society
133NowRichard A. MullerAudiobooks
134Observational AstronomyD. Scott BirneyCambridge University Press
135Observer’s HandbookDavid M.F. ChapmanTelescope
136Observing and Photographing the Solar SystemThomas Dobbins, Donald Parker, and Charles “Chick” CapenEjamison
137Observing Variable Stars, Novae and SupernovaeGerald North, Nick JamesAstronomy Trek
138Once Upon A Starry NightJacqueline Mitton.Act For Libraries
139One Giant LeapRobert BurleighGrowing With Science
140Origins: Fourteen Billion Years of C…Neil DeGrasse TysonAudiobooks
141Our Mathematical Universe: My Que…Max TegmarkAudiobooks
142Parallel WorldsMichio KakuAudiobooks
143PathfindersJim Al-KhaliliFive Books
144Physics of the FutureMichio KakuAudiobooks
145Planet Hunter: Geoff Marcy and the Search for Other EarthsVicki Oransky WittensteinGrowing With Science
146Pluto’s Secret: An Icy World’s Tale of DiscoveryMargaret Weitekamp and David DeVorkinGrowing With Science
147Quantum ManLawrence M KraussFive Books
148Quantum: A Guide For The PerplexedJim Al-KhaliliAudiobooks
149Randy Riley’s Big HitChris Van Dusen.Telescope
150Relativity: The Special and Gener…Albert EinsteinAudiobooks
151Rocket BoysHomer H. HickamUniversity Lowbrow Astronomers
152Seeing in the Dark, How Amateur Astronomers are Discovering the Wonders of the UniverseTimothy FerrisUniversity Lowbrow Astronomers
153Seeing the SkyFred SchaafMohawk Valley Astronomical Society
154Show Me Space: My First Picture Encyclopedia (My First Picture Encyclopedias)Steve KortenkampGrowing With Science
155Sky & Telescope MagazineSky Publishing Corp.Mohawk Valley Astronomical Society
156Sky & Telescope’s Pocket Sky AtlasRoger W. SinnottSpace Info
157Sky PhenomenaNorman DavidsonMohawk Valley Astronomical Society
158Space (Smithsonian Little Explorer)Martha E. H. RustadGrowing With Science
159Space, Stars, and the Beginning of Time: What the Hubble Telescope SawElaine ScottGrowing With Science
160Spacecraft (Machines Close-Up)Daniel GilpinGrowing With Science
161Splendors of the Universe, A Practical Guide to Photographing the Night SkyTerence Dickinson and Jack NewtonJim Doty
162Star Names: Their Lore and MeaningRichard Hinckley AllenMohawk Valley Astronomical Society
163Star TalesIan RidpathMohawk Valley Astronomical Society
164Star Testing Astronomical Telescopes – A Manual for Optical Evaluation and Adjustment.Harold Richard SuiterEjamison
165Star-Hopping for Backyard AstronomersAlan M. MacRobertMohawk Valley Astronomical Society
166Stargazing Basics: Getting Started in Recreational Astronomy (2nd Edition)Paul E. KinzerAstronomy Trek
167Starlight Nights, The Adventures of a Star-GazerLeslie C. PeltierUniversity Lowbrow Astronomers
168Stars and Constellations (Heinemann First Library: The Night Sky: And Other Amazing Sights in Space)Nick HunterGrowing With Science
169Sun, Earth and SkyKenneth R. LangSpace Info
170Teaching and Learning Astronomy: Effective …Space Info
171Telescope Optics, A Comprehensive Manual for Amateur AstronomersRutten and van VenrooijEjamison
172The 100 Best Astrophotography Targets: A Mo…Ruben KierSpace Info
173The 37th Parallel: The Secret Truth …Ben MezrichAudiobooks
174The Alchemy of the Heavens, Searching for Meaning in the Milky WayKen CroswellUniversity Lowbrow Astronomers
175The Best Book of the MoonIan GrahamMohawk Valley Astronomical Society
176The Big Picture: On the Origins of Life…Sean CarrollAudiobooks
177The Bluffer’s Guide To The CosmosDaniel HudonSky Night Magazine
178The Cambridge Guide to the Solar SystemKenneth R. LangCambridge University Press
179The Cambridge Star AtlasWil TirionCambridge University Press
180The Case for Mars: The Plan to Settle the Red Planet and Why We MustRobert ZubrinAstronomy Trek
181The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Astronomy, 4t…Christopher De PreeSpace Info
182The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Understanding EinsteinGary F. MorlingMohawk Valley Astronomical Society
183The Day We Found the UniverseMarcia BartusiakOne Minute Astronomer
184The Deep Sky: An IntroductionPhilip S. HarringtonMohawk Valley Astronomical Society
185The Dobsonian TelescopeKriege and BerryEjamison
186The Elegant UniverseBrian GreeneSuper Power Optics
187The Everything Kids’ Astronomy BookKathi Wagner, Sheryl RacineMy First Telescope
188The Fabric of the CosmosBrian GreeneOne Minute Astronomer
189The First Three Minutes: A Modern View Of T…Steven WeinbergSpace Info
190The Illustrated Brief History of Time, Upda…Stephen William HawkingSpace Info
191The International Space Station (Let’s-Read-and-Find-Out Science 2)Franklyn M. BranleyGrowing With Science
192The Kingfisher Young People’s Space BookMartin RedfernMohawk Valley Astronomical Society
193The Messier ObjectsStephen James O’MearaMohawk Valley Astronomical Society
194The Mighty Mars Rovers: The Incredible Adventures of Spirit and Opportunity (Scientists in the Field Series)Elizabeth RuschGrowing With Science
195The Moon Seems to Change (Let’s-Read-and-Find-Out Science 2)Franklyn M. BranleyGrowing With Science
196The Mystery of MarsSally Ride & Tam O’ShaughnessyMohawk Valley Astronomical Society
197The New AstronomerCarole StottMohawk Valley Astronomical Society
198The New Cosmos: Answering Astronomy’s Big QuestionsDavid J. EicherAstronomy Trek
199The Night Sky Observing GuideGeorge Robert Kepple and Glen WEjamison
200The Ordinary Spaceman: From Boyhood Dreams to AstronautClayton C. AndersonPhysics Astronomy
201The Perfect Machine, Building the Palomar TelescopeRonald FloreneeUniversity Lowbrow Astronomers
202The Planet Hunters: The Search for Other WorldsDennis Brindell FradinMohawk Valley Astronomical Society
203The Planet Observer’s Handbook Second Edition,Fred W. PriceEjamison
204The Planet SaturnA.F.O’D AlexanderEjamison
205The Right StuffTom WolfeUniversity Lowbrow Astronomers
206The Royal Astronomical Society Observers Handbook and CalendarEjamison
207The Sky Is Full of Stars (Let’s-Read-and-Find-Out Science 2)Franklyn M. BranleyGrowing With Science
208The Solar System (Available 2010 Titles Enh…Michael A. SeedsSpace Info
209The Soul of TonightChet RemoMohawk Valley Astronomical Society
210The Space EncyclopediaHeather Couper and Nigel HenbestMohawk Valley Astronomical Society
211The Sun KingsStuart ClarkOne Minute Astronomer
212The Total Skywatcher’s ManualAstronomical Society of the PacificOmni
213The Ultimate Moon Landing Sticker BookAled HerpertMohawk Valley Astronomical Society
214The Universe in a NutshellStephen HawkingSuper Power Optics
215The Universe Revealededited by Pam SpenceMohawk Valley Astronomical Society
216The Universe: From Flat Earth to QuasarIsaac AsimovSuper Power Optics
217The Urban Astronomer’s Guide: A Walking Tou…Rod MolliseSpace Info
218The Year-Round Messier Marathon Field GuideHarvard PenningtonEjamison
219The Young AstronomerHarry FordMohawk Valley Astronomical Society
220The Young Oxford Book of AstronomySimon and Jacqueline MittonMohawk Valley Astronomical Society
221There’s no place like space – All about our solar systemTish RabeMy First Telescope
222This title is about the constellations you can see in the night sky. Because it is illustratedFelicia BondGrowing With Science
223To Measure the Sky: An Introduction to Observational AstronomyFrederick R. ChromeyAstronomy Trek
224Touring the Universe Through BinocularsPhilip S. HarringtonMohawk Valley Astronomical Society
225Universe In A NutshellStephen HawkingAudiobooks
226Universe: The Definitive Visual GuideSpace Info
227Uranometria (2 volumes) †Tirion, Rappaport, & LoviMohawk Valley Astronomical Society
228Uranometria 2000.0 Deep-Sky AtlasTirion, Rappaport, RemaklusEjamison
229What the Moon is Like (Let’s-Read-and-Find-Out Science, Stage 2)Franklyn M. BranleyGrowing With Science
230Why Time Flies :A Mostly Scientific I…Alan BurdickAudiobooks
231With the the change in 2006 from having nine planets in the solar system to only eight, children may be wondering what happened to Pluto. Why isn’t it a planet any longer? Pluto’s Secret: An Icy World’s Tale of DiscoveryMargaret Weitekamp, with David DeVorkinGrowing With Science
232You Are the First Kid on MarsPatrick O’BrienGrowing With Science
233You Are the Universe: Discove…Deepak ChopraAudiobooks
234Zodiac celestial Circle Of The SunJacqueline MittonAct For Libraries


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Five Books Andrew Lawrence recommends the best books on Astronomy, Physics and People
Growing With Science 30 Space and Astronomy Books for Children
Jim Doty The Best Astronomy and Astrophotography Books
Mohawk Valley Astronomical Society Recommended Astronomy Books and Publications
My First Telescope Best Astronomy books for kids
Omni Best Astronomy Books for Beginners
One Minute Astronomer 9 Good Astronomy Books
Physics Astronomy 5 BOOKS ALL SPACE FANS SHOULD READ
Sky Maps Getting Started in Astronomy
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Space Best Astronomy and Astrophysics Books
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