Suggested Reading List
Astronomy for Dummies
Author: Stephen P. Maran
Description: Do you know the difference between a red giant and a white dwarf? From asteroids to black holes, this easy-to-understand guide takes you on a grand tour of the universe. Featuring updated star maps, charts, and an insert with gorgeous full-color photographs, Astronomy For Dummies provides an easy-to-follow introduction to the night sky. Plus, this new edition also gives you the latest theories, explanations, and insights into the basic workings of the universe.
Includes updated schedules of coming eclipses of the Sun and Moon and a revised planetary appendix
Covers recent discoveries in space, such as water on the Moon and Pluto's demotion from "planet" status
Collects new websites, lists of telescope motels, sky-watching guides, and suggestions for beginner's telescopes and suppliers
Brings you up-to-speed on the latest social trends and personal technology, such as stargazing mobile apps, NASA video, and the prevalence of "Citizen Science" networks
Whether you're an amateur astronomer, space enthusiast, or enrolled in a first year astronomy course, Astronomy For Dummies has you covered.
Author: James Muirden
Description: When you look up on a clear night at a sky filled with stars, the Astronomy Handbook will help you identify and understand what you see. This useful guide is packed with information on the constellations, the sun, the solar system, meteors and comets, all illustrated in color. There are star maps and moon charts, a diary of events in the sky and plenty of practical advice on how to make your own astronomical observations.
Author: David Levy
Description: This highly acclaimed, best-selling series takes field guides to a breathtaking new level. Filled with full-color maps, diagrams, photographs, and sketches, each book takes readers on an exciting armchair adventure through some of the most fascinating places in the natural world -- and offers practical advice for those planning real-life expeditions.
Stars & Planets
Author: Jay Pasachoff
Description: The fourth edition of this best-selling field guide has been completely revised and updated to include the latest information from leading astronomical sources. All the time-sensitive material is new and valid through 2017: solar eclipses, phases of the moon, positions of the planets, and more. Twenty-four Monthly Sky Maps, all newly revised and in color, show exactly what you'll see when facing north or south in the night sky. Fifty-two Atlas Charts, also revised and in color, cover the entire sky, including close-ups of areas of special interest such as the Pleiades and the Orion Nebula. The hundreds of thousands of devoted users of the previous editions of this guide have been eagerly awaiting this new volume so they can continue to enjoy their hobby in the coming decades.