Astronomy

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Marcia Bartusiak

In Dispatches from Planet 3: Thirty-Two (Brief) Tales on the Solar System, the Milky Way, and Beyond, Marcia Bartusiak describes Jocelyn Bell Burnell’s discovery of the first pulsar in 1967 (when she was 23 years old) and provides the backstory for it and other cutting-edge findings in astrophysics.

Rod Pyle

The Red Planet holds an enduring fascination. Filled with extraordinary detail and documents, this book offers a visually stunning insider's look at how Mars has been explored and the challenges facing future missions.

Melissa L. Sevigny

Under Desert Skies tells the story of how a small corner of Arizona became Earth’s ambassador to space. From early efforts to reach the Moon to the first glimpses of Mars’s bleak horizons and Titan’s swirling atmosphere to the latest ambitious plans to touch an asteroid, LPL’s history encompasses humanity’s unfolding knowledge about our place in the universe.

Carolyn Collins Petersen

Too often, textbooks go into more detail than readers have in mind when they want to learn a little something about astronomy. This is where Astronomy 101 comes in. It takes you out to the stars and planets and galaxies and discusses some of the latest Big Astronomy discoveries while presenting the basic facts about astronomy and space.

Stephen P. Maran

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.

Chelsea Wald and Cyril Emery

When it comes to astronomy and space exploration, the American Southwest is a star. Freelance science writer Chelsea Wald offers a front-row seat with this unique and comprehensive guidebook that helps readers connect to the cosmos in a number of ways: Examine the telescope that discovered Pluto and watch the world’s largest telescope mirrors being made. Explore a crater where astronauts trained for landing on the moon and tour the only built-from-scratch commercial spaceport in the world.

Mark Anderson

Mark Anderson, a Massachusetts freelance writer, tells an epic story of the enduring human desire to understand our place in the universe. He describes the 18th century scientific race to tract the transit of Venus. On June 3, 1769, that planet briefly passed across the face of the sun in a cosmic alignment that occurs twice per century.