But the problem is, there are hints that nature doesn't actually work that way. published 1976, avg rating 4.00 — Receive mail from us on behalf of our trusted partners or sponsors? published 1993, avg rating 3.87 — His star charts are handy guides to help you find your way. It has been the top-selling stargazing guide for over 20 years. The refreshing tone of her narrative takes readers on a journey through old techniques for spotting exoplanets (some of which were quite dangerous), the oblong orbits of some alien planets, and why the "habitable zone" of a planet does little to support life if too much water drowns out it's rock cycles. published 1994, avg rating 4.25 — All very straightforward, and good for scientific investigation. ~Nola Redd. By the time you're done reading this book, you'll have a pretty solid grasp of why Kaku and other scientists think the basic forces in our universe — electromagnetism, gravity and the strong and weak nuclear forces — may actually just be vibrations in higher-dimensional space. '100 Things to See in the Night Sky' (Adams Media, 2017). published 1925, avg rating 4.12 — published 1983, avg rating 3.50 — Our recently-read books in all categories can be found at Best Space Books. "A Briefer History of Time," published first in 2005 in collaboration with Leonard Mlodinow, offers a more accessible update on the science of the first book. 38 ratings — 'Asteroid Hunters' (Simon & Schuster, 2017), The solar system is a wild place, and even Earth's immediate neighborhood is much more chaotic than maps would suggest — researchers discover more than 100 near-Earth asteroids every month. Thank you for signing up to Space. "Asteriod Hunters" (Simon & Schuster, 2017) is a quick overview of the growing field, giving a feel for how science is done and where we'll have to pick up speed to protect Earth — plus, a visceral understanding of exactly how much risk is out there. https://www.goodreads.com/shelf/show/physics-astronomy-space published 2001, avg rating 4.36 — There's a lot of debunking in "The Demon-Haunted World" — of alien encounters, channeling and other paranormal experiences — and Sagan even provides readers a "baloney detection kit" to help them navigate a confusing and chaotic world. ~ Samantha Mathewson. published 1993, avg rating 4.00 — 1 rating — 15,883 ratings — Receive news and offers from our other brands? PreK–12 Education; Higher Education; Industry & Professional; Covid-19 Resources; About Us; United States. The night sky is a very big place to explore, but Kalif narrows it down to what a beginning telescopic observer will enjoy. ~Samantha Mathewson. Please refresh the page and try again. published 1989, avg rating 4.32 — Author Lucas Ellerbroek highlights the passion of exoplanet researchers as they learn about the countless planets circling other stars. published 1998, avg rating 4.20 — 4 ratings — Dean Regas, an astronomer and public outreach educator for the Cincinnati Observatory, has gathered together all the cool, quirky and mind-blowing facts you probably never knew you'd want to know about the universe. Women computers at the Harvard College Ovesrvatory were then tasked with interpreting those observations, captured on photographic glass plates. All you have to do is figure out a way to heat the ice cube up to a temperature of 1032 degrees Kelvin. As it speeds through orders of magnitude, from the largest to the smallest, it stops in lots of fascinating corners of the universe along the way. 25 ratings — See It with a Small Telescope: 101 Cosmic Wonders Including Planets, Moons, Comets, 100 Things to See in the Southern Night Sky: From Planets and Satellites to Meteors, (Image credit: Scientific American/Farrar, Straus and Giroux), Making Contact Jill Tarter and the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence, (Image credit: Farrar, Straus and Giroux), Spooky Action at a Distance: The Phenomenon That Reimagines Space and Time--and What, Black Holes & Time Warps: Einstein's Outrageous Legacy, The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark, Hyperspace: A Scientific Odyssey Through Parallel Universes, Time Warps, and the. 3,609 ratings — 1 rating — "NightWatch" assumes that the reader has no prior experience with astronomy. 278 ratings — And, while some of the terms and scientific concepts in the book might seem intimidating at first, Starkey does an expert job laying out explanations in a way that is uniquely accessible. published 1988, avg rating 4.33 — In her debut book "Catching Stardust," space scientist Natalie Starkey breaks down misconceptions about comets and asteroids while delving into some of the reasons why it is so vital that we study them. Readers of all ages can understand and appreciate the contents of this book. Astrobiologist and planetary scientist David Grinspoon argues that our species is arriving at a point that lifeforms across the galaxy may face — become self-sustaining or perish. By Lucas Ellerbroek, translated by Andy Brown. United States; United Kingdom; Global; Sign In; Contact Us; Bookbag; Astronomy… 8 ratings — ~Hanneke Weitering. 113 ratings — Please deactivate your ad blocker in order to see our subscription offer. The bookre chapter is dedicated to stargazing technology, like binoculars and telescopes. published 1966, avg rating 4.18 — is a great place to start. (Image: © NASA, ESA, Hubble Heritage Team) published 1978, avg rating 3.81 — Author Dava Sobel follows the stories of several women, which she collected from old diaries, letters and published observatory log books. published 1977, avg rating 3.95 — The large, colorful book has a lot of ground to cover, but it delves into enough detail to spark readers' curiosity, and additional graphics by 5W Infographics pack more information into less space. 10,991 ratings — For any space fan looking to learn crazy, fun facts about the universe, "Facts From Space!" In this best-seller, the renowned physicist breaks down black holes, space and time, the theory of general relativity and much more, and makes it accessible to those of us who aren't rocket scientists. In "Earth in Human Hands," Grinspoon explores the ways that, for good or bad, humans have seized control of the planet. Using the Rosetta and Stardust missions to frame both how and why we study these cosmic objects, Starkey reflects on the history of our human understanding of comets and asteroids. This means "immeasurable heaven" in Hawaiian. There was a problem. We're really not equipped to understand the universe as a 10-dimensional entity — and yet "Hyperspace" explains this revolutionary idea in such a lucid and engaging way that it makes a good deal of sense. published 1981, avg rating 3.84 — published 1980, avg rating 4.00 — published, avg rating 4.00 — Beginners can use this book as an introduction to stargazing, while more experienced readers will find the book to be a useful field guide that can serve as a reference for locating and identifying stars, constellations, meteor showers, eclipses and even satellites. 2 ratings — 30,135 ratings — In "Finding Our Place in the Universe," French astrophysicist Helene Courtois describes the invigorating quest to discover the Milky Way's home.