I want to learn about Astronomy, any suggestions for a good book, and easy to read?I want to learn about Astronomy, any suggestions for a good book, and easy to read?

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Noelle Thompson eNotes educator| Certified Educator

It would be my pleasure!  I would suggest A Guide to Skywatching by David Levy.  Please keep in mind that even though I have studied Astronomy in an academic setting, I am suggesting a book that was NOT used in academics.  (I am making this assumption based on the tone of your question, of course.)  This one is an easy read, ... set up in a very easy format consisting of the history of skywatching (Galileo and the like), a general presentation of space, easy/readable star maps, constellations and their stories, and ending with our solar system.  Full of pictures and interesting facts.  In fact, I would say that the book is HALF pictures.  Definitely a great book to start with!

jayhigbee eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Stephen Hawking's A Brief History of Time is a good introduction. He also has co-authored a couple of children's books with his daughter Lucy: George's Secret Key to the Universe and George's Cosmic Treasure Hunt. I believe that A Brief History of Time has also been made into a film. He also has written several other books among them are The Universe in a Nutshell, Black Holes and Baby Universes and Other Essays, and A Briefer History of Time.

litteacher8 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

It is not a book, but there is a fascinating iPad or iPhone app for this.  You just point your phone at the sky and it knows where you are using GPS, and uses it to show you what's in the sky above you.  You can see constellations, the names of stars, and so on.  Very cool!

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