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Top 10 Astronomy Books of 2005

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Every year, there's a new crop of great astronomy books and 2005 was no exception. Here are our top picks for astronomy books for 2005.

1. The Planets

By Dava Sobel -- Dava Sobel has become one of my favorite authors. In "Galileo's Daughter" & "Longitude," she really made science history come to life. Once again, she works her magic, this time in our own solar system. The Sun's family of planets becomes a familiar place in this guided tour of other worlds. Dava Sobel explores the origins and oddities of the planets through the lens of popular culture, from astrology, mythology, and science fiction to art, music, poetry, biography, and history.

2. What's Out There : Images from Here to the Edge of the Universe

By Stephen Hawking; Mary K. Baumann; Will Hopkins -- No one brings the universe to life like Stephen Hawking. With his words and these amazing images, the universe will come to life for you.
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3. A Briefer History of Time

By Stephen Hawking, Leonard Mlodinow -- Stephen Hawking's worldwide bestseller, A Brief History of Time, has always been one of my inspirstions. With this volume, he brings even more clarity to a complex topic.

4. Universe

By Robert Dinwiddie, Philip Eales, David Hughes, Ian Nicholson, Ian Ridpath, Giles Sparrow, Pam Spence, Carole Stott, Kevin Tildsley, Martin Rees -- DK produces some great books on science. This continues in that same greatb tradition, looking at this very huge topic.

5. Miss Leavitt's Stars: The Untold Story of the Woman Who Discovered How to Measur

By George Johnson -- Nearly a century ago, in a cramped room at the Harvard Observatory, a brilliant woman, now almost forgotten, found the key to the vastness of the universe. This book finally reveals the incredible contributions made by an incredible woman in the days when women were almost second class citizens.

6. Stargazer: The Life and Times of the Telescope

By Fred Watson -- This is a great book, almost like a biography for the telescope. It belongs in every library.

7. From Blue Moons To Black Holes: A Basic Guide To Astronomy, Outer Space, And Spa

By Melanie Melton Knocke -- This is an incredibly comprehensive look at a very complex topic, astronomy.

8. Galileo's Universe

By J. Patrick Lewis, Tom Curry (Illustrator) -- Here's a fascinating look at Galileo Galilei and all his contributions to science.

9. The New Atlas of the Stars: Constellations, Stars And Celestial Objects

By Axel Mellinger, Susanne M. Hoffman -- If you have a telescope, or even just want to stargaze with your naked eyes, this book is a must have.

10. The Stargazing Year: A Backyard Astronomer's Journey Through the Seasons of the

By Charles Laird Calia -- Add this book to The New Atlas of the Stars above and you'll have the beginnings of a great library for amateur astronomers.

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