Check out these top astronomy books for adults. Find astronomy books to complete your knowledge and library. From the basics through telescopes, these astronomy books will give you the insight you need.
1. Beyond Earth
This book is stunningly illustrated. It took my breathe away. Co-published with the Smithsonian Institution to coincide with the opening of "Explore the Universe, " a new exhibition at the National Air and Space Museum, this distinguished volume of essays presents 5,000 years of space exploration--from the Chinese and Aztecs to the Hubble Space Telescope--in a magnificent blend of art and science. 135 archival photos.
2. Space Odyssey
This book takes on that age old question, "What's out there?", and does it admirably. It's a must read.
3. Astronomy for Dummies
By Stephen P. Maran - Like the other dummies books, this puts astronomy information into easy to understand terms.
4. Complete Idiots Guide to Astronomy
This guide provides skywatching buffs with explanations on the stars, the moons, the planets, and other solar systems. Special attention is given to comets, asteroids, and other galactic phenomena.
5. Astronomy Today (4th Edition)
By Eric Chaisson, Steve McMillan - This book is a great text for studying astronomy, whether formally or informally. It is a thoughtful revision of the bestselling introductory text, with dramatic new illustrations and computer simulations. Featuring the familiar inside-out approach, this text is unique among intro texts for its focus on science literacy and comparatively greater weighting in stars/galaxies.
By Terence Dickinson - This is one of my favorite books on stargazing. I recommend it to anyone with an interest in the topic. Often cited as the best introduction to stargazing the 4th edition of NightWatch is revised throughout and includes star charts, equipment suggestions, astrophotography, tables and references good until 2018, and is a friendly and knowledgeable guide.