Many of us have heard of space celebrities such as Tim Peake and Brian Cox writing about this topic, but – while books of that kind are included on this list – there are a wide range of great titles to be read in your search for an understanding of the Universe. Some of these will help amateur astronomers get to grips with the night sky, while others will bring heart-warming tales of the collaboration and community within the space industry.
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The best books about space, astronomy and the Universe
Night Sky Almanac 2022: A Stargazer’s Guide
Royal Observatory Greenwich, Storm Dunlop, Wil Tirion and Collins Astronomy
What better gift for an amateur astronomer than an answer to all of their queries in one, pocket-sized companion?
Detailed with facts, advice and key dates to look out and up for throughout the year, plus monthly calendars to reveal the delights of the night sky wherever you are. For fans of The Almanac series or subscribers of Sky at Night magazine, this is an essential piece of kit.
Stories in the Stars: An Atlas of Constellations
Susanna Hislop and Hannah Waldron
This book lists all 88 constellations by size, from Andromeda (the chained maiden) to Vulpecula (the little fox), each beautifully illustrated by artist Hannah Waldron, while Susanna Hislop’s accompanying text goes beyond the usual creation myths to include facts about legendary astronomers and more.
Stories in the Stars is both an imaginative and in-depth collection of human's encounters with the night sky.
Ask An Astronaut: My Guide to Life in Space
Who better to describe life in space than someone who’s walked the (space)walk? Peake pens answers to the public’s burning questions, revealing what space smells like, how he enjoyed a cosmic cuppa, and what it felt like to return to Earth.
Of course, his other books are all well worth a read, too. Try Limitless if you're a fan of autobiographies, or The Astronaut Selection Test Book for a series of puzzles and quizzes to see if you've got what it takes to go into space. Try your hand at a test for the ISS on sciencefocus.com.
- Read our Tim Peake interview after his return to Earth
The End of Everything (Astrophysically Speaking)
The end of the Universe may be a common feature in science fiction, but this one isn’t a crisis that can be averted by a team of superheroes. The Universe really will come to an end one way or another, and we have an idea how – five ideas, actually.
In The End of Everything (Astrophysically Speaking), astrophysicist Dr Katie Mack dives into these five possible apocalypses, from the Universe gradually fading out to the ‘quantum bubble of death’.
- Listen to our podcast with Katie Mack
- See more new books in our list of the best titles out this month
A History of the Universe in 21 Stars (and 3 imposters)
This accessible, illustrated guide to the cosmos is for both the new and the experienced stargazer.
Writer Giles Sparrow tells the stories of well-known 'celebrity' stars such as Proxima Centauri, Betelgeuse and our very own Sun, but also of those holding the sky's secrets; supernovae, quasars and dark matter. Through these 21 stars (and 3 imposters) he reveals the impact that astronomy has played on science's understanding of the past, present and future.
- Giles Sparrow explains the diagram that changed the Universe
Spacefarers: How Humans Will Settle the Moon, Mars, and Beyond
If the end of the world really is imminent, perhaps we should start looking for another one. The obvious choices are the Moon or Mars, but there are lots of other places in the Solar System we could try, each with their own problems and opportunities. We could try floating above Venus in balloon cities, or living in caves inside our very own asteroid.
Wanjek discusses the practicalities of moving away from the planet where we evolved. How might we cope with microgravity, or the lack of air pressure? And if we could terraform another planet… why not just stay on Earth?
- Move over, Mars: why we should look further afield for future human colonies
Is There Anybody Out There?
Dara Ó Briain
Looking for space books for kids? This illustrated and informative book is aimed at 9+ years.
The hilarious Dara Ó Briain offers scientific answers to questions such as: how did life begin? How was the Earth created? Do aliens exist?
The Art of Urban Astronomy: A Guide to Stargazing Wherever You Are
Stargazing does not have to be complicated, reveals Abigail Beall in this beautifully compact guide. It's not a hobby reserved for those who can afford a telescope, nor is it completely inaccessible to city-goers who spend most of their time under a light-polluted sky.
There are a few tricks and techniques that Beall shares, but ultimately, she advocates for the simple power – and wonder – in looking up.
- Read Abigail Beall's guide to stargazing without a telescope
The Last Stargazers: The Enduring Story of Astronomy’s Vanishing Explorers
Astronomer Emily Levesque charts the history of the profession, following her colleagues across the globe and back in time. But now, we sit at the precipice of a new way of observing the stars – through robots, instead of our own eyes – and that has consequences across the sciences.
Levesque's writing is witty and honest, and asks us all to reconsider our relationship with the Universe.
- Read more about astronomy
They Are Already Here: UFO Culture and Why We See Saucers
Why do so many people believe that aliens have visited Earth? Where does our depiction of 'flying saucers' come from? And what does UFO culture reveal about our psychology?
Science writer Sarah Scoles digs into the deep, sometimes dark, world of UFO conspiracies and stories for this fascinating book, mixing serious anecdotes from the community (told sceptically but sensitively) with real scientific research from across a range of disciplines.
- Read an extract from Sarah Coles' book: Conspiracies and FBI secrets: Why we love UFOs
Black Hole Survival Guide
What would happen if you fell into a black hole? Janna Levin, a professor of physics and astronomy, reveals what her research has told us about these mysterious objects, and what we do and don't know about falling into one.
For fans of Jim Al-Khalili's The World According to Physics, this book is an accessible and engaging introduction to one of the Universe's most extraordinary phenomena.
- Take a trip into a black hole in this extract from Janna Levin's book
I am a book. I am a portal to the Universe.
Stefanie Posavec and Miriam Quick
This book has 112 pages. It is a square, 20cm high and wide. It weighs 450g. It knows the secrets of the Universe. Open it up, dive into the data, and be prepared to want to share everything you learn with everyone around you.
The Zoologist’s Guide to the Galaxy: What animals on Earth reveal about aliens and ourselves
Dr Arik Kershenbaum
Scientists are increasingly confident that there is life elsewhere in the Universe. But what would that life look like?
Taking the growing body of information about other planets, applying the laws of biology, principles of chemistry, and his knowledge of Earth's history, Kershenbaum presents the possibilities for alien creatures with confidence.
- Read Dr Arik Kershenbaum's introduction to alien life
Not Necessarily Rocket Science: A Beginner's Guide to Life in the Space Age
Straight from the pen of a scientist working with commercial spaceflight comes a memoir of getting into the air. Kellie Gerardi has worked with NASA, tested technology that would be sent to the International Space Station, and helped develop programmes for future space exploration.
But, it hasn't always been glamorous, says Gerardi. "Working my way up as young woman in a predominantly male industry often meant that I was the only woman in the meeting, at the dinner, on the stage, or in one case, at the entire company," she says on her website. That's why this book aims to make the space industry accessible to all, and it lands perfectly.
The Human Cosmos: A Secret History of the Stars
Humans have always been fascinated by the stars. But why are we so drawn to these celestial objects? Jo Marchant reveals this historical relationship through beautifully told stories, of gods and spirits, mathematicians and physicists.
Praised by great authors, including award-winning science journalist Gaia Vince, The Human Cosmos is not just a pleasure to read, it's one you'll want to share with everyone you know who is interested in astronomy.
- Read an extract from The Human Cosmos: Life on Mars: The story of meteorite ALH84001
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Looking for stargazing tips? Check out our complete astronomy for beginners UK guide.
Learn the Night Sky with the Unaided Eye
Astronomy is an outdoor nature hobby, so the best way to begin is to go out into the night and learn the starry names and patterns overhead. Buy yourself an inexpensive planisphere, which shows the constellations visible at any time throughout the year.
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Study the major points about space.
Visit your local library to find books about space and consult online encyclopedias. Libraries and civic center often have lectures and presentations on educational topics, including space. Take an introductory class on astronomy at your school.
You need at least a master's degree to become an astrophysicist, though many employers require a doctoral degree. Students can expect to take courses in engineering, physics, astronomy and other science courses. Students need to first complete a bachelor's degree with a major in astrophysics or a similar field.
Astronomy For Dummies is a great book for those who love to read about Astronomy, but not with complicated jargon and explanations. Astronomy For Dummies is easy to read and offers a more simplified look at the science of astronomy.
Origin of the Constellations
Over half of the 88 constellations the IAU recognizes today are attributed to ancient Greek, which consolidated the earlier works by the ancient Babylonian, Egyptian and Assyrian.
You can buy a number of excellent books and textbooks, and learn almost anything on your own. But if you want to do so for any reason other than your personal pleasure you would have to enroll in a graduate program at a well-respected university with a top-flight staff of astrophysicists.
- Open University, UK. The Big Bang. Comparing stars. The evolving Universe. ...
- University of Edinburgh, Scotland. Astrobiology and the Search for Extraterrestrial Life. The Discovery of the Higgs Boson. ...
- edX by Harvard University and MIT, International. Exploring Exoplanets. The Violent Universe.
Common Coursework Astronomy Majors Can Expect
Astronomy coursework begins with math classes, such as calculus and linear algebra. Students may also study physics as well as more advanced classes exploring topics such as electricity, magnetism and optics, quantum mechanics, thermodynamics, and statistical mechanics.
On Christmas Eve, December 24, 1968, the crew of Apollo 8 read from the Book of Genesis as they orbited the Moon. Astronauts Bill Anders, Jim Lovell, and Frank Borman, the first humans to travel to the Moon, recited verses 1 through 10 of the Genesis creation narrative from the King James Bible.
- The Backyard Astronomer's Guide.
- The Secret World of Stargazing.
- The Ultimate Guide to Viewing the Cosmos.
- The Disordered Cosmos.
- Light in the Darkness.
- Brief Answers to the Big Questions.
- Our Universe: An Astronomer's Guide.
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Astronomy is hard to study because you need a good understanding of math and physics. The material can seem dry at times, and you will have to study topics like atomic physics for hours on end.
Because some knowledge of physics and calculus is necessary to understand many astronomical phenomena, the Astronomy major requires the first two semesters each of physics and calculus also required of Physics majors and Astrophysics majors.
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In a beginning astronomy class, children will learn about objects in space and their role in the universe. They'll study the discoveries of astronomers throughout time. Tools used in space exploration, including telescopes and rockets, are also included.
The best way to start exploring the night sky is with the unaided eye. Our star wheels are easy to use, and in no time you'll learn the constellations and names of the stars. And that's only the beginning! Stargazing Projects for the Family.
If you want to just get a basic understanding, you can read popular articles online. If you want to get an undergraduate degree, this would require taking online courses, you can't just self-learn. And certainly if you wanted to do it professionally, nobody is going to hire a self-taught astrophysicist.
If you have a talent for math and physics, it's not that hard. You will need to study seriously because Astrophysics combines a lot of disciplines. If you enjoy the puzzles it is great fun. If you don't have the talent for math and physics it's not impossible, but a lot harder.
The salaries of Astrophysicists in the US range from $16,134 to $422,641 , with a median salary of $77,499 . The middle 57% of Astrophysicists makes between $77,499 and $192,154, with the top 86% making $422,641.
Astronomy For Dummies, 4th Edition.
Astronomy is the study of the Universe and everything in it, including planets, stars, galaxies, comets, and black holes. It's full of huge distances, gigantic sizes, and long periods of time.
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Proxima Centauri, the closest star to our own, is still 40,208,000,000,000 km away. (Or about 268,770 AU.)
Some of the scientific disciplines that are in the best position to lead to a job at NASA include astronomy, atmospheric science, physics and astrobiology, the field of space biology. NASA employs 15 different types of scientists, proving that scientists in all specialties play an important role in space exploration.
Professionals in astronomy have the ability to conduct research and test out their theories. When they've finished their research, it's rewarding for many to present their findings to the general public. Plus, careers in astronomy provide a comfortable living wage.
It takes about 10 years of education beyond normal high school education to become a research astronomer. Astronomers are usually comfortable with computers, both usage and programming, in addition to being knowledgeable about basic science, especially physics.
Astrophysics creates physical theories of small to medium-size objects and structures in the universe. Astronomy measures the positions, luminosities, motions and other characteristics of celestial objects. Cosmology covers the cosmos' largest structures and the universe as a whole.
Edx offers both individual courses and advanced programs designed to help you learn about astronomy in an engaging and effective online learning environment complete with video tutorials, quizzes and more. Additionally, edX offers the option to pursue verified certificates in astronomy courses.
What is astronomy? Astronomy is the branch of science that studies the universe, the stars and the planets. Astronomy combines aspects of maths and physics to study how the universe was formed and the celestial bodies that are contained within it. It is the oldest of the natural sciences.
Pros and cons of this career
- Fun for those who enjoy studying space.
- Sometimes travel.
- Good salary.
- Work a good amount of hours per week.
The median annual wage for astronomers was $128,160 in May 2021. The median wage is the wage at which half the workers in an occupation earned more than that amount and half earned less. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $61,910, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $208,000.
- Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
- Harvard University.
- Stanford University.
- Yale University.
- University of Chicago.
- Johns Hopkins University.
- University of Pennsylvania.
- California Institute of Technology.
At the end of the mission, when Aldrin was headed back to earth, he read aloud a second verse, from the Old Testament, he scrawled on the same notecard, Psalm 8: 3-4: "When I consider thy heavens, the work of thy fingers, the moon and the stars, which thou has ordained; What is man that thou art mindful of him?
“The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and terrible day of the Lord,” – Joel 2:31. “The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and notable day of the Lord.” – Acts 2:20.
b. Bible - The Bible was compiled in the first century AD in Europe by four disciples of Jesus Christ — Saint Mark, Saint John, Saint Mathew and Saint Luke. So, it is the correct option.
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- Women in Space by Karen Bush Gibson.
Sci-Hub is a shadow library website that provides free access to millions of research papers and books, without regard to copyright, by bypassing publishers' paywalls in various ways.
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Scott Kelly was the first NASA astronaut ever to spend a year in space. He writes about his record-breaking experience in two books, ENDURANCE: A Year in Space, A Lifetime of Discovery (Knopf) and MY JOURNEY TO THE STARS (Crown Books for Young Readers), both published on Tuesday, October 17.
- Be a U.S. citizen.
- Have two years of related work experience (or 1,000 hours pilot-in-command time on a jet aircraft)
- Pass the NASA flight astronaut physical.
- Possess a master's degree in a STEM field from an accredited institution.
The Science of Interstellar is a non-fiction book by American theoretical physicist and Nobel laureate Kip Thorne, with a foreword by Christopher Nolan. The book was initially published on November 7, 2014 by W. W. Norton & Company.
Neil Armstrong on the Moon
At 02:56 GMT on 21 July 1969, Armstrong became the first person to step onto the Moon. He was joined by Aldrin 19 minutes later.
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Alyssa Carson, the Youngest Astronaut in Training, Wants to Make Space for Women in STEM. This op-ed talks about the lack of role models and mentors for young women in STEM fields.
In space, people usually experience environmental stressors like microgravity, cosmic radiation, and social isolation, which can all impact aging. Studies on long-term space travel often measure aging biomarkers such as telomere length and heartbeat rates, not epigenetic aging.
So depending on our position and speed, time can appear to move faster or slower to us relative to others in a different part of space-time. And for astronauts on the International Space Station, that means they get to age just a tiny bit slower than people on Earth. That's because of time-dilation effects.
Presently, there are no plans for a sequel film. So, the viewers will have to satisfy themselves with Nolan's masterpiece and the only Interstellar movie made in 2014.
Even though the plot of the movie is obviously fictional, those scenes are in fact real interview clips of actual survivors from the Dust Bowl which nearly destroyed the midwestern United States in the 1930's.
Is interstellar available on Netflix? Yes, it is.
The Martian is an amazing and funny book that is easy to understand and read. Apart from a lot of cursing, it is a well written educational book.
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- Binti: The Complete Trilogy. by Nnedi Okorafor. 4.6 out of 5 stars 1,592. ...
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- Project Hail Mary. by Andy Weir.
Project Hail Mary has received generally positive reviews, and the book was a finalist for the 2022 Hugo Award for Best Novel. The unabridged audiobook is read by Ray Porter. The film rights have been purchased by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.