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Astronomy

STEM: Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics

The universe is huge and amazing, to say the very least. Here are books on black holes, comets, the discovery of new planets, solar power, the big bang theory, and how to use a telescope in your own back yard.


Planets, Stars, and Galaxies: A Visual Encyclopedia of Our Universe
Planets, Stars, and Galaxies: A Visual Encyclopedia of Our Universe

From the publishers of National Geographic comes a bright, informative, and systematic look at the universe around us, including entries on Saturn's rings, Jupiter's moons, and Hubble's deep-space view, plus first-hand accounts from scientists and astronauts.


Astronomy: Out of This World!
Astronomy: Out of This World!

Like a Facebook for the universe, Astronomy gives every important celestial body and concept its own page where readers can learn its behaviors, likes, and dislikes up close and personal.


The Moon
The Moon

Our nearest neighbor in the cosmos is our very own moon. Carlowicz, a science writer and editor with the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, speaks knowledgeably on lunar science and the mythological, religious, and popular culture associations with the moon and other celestial bodies in our solar system.


The History of Astronomy
The History of Astronomy

This extraordinary book traces the stories of humans interacting with the endless wonders of the night sky, beginning with the earliest superstitions and continuing to the birth and development of the science of astronomy.


Barron's Pocket Factbook: Astronomy: Essential Facts About the Universe
Barron's Pocket Factbook: Astronomy: Essential Facts About the Universe

This compact guide presents essential facts about the solar system, galaxies in deep space, manned space flights, space stations and probes, and much more.


Astronomy: A Visual Guide
Astronomy: A Visual Guide

Garlick provides a well-illustrated introductory survey of historical and current knowledge about the formation and constituents of the universe. Color illustrations include photographs from the Hubble Space Telescope and other space -- and Earth -- based cameras.


The Manga Guide to the Universe
The Manga Guide to the Universe

Explore the far reaches of outer space with fun manga characters eager to explain how our solar system works, how we calculate distance in space, the big bang theory, and theories about the universe's evolution and cosmic expansion.


Planetary Motion
Planetary Motion

Thousands of years ago, people looked at the sky in wonder, fascinated by the motions of a few wandering "stars." Nobody understood where these wandering objects -- now named Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn -- came from, why they moved, or what drove their motions through the sky. Today, people know these objects are planets, but the quest to reach this understanding took thousands of years, and the consequences were profound.


The Big Bang
The Big Bang

Beginning with an overview of the scientific method, this book follows the pioneering observations of Edwin Hubble and early insights in cosmological theory.


Death from the Skies! These Are the Ways the World Will End . . .
Death from the Skies! These Are the Ways the World Will End . . .

According to astronomer Philip Plait, the universe is an apocalypse waiting to happen. But how much do we really need to fear from things like black holes, gamma-ray bursts, and supernovae? And if we should be scared, is there anything we can do to save ourselves?


Stargazing with a Telescope
Stargazing with a Telescope

Scagell introduces novice stargazers to buying and using a telescope and other equipment to observe interesting celestial bodies.


Death Stars, Weird Galaxies, and a Quasar-Spangled Universe: The Discoveries of the Very Large Array Telescope
Death Stars, Weird Galaxies, and a Quasar-Spangled Universe: The Discoveries of the Very Large Array Telescope

The Very Large Array (VLA) radio telescope receives radio signals from outer space. Most are very faint, and in fact, a strong signal would be a cell phone ringing on the moon, which is 238,900 miles away from Earth. The VLA has shown ice on the burning-hot planet of Mercury, has discovered a burst of brand-new star formations, and has probed dying and exploding stars.


Planet Hunter, Geoff Marcy and the Search for Other Earths
Planet Hunter, Geoff Marcy and the Search for Other Earths

Through Marcy's research, more extrasolar planets have been discovered than ever before. New techniques for probing deep space with a powerful telescope developed by his team are changing how all scientists view the galaxy.