The thing with astronomy is that you need to read as much information as possible if you want to fully understand how this entire Universe works. Books are the only gate to knowledge and they allow you to find interesting things and theories written by experts that have already gained experience after years or decades of studying astronomy.
Since I like to share with other my all-time passion, I’ve decided to give you a list of books that I’ve read. All of these suggestions are based on things I find interesting as well as the way they explain facts and terms so that even an astronomy novice can understand.
‘The Backyard Astronomer’s Guide’ by Terence Dickinson and Alan Dyer
This book is basically a useful guide that treats all levels of astronomy so it’s a great start for a beginner that wants to get a clear view of the basics. If you’re keen to learn how to choose a great telescope or how to read celestial maps, this book is meant for you.
Another major aspect is that the book provides more than 500 color photographs and different illustrations, along with a 20-page guide about the Milky Way.
‘Astronomy: A Beginner’s Guide to the Universe’ by Eric Chaisson and Steve McMillan
If you plan on taking the astronomy hobby to the next level, I strongly recommend you to read this amazing book written by well-respected authors in the field. In fact, Eric Chaisson holds a Doctorate degree in Astrophysics released by the Harvard University while Steve McMillan is a great scientist that has developed educational programs at the Space Telescope Science Institute.
This creative book establishes an interesting and unique way of learning everything about stars. It’s a good tool for beginners as well because the words used to describe the astronomical events don’t require much experience. Plus, there’s a CD included and a list of sources if you want to expand the topics discussed in the book.
‘Discover the Stars’ by Richard Berry
The reason why I chose this book is that I believe it’s great to have an expert such as Richard Berry giving us insights regarding everything that takes place up in the sky. Easy to read and to comprehend, this written treasure starts with a display of some of the majority of the celestial objects that can be seen with the naked eye and then moves on to different stargazing locations that require a telescope or a great pair of binoculars.