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As you may have noticed from my other astronomy pages, good books on astronomy are often extremely expensive (if you haven't discovered this, you soon will).  It's also true though that these books can be highly technical.  I like them, though I don't always completely understand them, nor can I always afford them, and they can be quite frightening to someone who is looking to learn a little more but not that much.  So, on this page I've collected astronomy books under $30.00 a piece and many for much less.  Not only are these books more affordable, they also tend toward a layman's view, but even more seasoned astronomers can learn a great deal from them.  You will have to tailor your choice of books to your particular interest and skill, but generally begin with overviews of the universe and work toward the more specific topics as they add detail, or else simple backyard observing projects.  This is also useful when moving the more expensive books.  Enjoy!

P.S. Kids should probably begin with the library or the observational projects.  It depends on the level of the reader.  The kids can teach their parents, too.

Out of this World -- Music (and Videos) with a Space theme

100 Billion Suns: Birth, Life and Death of Stars

365 Starry Nights                   The Accidental Universe

Are We Alone? Philosophical Implications of the Discovery of Extraterrestrial Life

Asteroid: EarthDestroyer or New Frontier?

Before the Big Bang                  The Big Splash

The Binocular Stargazer                   Black Holes

A Brief History of Time*

Bright Galaxies, Dark Matter

Bubbles, Voids and Bumps in Time: The New Cosmology

Cambridge Eclipse Photography Guide

The Case for Space             Celestial Navigation

Chaos in the Cosmos                    City Astronomy

Colliding Galaxies        Cosmic Catastrophes

The Cosmic Onion: Quarks and the Nature of the Universe

Cosmic Questions*         Cosmogenesis*

Destination Mars: In Art, Myth and Science

Earth's Shifting Axis           Equations of Eternity

Eight Easy Observing Projects for Amateur Astronomers

The End of Certainty: Time, Chaos and The New Laws of Nature

The Evening Star: Venus Observed

The Exploding Suns                 Extraterrestrial Intelligence

Exploring the Moon Through Binoculars and Small Telescopes

Exploring the Night Sky with Binoculars

Exploring the Sky: Projects for Beginning Astronomers

First Light                            Frontiers II

The First Three Minutes

From the Big Bang to Planet X: 50 Most Asked Questions and Answers

Future of the Sun         God and the Astronomer

The Great Comet Crash: Impact of Shoemaker-Levy 9 on Jupiter

Guide to the Sun             The History of the Earth

Hubble's Universe            In the Beginning

Impact Jupiter: Crash of Shoemaker-Levy 9

Impact! Threat of Comets and Asteroids

In Search of Planet Vulcan

The Inflationary Universe     An Introduction to Cosmology

Jupiter: The Giant Planet      The Last Three Minutes*

Mars: The Living Planet      Mission to Deep Space

Martian Fossils on Earth?  The Story of Meteorite ALH 84001

Mysteries of Deep Space: Black Holes, Pulsars and Quasars

The Near Planets       The New Astronomy

Northern Lights         Orion, the Hunter

Not by Design: Origin of the Universe

Observing Comets, Asteroids, Meteors and Zodical Light

Origins and Extinctions           Powers of Ten

Planet Quest: The Epic Discovery of Alien Solar Systems

The Planets: Portraits of New Worlds

Practical Astronomy with Your Calculator

Prisons of Light: Black Holes

Puzzling Questions about the Solar System

The Quest for Alien Planets

Quest for Comets         Rain of Iron and Ice

Relatively Speaking *       The Search for Infinity

Rings: Discoveries from Galileo to Voyager

Science, Meaning and Evolution

Suns and Moons, Vol. 1             The Supernova Story

Through the Eyes of Hubble

Time's Arrow and Archimedes' Point

Total Eclipses of the Sun                    Totality

Touring the Universe Through Binoculars

Unveiling the Edge of Time                   The Urban Astronomer

Venus Revealed              Venus: The Geological Story

Vindication of the Big Bang

Voyage to the Great Attractor         Worlds in the Sky

World Treasury of Physics, Astronomy and Mathematics

Star-hopping for Backyard Astronomers

Stardust to Planets: a Geological Tour of the Solar System, Vol. 1

Seven Ideas that Shook the Universe

Small Worlds: Exploring 60 Moons of Our Solar System

The Snows of Olympus: A Garden on Mars

Space, Time and Gravity

Origins: Our Place in Hubble's Universe

Photo-guide to the Constellations

Mapping the Planets and Space

Comets: Creators and Destroyers

Other Worlds: The Search for Life in the Universe

Constellation Guidebook

Doomsday Asteroid

The Ultimate Asteroid Book: The Inside Story on the Threat from the Skies

The Moon

A Brief History of Time

The Cambridge Companion to Galileo

Destiny or Chance : Our Solar System and Its Place in the Cosmos

Planet Quest: The Epic Discovery of Alien Solar Systems


Hawking & Black Holes : The Big Idea

Introduction to Astronomy-- NEW!

Lunaria, Lunar Almanac, 1999

Our Cosmic Origins : From the Big Bang to the Emergence of life and Intelligence

The Elegant Universe: Superstrings, Hidden Dimensions, and the Quest for the Ultimate Theory-- NEW!

Exodus to Arthur : Catastrophic Encounters With Comets-- NEW!

Seven Wonders of the Cosmos-- NEW!

STARGAZING: What to Look for in the Night Sky-- NEW!

Faster : The Acceleration of Just About Everything-- NEW!

Other Worlds : The Solar System and Beyond-- NEW!

Surfing Through Hyperspace : Understanding Higher Universes in Six Easy Lessons-- NEW!

The Caldwell Catalogue-- NEW!

Feynman's Lost Lecture-- NEW!

God's Equation : Einstein, Relativity, and the Expanding Universe-- NEW!

The Heavens on Fire : The Great Leonid Meteor Storms-- NEW!

Impossibility : The Limits of Science and the Science of Limits-- NEW!

Rare Earth : Why Complex Life Is Unknown in the Universe-- NEW!

The Universe, the Eleventh Dimension, and Everything : What We Know and How We Know It-- NEW!

Cosmic Phenomena-- NEW!

Deep Space Astronomy-- NEW!

The Monthly Sky Guide-- NEW!

The Book of Astronomy-- NEW!

The Cambridge Planetary Handbook-- NEW!

The Fabric of the Heavens : The Development of Astronomy and Dynamics-- NEW!

Fire in the Sky: Comets and Meteors, the Decisive Centuries, in Art and Science-- NEW!

Great Comets-- NEW!

Introduction to Astronomy-- NEW!

Majestic Universe : Views from Here to Infinity-- NEW!

The New World of Mr Tompkins : George Gamow's Classic Mr. Tompkins in Paperback-- NEW!

Story of Time-- NEW!


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