Books and Reading Materials


Here is a brief compilation of current and classic nonfiction popular books on astronomy and space science that we think are both informative and entertaining:

  • 100 Things to See in the Night Sky by Dean Regas (2017)
  • A Brief History of Time by Stephen Hawking (1988)
  • A Briefer History of Time by Stephen Hawking (2005)
  • Ask an Astronaut by Time Peake (2017)
  • Asteroid Hunters by Carries Nugent (2017)
  • Astrophysics for People in a Hurry by Neil degrasse Tyson (2017)
  • Black Holes & Time Warps: Einstein’s Outrageous Legacy by Kip Thorne (1994)
  • Catching Stardust by Natalie Starkey (2018)
  • Chasing New Horizons: Inside the Epic First Mission to Pluto by Alan Stern and David Grinspoon (2018)
  • Cosmos by Carl Sagan (1980)
  • Earth and Human Hands: Shaping our Planet’s Future by David Grinspoon (2016)
  • Exoplanets: Diamond Worlds, Super Earths, Pulsar Planets and the New Search for Life Beyond Our Solar System by Michael Summers and James Trefil (2017)
  • Facts from Space! By Dean Regas (2016)
  • Galileo’s Daughter by Dava Sobel (1999)
  • Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly (2016)
  • Hyperspace: A Scientific Odyssey Through Parallel Universes, Time Warps, and the Tenth Dimension (1994)
  • Left Brains for the Right Stuff: Computers, Space, and History by Hugh Blair-Smith (2015)
  • Making Contact: The Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence by Sarah Scoles (2017)
  • NightWatch: A Practical Guide to Viewing the Universe by Terence Dickinson (2016)
  • Pale Blue Dot: A vision of the Human Future in Space by Carl Sagan (1997)
  • Planet Hunters: The Search for Extraterrestrial Life by Lucas Ellerbroek (2017)
  • See It with a Small Telescope by Will Kalif (2017)
  • Spooky Action at a Distance by George Musser (2015)
  • Sun Moon and Earth: History of Solar Eclipses from Omens of Doom by Tyler Nordgren (2016)
  • The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark by Carl Sagan (1995)
  • The Fabric of the Cosmos by Brian Greene (2004)
  • The Future of Humanity: Terraforming Mars, Interstellar Travel, Immortality, and Our Destiny Beyond Earth by Michio Kaku
  • The Glass Universe by Dava Sobel (2016)
  • The Planet Factory: Exoplanets and the Search for a Second Earth by Elizabeth Tasker (2017)
  • The Planets by Dava Sobel (2005)
  • The Zoomable Universe by Caleb Scharf (2017)
  • Turn Left at Orion: Hundreds of night sky objects to see in a home telescope and how to find them by Guy Consolmagno and Dan Davis (2011)


Many amateur astronomers have technical backgrounds, and so might enjoy some of the more technically challenging books listed below:



** If you have any thoughts or opinions on any of these books or would like recommend a book, article, other resource, we’d like to hear from you! Comment below.