Astronomy for Beginners

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"But I enjoy reading to him and looking for stars" - by Amazon Customer
Full of information but a bit wordy. Bought for my husband who had a stroke so it's difficult for him. But I enjoy reading to him and looking for stars.
"This Book is Wonderful!" - by wgc
I am fascinated by the universe but know very little. This book uses perfect illustrations/photographs and clear, concise explanations of the elements in our visible universe. If this subject interests you, I highly(!) recommend this book.
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"Bought for my wife as a gift to go along ..." - by DadStayedHome
Bought for my wife as a gift to go along with the telescope i bought her. She is not much of a talker but she spent 3 days after christmas going through and telling me about what and when we could go into the back yard and see things. I asked her and she said she loves it. Its an extremely basic book so don't expect to be an astronomer after the first read through.
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"Absolutely excellent" - by John S.
In looking for a good book about astronomy, I was surprised by the lack of comprehensive volumes on the topic. I for one am hugely interested in how the solar system works, and especially stars and planets beyond our own sun.
Look no further. This book is a ROYAL FEAST of gorgeous pictures and enthralling facts and figures about our universe. For anyone who has an insatiable curiosity about the cosmos, this book is perfect. All eight main planets in the solar system are described in detail, and a surprising bonus was the descriptions of all the major moons of the outer planets! In addition to this, surface maps are provided of the moon as well as the terrestrial planets.
For constellation buffs, about 40% of the book is dedicated to information about the constellations and monthly star charts.
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"Astronomy - A Beginner's Guide" - by Annette L. Cholock (Pennsylvania)
Great book. Covers all areas of astronmomy and is written in an easy to follow manner. Good illustrations and diagrams to explain concepts.

The Mastering Astronomy website access that comes with it is awesome. Lots of interactive diagrams to further explain concepts. Cool videos for some topics as well. I liked the NASA video of dropping a feather and a brick on the Moon to see that they do both fall at the same rate when there is no atmosphere, confirming Newton's Laws. Good site to practice tests as well.

I have this book as a textbook for intro astronomy, but it would be good for anyone wanting an up-to-date book on this topic.
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"Astronomy - A Beginner's Guide" - by Annette L. Cholock (Pennsylvania)
Great book. Covers all areas of astronmomy and is written in an easy to follow manner. Good illustrations and diagrams to explain concepts.

The Mastering Astronomy website access that comes with it is awesome. Lots of interactive diagrams to further explain concepts. Cool videos for some topics as well. I liked the NASA video of dropping a feather and a brick on the Moon to see that they do both fall at the same rate when there is no atmosphere, confirming Newton's Laws. Good site to practice tests as well.

I have this book as a textbook for intro astronomy, but it would be good for anyone wanting an up-to-date book on this topic.
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"pluto's still a planet" - by Heather F.
What a fun book. The pictures are great and the facts in here are fun. It seems a bit outdated where it still lists Pluto as a planet...unless things have changed and Pluto's been upgraded back to planet. Great tips on how to find constellations.
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"Astronomy Fun" - by ZacharyKindle Customer
Fun book for trivia, great for morning openers for Science teachers!
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"Good book for beginners." - by Peter Wesson
I already have a reasonable knowledge of astronomy but read this book as a preview of astronomy that I would like to share with my grandchildren. It was concise and well written . Thank you.
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"Five Stars" - by Roger S.
Great for student use... it surely beats carrying around the paper volume.
"Excellent Companion Book to Go with a First Telescope!" - by Zachary J. Millimet (Dulles, VA 20189)
We bought this book as a companion to giving our daughter a Celestron Cosmos FirstScope for her 7th birthday. The book is great and both our 7 and 5 year old enjoy reading it (being read to) at night. In some respects, the material is presented more simply that the Cosmos TV series presented material, but at the same time, the book is extremely well written, very educational, and reads well. It has promoted a great discussion about the speed of light, with my children turning the lights on and off to see if they can see light move, and the other night when reading about planets and the solar system, to help illustrate the points being made in the book we all got off the couch and role played as the Sun, Earth, and Moon rotating around each other - it was a great time indeed! ... full review
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"A good introduction to astronomy." - by Jude Moretti
This book is an excellent guide for all beginners who want to learn more about the stars. It helps you explore the universe and it provides information about one of the largest blocks: galaxies. This overview will give you the incentive to dig deeper and learn more about constellations and stars.
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"Basic Astronomy info - I'm new to Astronomy so it was absolutely perfect." - by JOEnSF (San Francisco, CA)
All the basics about astronomy are in this no-nonsense, non-technical book written for those who know little to nothing about the wonders of the universe.
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"Loved it" - by julia443
Great informational books for elementary students
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"Gift." - by sylvia grein
Great gift!