Compiled & Reviewed by Jon Hodge, Santa Monica College's Drescher Planetarium


Introductory Books on Astronomy & Observing:

The Astronomy Cafe by Sten Odenwald - Freeman
Atlas of the Universe by Patrick Moore - Cambridge University Press
The Backyard Astronomer's Guide by Terence Dickinson and Alan Dyer - Firefly Books - REVIEW

Binocular Astronomy by Craig Crossen & Wil Tirion - Willmann-Bell
Celestial Delights: The Best Astronomical Events Through 2010 by Francis Reddy - Celestial Arts - REVIEW

Complete Idiot's Guide to Astronomy by Christopher DePree & Alan Axelrod - Alpha Books
Edmund SKY GUIDE by Terence Dickinson and Sam Brown - Edmund Scientific
Guide to Amateur Astronomy by Newton and Teece - Cambridge University Press
NightWatch: A Practical Guide to Viewing the Universe by Terence Dickinson - Firefly Books - REVIEW

Princeton Field Guide to Stars & Planets by Ian Ridpath & Wil Tirion - Princeton Univ. Pr. - REVIEW
Star and Sky by Robert Burnham - Discovery Communications
Star Ware: The Amateur Astronomer's Ultimate Guide, 3nd ed. by Philip Harrington - Wiley - REVIEW

Stargazing: Exploring the Stars with Binoculars & Telescopes by John Mosley - Barnes & Noble
Starlight Nights by Leslie Peltier - Sky Publishing - REVIEW

The Stars, a New Way to See Them by H.A. Rey - Cambridge Univ. Pr. - REVIEW
The Starry Room by Fred Schaaf - Wiley
The Universe and Beyond by Terence Dickinson - Firefly Books
The Universe and How to See It by Giles Sparrow - Reader's Digest Books
Turn Left at Orion
by Guy Consolmagno and Dan Davis - Houghton Mifflin - REVIEW
A Walk Through the Heavens, 2nd ed. by Milton D. Heifetz and Wil Tirion - order from Sky Publishing
40 Nights to Knowing the Sky by Fred Schaff - Henry Holt & Co.

Children's Books:

Astronomy for Every Kid, Constellations for Every Kid, and many other books by Janice VanCleave
The Constellations: How They Came to Be by Roy Gallant - Four Winds Press
Do Your Ears Pop in Space? by R. Mike Mullane - Wiley
Find the Constellations
by H.A. Rey - Cambridge Univ. Pr. - REVIEW
How Do You Go to the Bathroom in Space? by William R. Pogue - Tor Books
Life in Outer Space: The Search for Extraterrestrials by Kim McDonald - Raintree Steck-Vaughan
The Moon Seems to Change, The Sky is Full of Stars, and many other books by Franklyn Branley
The Mystery of Mars by Sally Ride & Tam O'Shaughnessy - Crown
There Once Was a Sky Full of Stars by Bob Crelin & illustrated by Amie Ziner - Sky Publishing - REVIEW

Star Factories: The Birth of Stars and Planets by Ray Jayawardhana - Raintree Steck-Vaughan
The Stars by Zim, Baker, & Chartrand - Golden Books

Star Atlases & Guides:

Atlas of the Moon by Antonin Rükl - Kalmbach Books
Bright Star Atlas by Wil Tirion - Willmann-Bell
Cambridge Star Atlas 2000.0 by Wil Tirion - Cambridge University Press
Edmund Mag 6 Star Atlas, Terence Dickinson, Costanzo, and Chaple - Edmund Scientific
Eyewitness Handbooks: Stars and Planets by Ian Ridpath & Amie Gallagher - DK Publishing
The Night Sky planisphere by David Chandler - order from David Chandler or Sky Publishing - REVIEW

Sky Atlas for Small Telescopes and Binoculars by David and Billie Chandler - David Chandler

Special Topics:

The Art of Chesley Bonestell by Ron Miller & Frederick Durant - Paper Tiger Press
The Big Splat, or How Our Moon Came to Be by Dana Mackenzie - John Wiley - REVIEW
Brother Astronomer: Adventures of a Vatican Scientist by Br. Guy Consolmagno, SJ - McGraw Hill
The Christmas Star by John Mosley - Griffith Observatory
Color and Light in Nature by David Lynch & William Livingston - Cambridge University Press
Cosmic Butterflies: The Colorful Mysteries of Planetary Nebulae by Sun Kwok - Cambridge University Press
Extreme Stars: At the Edge of Creation by James Kaler - Cambridge University Press - REVIEW

Flash! The Hunt for the Biggest Explosions in the Universe by Govert Schilling - Cambridge University Press
History of Earth: An Illustrated Chronicle of an Evolving Planet by William Hartmann & Ron Miller - Workman Pub.
Hubble Vision: Further Adventures With the HST by Carolyn Petersen & John Brandt - Cambridge Univ. Pr.
The Hundred Greatest Stars by James Kaler - Cambridge University Press - REVIEW

The Life and Death of Planet Earth by Peter Ward & Donald Brownlee - Times Books - REVIEW
Meteorites: A Journey Through Space and Time by Alex Bevan & John de Laeter - Smithsonian
The Moon Book by Kim Long - Johnson Books
Rocks From Space by O. Richard Norton - Mountain Press Publishing

History (and Prehistory) of Astronomy:

Ancient Astronomers by Anthony Aveni - Smithsonian Books
The Beginnings of Western Science by David Lindberg - University of Chicago
The Book of the Cosmos ed. by Dennis Danielson - Perseus Publishing
Cambridge Illustrated History of Astronomy by Michael Hoskin - Cambridge University Press - REVIEW

Celestial Treasury: From Music of the Spheres to Conquest of Space by Lachièze-Rey & Luminet - Cambridge
Discoveries and Opinions of Galileo editted by Sillman Drake - Anchor
Galileo by Michael Sharratt - Blackwell
Galileo in Rome by
William R. Shea and Mariano Artigas - Oxford Univ. Press - REVIEW
Galileo's Daughter: A Historical Memoir of Science, Faith, and Love by Dava Sobel - Penguin - REVIEW
Our Universe: The Thrill of Extragalactic Exploration ed. by S. Alan Stern - Cambridge Univ. Pr.
Parallax: The Race to Measure the Cosmos by Alan Hirschfeld - W.H. Freeman
Skywatchers, Shamans, and Kings by E.C. Krupp - Wiley
Stairways to the Stars: Skywatching in Three Great Ancient Cultures by Anthony Aveni - Wiley
Star Struck: 1,000 Years of the Art & Science of Astronomy by Brashear & Lewis - Univ/Washington Pr.
Stars of the First People: Native American Star Myths by Dorcas Miller - Pruett Publishing
The Sun in the Church: Cathedrals as Solar Observatories by J.L. Heilbron - Harvard University Press

Solar System:

The Case for Mars by Robert Zubrin - Free Press
Full Moon by Michael Light - Alfred A. Knopf
Great Comets by Robert Burnham - Cambridge University Press
Higher than Everest: An Adventurer's Guide to the Solar System bu Paul Hodge - Cambridge Univ. Pr.
Magnificent Mars by Ken Croswell - Free Press - REVIEW

A Man on the Moon by Andrew Chaikin - Penguin
Mining the Sky by John S. Lewis - Addison-Wesley
The New Solar System, 4th Edition ed. by Beatty, Petersen, & Chaikin - Sky Pub. & Cambridge Univ. Pr.
To a Rocky Moon: A Geologist's History of Lunar Exploration by Don Wilhelms - University of Arizona Press
A Traveler's Guide to Mars by William K. Hartmann - Workman Publishing - REVIEW

Uncovering the Secrets of the Red Planet by Paul Raeburn & Matt Golombek - National Geographic Society


The Annotated Flatland by Edwin A. Abbott with introduction & notes by Ian Stewart - Perseus Publishing - REVIEW
Before the Beginning: Our Universe & Others
by Martin Rees - Addison-Wesley
A Brief History of Time by Stephen Hawking - Bantam, Doubleday, Dell
Coming of Age in the Milky Way by Timothy Ferris - Morrow
The Five Ages of the Universe by Fred Adams & Greg Laughlin - Free Press
The Little Book of the Big Bang: A Cosmic Primer by Craig Hogan - Copernicus
Lonely Hearts of the Cosmos by Dennis Overbye - Harper Collins - REVIEW

A Short History of the Universe by Joseph Silk - Scientific American Library (Freeman)
The Whole Shebang: A State of the Universe(s) Report by Timothy Ferris - Simon & Schuster

Extra-Terrestrial Life:

The Fifth Miracle by Paul Davies - Simon & Schuster
Planet Quest: The Epic Discovery of Alien Solar Systems by Ken Croswell - Free Press
Rare Earth by Peter Ward & Donald Brownlee - Copernicus
Worlds Unnumbered: The Search for Extrasolar Planets by Donald Goldsmith - University Science Books

Basic Science or Reference Books:

Conceptual Physics by Paul Hewitt - Addison-Wesley
How Things Work: The Physics of Everyday Life by Leo Bloomfield - Wiley
The Sciences: An Integrated Approach by Trefil, Hazen, & Gauden - Wiley

Annual Publications:

Astronomical Calendar 2004 by Guy Ottwell - Furman University (available through Sky Publishing) - REVIEW
Observer's Handbook 2004 edited by Rajiv Gupta - RASC (available through Sky Pub.) - REVIEW

Desktop Planetarium/Astronomical Software:

The Sky - Software Bisque (Mac & Windows)
Starry Night (two versions: Pro & Deluxe) - Sienna Software (Mac & Windows)
Voyager III - CarinaSoft (Mac & Windows)
Check the Software Showcase review column in Sky & Telescope magazine each month.

Educational Resources and Supplies:

Astronomical Society of the Pacific - books, posters, slides, software, et al. related to astronomy
For a FREE catalog call: (800) 962-3412 or visit:

Edmund Scientific - everything under the Sun: science stuff, technology stuff, and just plain weird stuff
For a FREE catalog call: (800) 728-6999 or visit:

Finley-Holiday Films - space and natural history related DVDs, videotapes, and JPL slide sets
For a FREE catalog call: (800) 728-6999 or visit:

Orion Telescopes and Binoculars - inexpensive, but good, amateur telescopes, et al.
For a FREE catalog call: (800) 345-6707 or visit:

Project STAR, Hands-on Science Materials - paper-tube telescopes, diffraction grating material, books, etc.
For a FREE catalog call: (800) 537-8703 or visit:

Sky Publishing - Publihers of Sky & Telescope magazine, they also distribute books, posters, videotapes, etc.
For a FREE catalog call: (800) 253-0245 or visit:

Spaceshots - beautiful posters, prints, and maps of astronomical objects and satellite photos of Earth.
For a FREE catalog call: (800) 272-2779 or visit:

The Universe in the Classroom - FREE on request for any educator. Write to:
Astronomical Society/Pacific, Teacher's Newsletter Dept., 390 Ashton Ave., San Francisco, CA 94112
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