10 Best Astronomy and Astrophysics Books

6. “Making Contact” by Sarah Scoles

The Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI) was an initiative taken by a few scientists to discover signs of other civilizations across the universe. Sarah Scoles narrates the biography of one of the most renowned SETI scientists, Jill Tarter. She begins from her childhood, and focuses on her relationship with her family, who motivated her to pursue her education.

In the 60s, Tartar was the only female engineer in her class, and her career was a series of never-ending struggles against the bureaucracy and fellow scientists, who didn’t have faith in an expedition on hunting for aliens.

Naturally, Tarter had to struggle to find funding and resources, and finally, she managed to found a private agency, run by private donors. She embarked on her dream of searching for extraterrestrial beings and aliens. The book is a touching and moving tale of dedication and passion that constantly plays with the emotions of the reader.

Making Contact Best Astronomy and Astrophysics Book
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7. “A Brief History of Time” by Stephen Hawking

In his groundbreaking bestseller, Stephen Hawking, an influential physicist and writer, narrates the history of the universe, black holes, space, time, and the theory of general relativity along with a lot more. In simpler words, this book makes it much easier for space enthusiasts who are not rocket scientists to understand the phenomenon of space and all its mysteries. It is a greater book for anyone who seeks to learn about the history of the universe.

A Brief History of Time Best Astronomy and Astrophysics Book
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8. “Sun Moon Earth” by Tyler Nordgren

Over the years, history has witnessed the evolution of solar eclipses as dreaded omens of nature to a fascinating subject of scientific inquiry. “Sun Moon Earth: The History of Solar Eclipses from Omens of Doom to Einstein and Exoplanets” is an engrossing book by prominent astronomer and artist, Tyler Nordgren.

Nordgren has provided a natural history of the evolution of solar eclipses and how eclipse chasers and scientists have traveled across the globe to understand and witness the occurrence of these natural phenomenon. This book allows the reader to understand how scientists have made groundbreaking discoveries about the role and place of the sun, moon and the Earth in the universe by observing total solar eclipses.

Sun Moon Earth Best Astronomy and Astrophysics Book
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