Top 10 Books on Space

 

The world of space is certainly intriguing and beautiful. While the science makes it mysterious, the objects in the sky make it alluring and beautiful. But the space world is certainly one of intricacies and unsolved mysteries. And to unravel this mystery people tend to take aid from a variety of expedients. From the telescopes to documentaries and literature, there are so many sources of information available. But the catch here is that space can also be a form of leisure and holiday pastimes. So while you lounge on your patio on a lazy holiday, you have space books as your companions. But choosing the right book can be tricky. So we have combined a list of the 10 most interesting and bestselling books on space and the universe so you can explore a bit more about the world around you and enjoy a riveting time reading an amazing and interesting book.

100 Things to See in the Night Sky

This book is about stargazing and its basics. Dean Regas is an astronomer and public outreach educator at the Cincinnati Observatory in Ohio who helps acquaint you with the basics of stargazing and how to locate and identify the different bright spots in the sky. From constellations to stars, eclipses, meteor showers and satellites, this book is a guide to identify it all

Read it For:
this book provides a hands on guide to stargazing.
Don't Read it For:
if you are a pro stargazer already and are looking for more detail, avoid this one
What makes this book stand out?:
The book is about locating celestial objects without any binoculars, telescopes or anything else. You just need an observant naked eye to identify the stars.

The Zoomable Universe

This book is about breaking down the tangible universe to the smallest hypothetical units. Coupled with illustrations by Ron Miller this book helps break down the formation of the universe, the milky way, planet Earth with concepts of quantum physics and the origin of life.

Read it For:
this book breaks down the most complex of information for the readers answering the most intricate of questions.
Don't Read it For:
this book may seem esoteric for some readers
What makes this book stand out?:
This book elicits the readers inquisitiveness by creating a fascinating environment for the formation of the universe and the origin of life. the colourful graphics make it even more interesting

Artemis

This book revolves around a porter and smuggler Jazz Bashara who is lured into a world of crime. This book documents his adventures on the moon and the subsequent twists in the tale.

Read it For:
a gripping and entertaining account of a man’s journey to the moon
Don't Read it For:
the characterization of the protagonist isn’t up to the mark as some readers have reviewed.
What makes this book stand out?:
The riveting storytelling and entertaining plotline makes for an interesting read

Making Contact

This book is a first hand account of an extra terrestrial scientist, Jill Tarter. From her childhood to her journey as the only woman in her batch, to her doting parents, this book is an inspirational tale of an intelligent, driven woman and her quest for knowledge and glory.

Read it For:
This book is a pioneering account of a woman who gave her life towards the field of extraterrestrial life and her quest of knowledge.
Don't Read it For:
if you are looking for an imaginative tale about science and space, avoid this one
What makes this book stand out?:
This book is a narrative of Tarter’s struggles and the formation of a private agency to research extensively into extraterrestrial life.
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A Hundred Billion Trillion Stars

This book explores the mathematical aspect of space. From huge whooping figures, denoting the distances between the earth, moon and other celestial objects, to different numeric connotations that fill the mind with intrigue, this book has it all.

Read it For:
This book is a fascinating and quantitative take on natural and celestial phenomena
Don't Read it For:
Some readers have pointed out that the excessive emphasis on numbers makes this book eccentric.
What makes this book stand out?:
The numbers and their relationship with nature and space makes for a fascinating read

Planet Hunters’ (Reaktion Books, 2017)

This book revolves around the drive of scientists and researchers to document and explore the movement of celestial objects and other planets around the earth and the entire dynamics around it

Read it For:
this book provides readers with a broader perspective on interplanetary space
Don't Read it For:
if you only believe in theory and the fiction, fantasy and conventional beliefs don’t interest you, avoid this one.
What makes this book stand out?:
This book is not a mere scientific account but a documentary of beliefs, conventions and fantasies surrounding interplanetary space and exoplanets.

Sun Moon Earth

This book explores the most mystical and alluding subject in convention: Eclipses. From the natural history of eclipses and their scientific relevance, everything is covered in this book.

Read it For:
a comprehensive account and a fascinating view of eclipses since historical times
Don't Read it For:
if the draconian concepts of eclipses irk you, probably avoid this one though the exploration is based on a scientific angle
What makes this book stand out?:
This book is a commentary on how total eclipses have elicited research about the place of the sun, moon and the earth in the universe.

Exoplanets

This book revolves around the existence and discovery of strange unknown worlds beyond the solar systems and provides a detailed account of exoplanet research.

Read it For:
This book is a riveting tale of the unknown planets beyond our understanding of the galaxies
Don't Read it For:
this book is not meant for amateurs in the subject of space.
What makes this book stand out?:
The fascinating perspective of what lies beyond is exactly what makes this book all the more interesting.

Cosmos

This book is a commentary on the broad concepts of space and time and compiled into a comprehensive account by Sagan. From anthropology to cosmology, biology, history, and astronomy, all aspects of space and science are covered in this book.

Read it For:
This book explores the worldview of Sagan on science and extraterrestrial life
Don't Read it For:
if you are looking for a narrower, science based narrative on the cosmos, avoid this one.

Packing for Mars

This book is a fascinating, funny, witty science fiction based on life in space and the intricacies of being human beings. What happens if you are unable to walk, smell flowers or perform your daily activities for a year? How is it like to live on another planet?

Read it For:
This book provides a hilarious account of living in space while you’re still on earth
Don't Read it For:
If you are looking for a theoretical, less unconventional book, skip this one.
What makes this book stand out?:
This book is funny, imaginative, fascinating and gripping.

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