Are we alone in the Universe? Was there anything before the Big Bang? Are there other universes? What makes stars shine? Where does Earth's water come from? Why is the night sky dark? Was there ever life on Mars? How do telescopes work? This engaging guide book answers all these questions and hundreds more, making it a practical reference for anyone who has ever wondered what is out in the cosmos, where it all comes from, and how it all works. Richly illustrated in color throughout, it gives simple yet rigorous explanations in non-technical language, summarizing current astronomical knowledge, without overlooking the important underlying scientific principles. This second edition includes substantial new material throughout, including the latest findings from the New Horizons, Rosetta, and Dawn space missions, and images from professional telescopes such as the Hubble Space Telescope and the Atacama Large Millimeter Array.
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There are numerous books on astronomy. Below are our suggestions of several books from the elementary to more specialized and some advanced-level ones. This list is far from complete, but it will help you to pick among a large choice. Do not hesitate to explore the Internet and read reviews about the books that may be of interest. Some books are several years old and yet are still very informative. Most of them are obtainable (sometimes in a used version) if you search the Internet carefully.
Wikipedia hosts a very large number of excellent articles on all topics of astronomy and with a number of images and illustrations.
almaobservatory.org: the website of the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array.
amateurastronomy.com: the website of Amateur Astronomy Magazine, written by amateur astronomers for amateur astronomers.
apod.nasa.gov/apod/: the website of Astronomy Picture of the Day. There is an archive of images and there are “mirror sites” in a large number of languages (see About APOD).
astrobiology.nasa.gov: the NASA website on astrobiology.
astronomy.com: the website of the Astronomy magazine with news, updates on the Sun, the Moon, and the planets in the sky. Several articles giving good introductions to different topics of astronomy, including “How to get started in the hobby of astronomy.”
astronomy.org.au: the website of the Australian Astronomical Society with sections on amateur astronomy and education.
casca.ca: the Canadian Astronomical Society website has a section on Canada’s astronomy education.
cfht.hawaii.edu: the Canada–France–Hawai’i Telescope website.
chandra.harvard.edu: the website of the Chandra X-ray Observatory.
www.ctio.noao.edu/noao/content/astro-tourism-chile gives information on several small observatories open to the public and travelers in Chile.
earthquake.usgs.gov: continuous updates on earthquake activity on our planet and many other resources.
esa.int: European Space Agency website.
eso.org/public: the European Southern Observatory website.
gemini.edu: the Gemini Observatory website.
www.hkas.org.hk: website of the Hong Kong Astronomical Society with lots of information (mostly in Chinese) for amateurs.
hubblesite.org: website from the Space Telescope Science Institute including a gallery, newsitems, educational items, and other information about the Hubble Space Telescope.
jpl.nasa.gov: Jet Propulsion Laboratory, the NASA center that manages many of the NASA interplanetary space missions.
nasa.gov: NASA website (see also the search engine nix.nasa.gov).
nasa.gov/mission_pages/LRO/main/index.html: Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter website.
www.nrao.edu: the website of the National Radio Astronomy Observatory.
nssdc.gsfc.nasa.gov/planetary/: a NASA website on “what’s new in lunar and planetary science.”
panther-observatory.com: a fine example of an amateur observatory and of astrophotography being conducted and tips on equipment and observing procedures.
planetary.org/explore/space-topics/citizen-science/ for a list of Citizen Science projects in astronomy.
ras.org.uk: the website of the Royal Astronomical Society, giving extensive information of astronomical activites in the UK. Good sections of information for everyone: schools, students, and professionals.
skyandtelescope.com/news: the website of the Sky & Telescope astronomy magazine with weekly news about astronomy. It offers an eBook Library, including an Astrophotography Primer.
spitzer.caltech.edu: the Spitzer Space Telescope website.
webbtelescope.org: information site for the James Webb Space Telescope.
wikipedia.org: online encyclopedia with numerous articles on astronomy topics.
worldwidetelescope.org is an open source set of applications and data services that gives access and displays astronomical and earth science data.
youtube.com: a very popular website with access to numerous computer simulations with excellent visualizations.
zooniverse.org: Citizen Science projects in a variety of science areas.
See also the websites dedicated to amateur astronomy listed in Q. 208.
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