Top 10 Space Books for Adults

If you want your reading to be out of this world, then you need some super space books in your life. We have guides to the solar system, books on scientific theories and even a space atlas in our range, so, if youu're interested in physics and want to know more about the cosmos, our stellar books are here to help. Check out our top 10 space books for adults for some astronomically good reads!

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1. Wonders of the Universe

Professor Brian Cox and Andrew Cohen

Discover the wonders of the universe with TV's favourite physics expert, Professor Brian Cox. Using evidence and examples from the natural world, Brian manages to simplify the complexities of the universe in this great book for physics fans. Learn all about the history of the universe and the billions of stars and galaxies in this fascinating read.

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2. Nature Guide: Stars and Planets


This handy book all about the stars and planets visible in the night sky is perfect for any stargazer. With a guide on how to start stargazing and images of 88 constellations and various planets to spot, this book is great for anyone with even the most basic understanding of the night sky.

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3. The Universe Explained to My Grandchildren

Hubert Reeves

Astrophysicist Hubert Reeves uses conversations he's had with his granddaughters to inspire his book all about the science of the universe. He recalls times when they watched the night sky together, looking out at the stars as he'd answer all their questions about space. This is a very unique space book and a brilliant read.

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4. Universe: Exploring the Astronomical World

Phaidon Editors

This book is a collection of images covering the history of our perceptions of the universe. Starting with ancient cave drawings and moving on through paintings and sculptures from the last few centuries and then to modern film and animation, you'll find 300 fascinating pictures of stars, planets and more. This book really is an amazing exploration of science history.

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5. The Sun

Leon Golub and Jay M. Pasachoff

Leon Golub and Jay M. Pasachoff's book focuses on the one thing we all revolve around - the sun. They take a fascinating look into what the sun is and the role it plays in our solar system. With stunning images, eye-opening facts and a guide for safely observing the sun, you will find a new-found appreciation for this mighty star.

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6. Moon Manual

David M. Harland

Now you've found the perfect book for understanding the importance of the sun, can we recommend the ideal book for getting to grips with the role of the moon? Recent expeditions have brought us new information about previous moon landings and more about what we can find on the surface. Written as a manual, you'll become an expert in all things lunar in no time with this great space book.

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7. Space Atlas

James S. Trefil

National Geographic has put together the first ever atlas of the universe! With amazing imagery from space telescopes you can see into the cosmos and explore the planets and stars of our galaxy and beyond in the pages of this beautiful space book.

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8. The Secret Life of Space

Heather Couper and Nigel Henbest

Uncover the history of the biggest discoveries we've ever made about space, from the invention of the first telescope to the Big Bang theory, in this fascinating read. Heather and Nigel shine a light on the real scientific pioneers who have, all too often, been lost to history. Plus, they reveal details about the future of space travel and a very intriguing story about an engineer who may have found evidence of life on Mars...

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9. A Brief History of Time

Stephen Hawking

Stephen Hawking takes you through some of the biggest questions in physics in this international bestseller. After considering the theories of key scientific thinkers, including Albert Einstein, he details his own theories and ideas on the universe and all we still don't know about it, from black holes to the beginning of time itself. This book is an absolute must-read for every space specialist and physics fan.

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10. Space

Carole Stott

Using amazing images from outer space, including some photographs sourced from NASA, this book takes you on a journey from earth to the edge of the universe. There are over 100 pictures and loads of information about the spacecrafts that were used to obtain them, as well as facts about planets, asteroids and all that has been discovered in the known universe.

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Take one giant leap into these brilliant space books today.

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    "Grandpa, how big is the universe? How far are the stars? How can we tell the sun's age? Are we stardust? What is thunder? Is the universe expanding? Do black holes exist? What is the future of the universe?" "The book was born from conversations I had with one of my granddaughters, on certain summer evenings. All during its writing, I was able to relive those August evenings when the children showered me with questions while we awaited the shooting stars. The contemplation of the heavenly vault and the sense of our presence among the stars inspired a shared wish to know more about this mysterious cosmos in which we live. Here we will be talking about science, but that in no way rules out poetry." Hubert Reeves In this book, master astrophysicist Hubert Reeves unlocks the secrets of the universe. This is his spiritual testament to younger generations and a perfect occasion for us all to revise our conceptions about the cosmos.
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    Professor Brian Cox is back with another insightful and mind-blowing exploration of space. This time he shows us our universe as we've never seen it before. 13.7 billion years old. 93 billion light years wide. It contains over 100 billion galaxies, each containing hundreds of billions of stars. This infinite, vast and complex Universe has been the subject of human fascination and scientific exploration for thousands of years. The wonders of the Universe might seem alien to us and impossible to understand, but away from the telescopes, the labs and the white coats, Professor Brian Cox uses the evidence found in the natural world around us to explain its simple truths. Travelling to the North Pole, Professor Cox demonstrates how spinning worlds create electrical currents and magnetism; he looks at the South Pacific Ocean to explain how the Universe communicates and moves in waves; he shows us how the water of the Angel Falls waterfall in Venezuela behaves exactly like the light does around a black hole. The same laws of light, gravity, time, matter and energy that govern us here on Earth are the same as those applied in the Universe. Using 3D CGI imagery, his expert knowledge and his infectious enthusiasm, Professor Cox shows us that if we can understand the impact of these governing laws on Earth it will bring us a step closer to an understanding of our Universe.
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    Take an incredible journey through Space, starting from a launchpad on earth, to the solar system, the Milky Way and beyond, and finally to the very edges of the visible universe. Featuring the latest spectacular images from NASA and other sources, including more than 100 pictures released during the last two years, makes this a journey of a lifetime. Discover the technology and spacecrafts behind these extraordinary journeys, learn more about planets, asteroids, and galaxies as they are introduced and supported with explanatory artworks and find out about the important discoveries that have been made.
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    From maps of the moon to diagrams of multiple universes based on the newest ideas in string theory - this volume takes the concept of an atlas and blasts it into outer space! With spectacularly colourful and awe-inspiring imagery from all the exciting space telescopes and probes, together with meticulously drafted and labelled maps of nearby planets and even some of their moons, "Space: An Illustrated Atlas" is a wonder to behold and a volume to treasure. Prolific author James Trefil, an endowed professor of physics and veteran writer of science books, guides us through our solar system, then our Milky Way galaxy, and out beyond, at each stage offering pictures, maps, and diagrams, many conveying the newest information about the universe, never-before-presented in an atlas.
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    The late, great Stephen Hawking's classic book about who we are, how we came to be and the secrets that still lie at the heart of space and time.

    From the Big Bang to black holes, via spiral galaxies and strong theory, this book uses accessible language to cover the concept of the universe and answer questions including when time began and if it could run backwards.
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    The Secret Life of Space is the definitive guide to understanding the key breakthroughs and discoveries mankind has made to unravel the mysteries of the Cosmos. This engaging and fast-paced narrative debunks the urban myths of astronomy, revealing the true stories behind our biggest breakthroughs. Starting with the discovery that Stonehenge was actually built to celebrate the winter solstice rather than the summer, this book leads us through history to reveal that the telescope was not invented by Galileo, Einstein did not predict the presence of black holes or the Big Bang and Copernicus's theory that the Sun was at the centre of the Universe might have actually disappeared without a trace had it not been for the efforts of one of his fanatical disciples. Renowned scientists and authors Nigel Henbest and Heather Couper also uncover the unsung heroes and heroines who have been overlooked in the history of scientific endeavor. These stories include the computer engineer who discovered more exploding stars in his back garden than anyone else in history, the teacher who developed the basis for radio astronomy and the sanitary engineer who found evidence of life on Mars. Finally, they look to today's increasing possibility of space travel as we push the frontiers of discovery and ask the perennial question, is there life out there?
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    There is renewed interest in the Moon in recent years, with the news that a Chinese lunar rover landed on the Moon in January 2014, and NASA announcing that it is looking for private partners to land a robot on the Moon's surface, as the first step in a programme to exploit the commercial opportunities offered by the Moon. Recent lunar expeditions by both orbiting spacecraft and 'landers' have uncovered far more detail about the Moon's surface and geology, including the trail of Neil Armstrong's first walk on the Moon in 1969. This manual explains in simple and straightforward terms, with a wealth of illustrations and photographs, what we have discovered about the Moon over the centuries, along with a general overview of the vehicles involved in the exploration.
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    Anyone who wants to start stargazing will enjoy this compact guide to our solar system.

    From the planets to all 88 constellations that brighten up the night sky, it is expertly written and packed full of stunning images that reveal the intricate details and unique characteristics of every element.

    It also contains information on the tools and techniques you'll need to observe the night skies.
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    Essential for life on earth and a major influence on our environment, the Sun is also the most fascinating object in the daytime sky. Every day we feel the effect of its coming and going - literally the difference between day and night. But figuring out what the Sun is, what it's made of, why it glows so brightly, how old it is, how long it will last - all of these take thought and observation. Leon Golub and Jay M. Pasachoff offer an engaging and informative account of what scientists know about the Sun, and the history of these discoveries. Solar astronomers have studied the Sun over the centuries both for its intrinsic interest and in order to use it as a laboratory to reveal the secrets of other stars. The authors discuss the surface of the Sun, including sunspots and their eleven-year cycle, as well as the magnetism that causes them; the Sun's insides, as studied mainly from seismic waves that astronomers record on its surface; the outer layers of the Sun that we see from Earth only at eclipses and from spacecraft; and space weather, the radiation and particles that we on Earth receive from the Sun in flares or other ejections. Golub and Pasachoff also provide instructions on how to observe the Sun safely, and how to attend and to observe solar eclipses. Illustrated with a wide variety of beautiful solar images, this informative book will appeal to both scientists and a more general readership interested in this star at the centre of our solar system. Published in association with the Science Museum, London.
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    Explore the stars and planets and beyond through 300 fascinating images - an international panel of experts take you on a journey through man's record of the universe - from ancient cave paintings to animation. Universe is a groundbreaking survey that celebrates the popular subject of astronomy through 300 images created by those who have tried to understand - or who have been inspired by - the beauty and mystery of stars, planets, and beyond. Carefully chosen by an international panel of experts and arranged to highlight thought-provoking contrasts and similarities, the selection includes paintings, photographs, sculpture, animation, prints, sketches, and digital renderings with iconic works by renowned photographers, artists, and astronomers alongside previously unpublished finds.