By Clifton P. Dowell
I love looking up at a dark, starry sky. It fills me with a sense of wonder and a curiosity to learn more about what’s going on up there. I also love books of all kinds. So you won’t be surprised to hear that I have a lot of books about astronomy.
For every hour I’ve spent outside with a telescope, I’ve probably spent dozens of hours reading books about observing. I like star guides, equipment reviews, books about making telescopes or using computers to do astrophotography — you name it. For me, it’s all part of the same interest. I’m exploring the world of astronomy though reading.
That’s the great thing about any hobby. It’s fun just thinking about it.
I’m going to talk about a few of my favorite astronomy books. Most of them are famous, time-tested and easy to find. Without a doubt, there are some great science books for kids. Some are written especially for young people; some are not. But all of them are accessible and have interesting parts for any reader. (I read books all the time that have parts I don’t quite understand, so don’t let that discourage you.)
I’m also going to look around for books I don’t know about yet but that would be perfect for young backyard astronomers. There are great books being published every day so we’ll try to keep up with the best of them.