Did you attend Mr. Molecule’s Outer Space Adventures for STEAM Week this year and want to learn more? Or maybe you miss all the excitement from April surrounding the great solar eclipse. Try exploring astronomy as a hobby. A great place to start is the NASA website which is filled with educational information for all levels. You can also check out two local amateur astronomy associations: Cuyahoga Astronomical Association and the Cleveland Astronomical Society. Listed below are some titles from the library’s collection to help you explore further. Don’t forget, the Perseid Meteor Shower is active coming up from the middle of July to late August!

Astronomy guides to get you started

Simply Astronomy is great for Astronomy beginners or those wanting a quick refresher in basic concepts. Small and easily portable, this guide covers areas such as the solar system, stars and galaxies, observing the night sky, and the constellations. User-friendly charts and larger and darker print make this guide easier to read or browse and an excellent star-gazing companion.

How Space Works: the Facts Visually Explained is filled with easy-to-understand graphics on a wide variety of concepts. For beginners to astronomy, this guide covers the areas of space from Earth, The solar system, stars, galaxies and the universe, and space exploration.

Stars and Planets has easy-to-use charts and diagrams to help you identify constellations and planets. This book is divided into four parts: an introduction to astronomy, a guide to the solar system, an alphabetical catalog of the constellations, and month by month constellation maps. Its small and compact format makes it another easily portable book to take on trips.

The Practical Astronomer: Explore the Wonders of the Night Sky uses full color maps, pictures, and tables to teach the basics of stargazing and astronomy skills. Topics include: understanding the universe, looking up, observing and recording, pathfinders, the solar system, and star charts.

What We See in the Stars: An Illustrated Tour of the Night Sky by Kelsey Oseid is filled with wonderful illustrations on the the constellations, the Milky Way, the moon, the sun, the planets, asteroids, comets & Meteors, and deep space. Print is also large and easy to read. Includes info on phases of the Moon.


What’s on the Digital Shelves


Astronomy for Dummies by award-winning NASA scientists Stephen Maran and Richard Fienberg takes you on a tour through the Solar System, the Milky Way Galaxy, and the edges of the Universe. Discover basics of astronomy, stargazing, and the resources and tech tools you can use to improve your skills. Available as an audiobook on Hoopla.

The Astronomy Book: Big Ideas Simply Explained will give you an overview about complex topics in a simple and easy to follow format. Learn how ideas and concepts in Astronomy developed. Filled with lots of interesting graphs, facts, charts, and timelines to keep your curiosity and interest. Available as an eBook on Libby.

Astronomy Magazine has expert science reporting, vivid color photography, observation tips, telescope reviews and more. Great for any level. Available as a magazine on Libby.

Astronomy for Beginners: The Introduction Guide to Space, Cosmos, Galaxies & Celestial Bodies by Sally Ball will teach you why and how Astronomy is an observational science. Learn the basics of astronomy, history of the constellations, and more. Available as an audiobook on Hoopla.

In Stargazing, Tom Kersis gives advice to Astronomy beginners on telescopes, planets. and how to plan your stargazing experience during specific dates throughout the year. Available as an audiobook on Hoopla.